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Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Midland and Beyond

Both the state of Texas and the federal government are tough on suspected crime. A felony conviction may result in significant, potentially life-altering consequences. If you are being investigated for a crime or you have already been charged, you should consult an experienced attorney. Midland criminal defense lawyer Michael J. Brown can provide aggressive strategies to protect your rights against the prosecution. He can assist people who need a federal crimes attorney or representation in fighting charges of white collar crimes, drug crimes, or juvenile offenses, among others.

Federal Crimes

Michael J. Brown represents people who are facing prosecution for federal drug crimes, cyber crimes, and white collar crimes. He can also bring an appeal on your behalf in the federal criminal justice system. If you are charged with a drug crime in the federal system, you may face a severe mandatory minimum sentence, even for a relatively small amount of a drug. Under 21 U.S.C. § 841(a), it is illegal for anyone to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, distribute, possess with intent to manufacture, or dispense a controlled substance. If, for example, you are caught manufacturing a kilogram or more of a substance that includes a detectable amount of heroin, the mandatory minimum sentence under federal law is 10 years imprisonment, with a maximum of life. If someone dies or a serious bodily injury occurs because of the use of this substance, the mandatory minimum is 20 years plus a substantial fine.

Cyber crimes can include viruses, worms, computer intrusions, and denial of service attacks. The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has been amended many times as technology has developed to cover computer-related criminal attacks. For example, the law includes a provision that penalizes people who intentionally damage, destroy, or alter data belonging to others by distributing malicious code. Under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(7), threats to steal data on a victim's computer, publicly disclose data that has been stolen, or not repair damage caused to a victim's computer are also criminalized. Protected computers under § 1030(e)(2) include any computer that is used in interstate or foreign commerce or communication.

Drug Crimes

Texas takes drug crimes very seriously, including those involving marijuana. Even possessing two ounces or less of marijuana is charged as a Class B Misdemeanor and can potentially be punished with up to 180 days in jail and $2,000 in fines, as well as a six-month loss of a convicted offender's driver's license.

A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can look at whether a suspect's constitutional and procedural rights have been violated. For example, the police must have probable cause in most cases to conduct a search of your home or car. If your attorney can show that the police did not have probable cause to search the place where they found drugs, it may be possible to suppress any evidence seized during that search. Since prosecutors must meet the demanding standard of guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt," the loss of significant evidence may result in a reduction of charges or even a dismissal.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes include embezzlement, securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, income tax evasion, mail fraud, and mortgage fraud, among other offenses. Michael J. Brown can defend you against charges of both federal and state white collar crimes.

Federal embezzlement covers theft from the federal government, as well as theft of property owned by a private entity for which the federal government paid pursuant to contract. State embezzlement laws apply to theft from state and local government officials, as well as theft from private entities or individuals. Employees who steal from their private employers may be charged under state law. In Texas, embezzlement is penalized under Texas Stat. & Code Ann. § 31.03 according to the value or the type of goods or services that were taken. For example, if you embezzle between $500 and $1,500 from your employer's petty cash drawer, you may be penalized with 180 days to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. If there is an aggravating factor, such as embezzling from an elderly person or nonprofit, the penalties may be enhanced.

Juvenile Crimes

In Texas, most juvenile offenders are convicted and sentenced in county courts, which are provided guidance by county juvenile boards. Special rules apply to juvenile criminal charges, making it crucial to consult a criminal attorney with experience in these types of cases. For example, once a detention hearing is held, children must be released unless the judge determines that a child suspect is likely to leave, lacks appropriate supervision, has no parent or someone else who will bring him or her back to court as required, presents a danger to him or herself or threatens the public safety, or is a repeat delinquent offender and likely to commit another crime. A Progressive Sanctions Model that involves seven sanction levels is applied to juvenile offenders.

Consult an Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Midland Area

Midland criminal defense attorney Michael J. Brown is ready to help people who need a white collar crime attorney or assistance in fighting charges of drug crimes, juvenile offenses, or federal crimes. Board Certified in Criminal Law, Mr. Brown has tried over 150 cases to a jury verdict in both state and federal courts. He also represents people in Odessa, Ozona, Lubbock, Midland, Alpine, Van Horn, Lamesa, Post, Big Spring, Fort Davis, Anson, and other communities throughout Jones, Midland, Lubbock, Crockett, Brewster, Culberson, Dawson, Garza, Howard, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Martin Counties. Contact Michael J. Brown at 432-687-5157 or via our online form for a free initial consultation.