Weapons Crimes in Federal Court

A person who buys and sells weapons (operable firearms) is subject to obtaining a license as a federal firearms dealer if he/she is engaged in the business of selling firearms. Title 18 U.S. Code §921 contains various definitions of engaging the business of selling / being a dealer, engaging in the business of manufacturing, and exceptions to being engaged in such a business.
Often, persons who casually make sales, or sell from their collections, become subject to licensing and federal criminal prosecution if they sell weapons, or “manufacture” weapons. “Manufacture” can include simply assembling legal weapons parts, which results in a completed weapon that an operable firearm. The “gray area” is, or can be, where a person assembles parts (including receivers, uppers, etc.) into a completed weapon, but only does this on a limited basis. Another area that is questionable as to whether the person is “manufacturing” weapons without a license, is when he/she is paid a fee to assemble the parts into a weapon but then returns the completed weapon to the person who paid for the assembly, rather than keeping the completed weapon to sell it himself/herself. Continue reading “Weapons Crimes in Federal Court”

Engaging in Organized Crime

Legal Guide

Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

Engaging in organized crime’ and criminal activity is a steep legal charge, which is generally utilized when a group works in sync to commit a crime. In lay language when criminal activity is conducted in a rather systematic and structured manner and with an aim to generate illegal income, the Federal and state law then defines it as organized criminal activity. For instance, when a group of people (3 or more people) conspire for stealing something or works in a group for selling drugs, it falls under the category of ‘organized criminal activity’. It is quite a serious charge and therefore should be taken seriously.

Organized crime is a broad category and engaging in organized criminal activity is the state prosecution’s equivalent charge to a conspiracy charge that is frequently used in federal prosecutions. This is because it involves alleged criminal activity by a group of persons who agree to attempt to commit a crime, and who go forward with their agreement to try to carry through with the criminal activity, whether it is fraud, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, or other illegal activity.

It is a complex area, which should be dealt by only experienced defense lawyer. You should build your defense without any further delay if you are charged withorganized criminal activity.

Of course; the techniques and activities may vary however the crime broadly involves

  • Violence
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Trade in illicit substances

As briefed, charges for organized criminal activity carry huge penalties and are even harsher than the penalties for common crime charge. Of course a strong and foolproof defense is vital for defending yourself against these charges and the experienced criminal defense attorney in Dallas, John R Teakell can help in protecting you from life threatening charges.

Groups engaged in organized criminal activity have always been the focal point of the law enforcement agencies on the state and federal levels. Texas, on the state level thus enacted this ‘organized crimes law’ against people who engage in illegal activities.

Different Types of Organized Crimes

According to Texas Penal Code it is a crime to be engaged in conspiring and committing organized criminal activity. It involves –

  • Murder and capital murder
  • Gambling
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Burglary
  • Arson (Malicious burning for destroying property/evidence)
  • Theft
  • Sexual assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Illegal sale of firearms
  • Illegal manufacture of dangerous drugs
  • Illegal delivery of drugs
  • Promoting prostitution
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Other Felony fraud offenses ( under the chapter 32 of the state Penal Code)

Keep in mind; the state prosecutors have the option of adding the charge of ‘engaged in organized criminal activity’ separately. Let’s take an example here – an individual charged with credit card or debit card crime can also be charged with ‘organized criminal activity’ if in case the circumstantial and other evidences clearly show that he committed the crime with two other individuals.

Even if the underlying crime does not take place, a person can still be charged with violating section 71.02 of the Texas Penal Code for ‘conspiring’ to commit the crime. You need to protect yourself in such instances. You should get the best criminal defense attorney for effective criminal defense in Dallas. Teakell is nationally recognized for his skill in criminal defense. The Law Office of John R. Teakell is committed to the best representation for clients who are under investigation for, or who are charged with, criminal offenses. Whether the investigation or Indictment is from federal court or state court, the law office is ready to meet all your needs for criminal defense representation.

Consequences of Organized criminal activity charge

There is no hiding from the fact that engaging in organized criminal activity is punishable as typically a category higher than the “most grievous and most serious underlying charge”

On the other hand; the offense is a FIRST DEGREE felony and carries the punishment of lifelong imprisonment without parole if the offense is proved as an aggravated sexual assault, if the defendant is of 18 years or more and the victim is of 6 years or less.

If the victim is less than 14 years and the defendant commits aggravated sexual assault; if the victim is less than 17 years and suffers serious bodily injury due to the offense, it will also be considered as FIRST DEGREE felony.

Furthermore; if a criminal street gang is involved in the crime, it also falls under the organized criminal activity and is considered as a FIRST DEGREE felony.

Stay Informed About the Dangers of Overcharging

This law is certainly a powerful tool and when used properly the law helps the enforcement department in combating street gangs and criminal organizations, which otherwise may pose serious risk to the society and community. However often the law is overused and is labeled as ‘overcharging’.

It happens when the state prosecutor charges something more serious and something bigger than what ‘they’ (read the defendants) actually did. Let’s take an example here to understand ‘overcharging’ better. Let’s say 2 people decided to break into a car and steal something. They committed the crime. Later they call over a friend or picks up a friend and all 3 were found in the car when the car was pulled by the law enforcement department. It can be labeled as ‘overcharged’ if all of 3 of them are charged with ‘engaging in organized crime’. On the contrary the reality is 1 would not be guilty and the rest of them would be charged a misdemeanor instead of jail felony.

How John. R. Teakell the criminal defense attorney in Dallas can help.

The fact of the matter is; you need not to be the member of any infamous gang in order to be charged with organized crime. To be precise; you even do not have to know the identities of the other alleged participants to be charged with organized crime. All that the prosecutor needs to charge you with organized crime is just the evidence that 3 or more people have worked together to carry out the criminal activity. It is thus quite easy to find yourself facing serious charge and even more serious consequences than you may actually have thought.

Only an experienced lawyer has the legal knowledge, skill and the technical knowhow to point out to the jury where that evidence falls short. The Law Office of John R. Teakell stands ready to assist in your case, not only in court appearances, but also in preparing evidence to rebut the government’s case or in the preparation of a trial defense. His skill, technical knowhow and immense experience in this particular area can save you from prison or can help in shaving years off from an otherwise possible sentence.

Remember; the charge of organized criminal activity requires proof beyond all reasonable doubt. This means; the evidence that the prosecutor collects should establish the fact that the defendant acted with an intention to “participate in a combination, to commit or conspire to commit one or more offenses.” Criminal defense in Dallas is complex and Teakell can work to establish the fact that no such organized criminal activity has been committed if 3 or more people were not involved. During the pre-file investigation Teakell can work to convince the prosecutor that the evidence is not adequate enough in proving that the combination of people existed. Of course; this means reduced charges. Teakell maintains open and clear level of communication in order to pursue the best outcome possible, regardless of the complexity of the case.

Retaining the best criminal defense attorney early in the investigation is therefore very critical to form a strong defense in your favor. Fret not; he knows how to counter prosecutor’s strategies in order to obtain favorable results. Act now if you have been charged with engaging in organized crime. Talk to Teakell Now

Weapons Charges

Criminal with KnifeFederal Firearm & Weapons Charges

Federal firearms laws provide severe penalties for improper firearms use or possession. For example, possession of firearms by convicted felons or drug users can provide punishments of up to ten years imprisonment.  In fact, many don’t know this but the use of a shotgun or assault weapon adds ten years to a violent crime. If an automatic weapon, silencer or destructive device is used, thirty years imprisonment is added to the underlying charges.

The recent changes to conceal carry permits and open carry laws have really made the legal restrictions and implications confusing. One thing is for sure, the penalties for carrying a firearm by a violent offender, drug trafficker, or felon are much more severe.
These violations are found in Title 18 U.S. Code §922, et seq. These are the “prohibited persons” listing in Title 18 U.S. Code regarding firearms laws/violations. The most common offenses are as follows, which include well-known offenses of possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking in firearms without a license, and possession or use of a firearm during a drug offense.

  • A. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • B. Trafficking in Firearms by Non-Registered Dealer
  • C. Possession of a Non-Registered Automated Firearm (machine gun)
  • D. Possession or Use of a Firearm in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Felony
  • E. Possession of Body Armor by Violent Felons
  • F. Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien
  • G. Possession of a Firearm by a Drug User or Addict
  • H. Violations of Interstate Transportation of Firearms
  • I. Prohibited or Restricted Ammunition
  • J. Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility
  • K. Possession of a Firearm by a Mentally Defective Person
  • L. Possession of a Firearm by a Person Subject to a Court Order for Threatening, Harassing, or Stalking an Intimate Partner
  • M. Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Domestic Violence
  • N. Manufacture, Importation, Sale or Possession of a Firearm Not Detectable by Airport Security Devices

State Firearms Charges

While Texas is considered a state with fairly loose gun laws with wide latitude for legal gun owners, it is still surprisingly easy to be charged with a crime.  The Texas authorities do not take these offenses lightly, and you could easily end up facing serious felony charges if you are accused of violating many Texas weapon laws. Texas state charges sometimes are similar to a few of the federal firearms charges, and the ones usually seen or used are:

A. Felon in Possession of a Firearm

B. Weapon in a Prohibited Place (including the secured area of an airport)

C. Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

Weapons aren’t limited to just guns under the Texas Penal Code. Illegal possession, carry and use offenses also apply to everything from clubs to chemical sprays to knives.

If you are charged with illegal possession or a weapons charge, you need a felony criminal defense lawyer who will be able to assess the evidence and either fight the charges, such as by trying to have the weapon suppressed as the fruit of an illegal search, or negotiate a plea deal to a lesser charge. Contact John Teakell’s Law Firm today for immediate help.

Drug Trafficking – State Cases

Drug Trafficking State Penalties & Sentencing Guidelines

For more indepth information, case examples, and statues, see John Teakell’s Drug Trafficking & Possession Case Brief and Steroid & HGH Drug Trafficking Case Brief. For a quick overview of cocaine, heroin, marijuana trafficking sentences, jail time, and punishments, see below.

Cocaine Trafficking Charges

  • 500 – 4999 gm mixture
  • First Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • 5 kgs or more mixture
  • First Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.
  • If you or a loved one has been accused of drug trafficking charges contact drug trafficking defense attorney John Teakell for your 100% free consultation by submitting your information here. If you are only researching the topic, continue below.

Heroin Trafficking Charges

  • 100 – 999 gms mixture
  • First Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • 1 kg or more
  • First Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.

Marijuana Trafficking Charges

  • 1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants
  • First Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.
  • Second Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 20 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if other than an individual.
  • 100 to 999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants
  • First Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years. If death or serous injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.
  • Second Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.

Drug Trafficking – Federal Cases

Drug Trafficking Federal Cases


By John Teakell, Attorney-at-Law

Dallas, TX

I. Introduction

Traditionally, cases prosecuted in federal court were either larger, complex drug trafficking cases, or white-collar crime offenses. This is still true today, although there are a variety of federal offenses prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice. Other such cases include public corruption, computer/Internet crimes, weapons offenses, immigration fraud or smuggling, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Drug trafficking cases with large quantities of controlled substances (illegal drugs) continue to account for a significant percentage of federal cases, and defendants prosecuted federally for drug cases account for a large portion of inmates in federal correctional facilities.

Federal prosecutions differ greatly from most prosecutions in state courts, and this writing highlights those differences, and it outlines the significant issues that a defendant or his attorney will encounter when defending a drug trafficking case in federal court. Many people are aware of the fact that sentences are harsher in federal court, yet they are not familiar with the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide a “point system” for defendants convicted in federal court. The Sentencing Guidelines calculations are based to a large degree on the quantity for which a defendant is deemed responsible. Also, such drug cases in federal court are more complex due the number of persons involved, the sizeable quantities involved, the length of investigation time, the amount of government resources dedicated to the investigation, and therefore, the discovery evidence that a defendant and his federal counsel are entitled to see upon indictment.

Federal drug cases usually are the result of an investigation that covers a variety of investigative techniques and that produces various evidence. Examples include telephone records, recorded conversations, surveillance, trash “runs,” and sometimes, wire-tap investigations (involving a judge-authorized recording of telephone conversations of targets of the investigation).

Also, conspiracy charges are the norm in federal drug indictments, as there are usually various persons involved in the trafficking of large quantities of illegal substances, and a conspiracy charge allows federal prosecutors to include targets who have a lesser role in the trafficking scheme.

II. Charges and Statutes

a. Drug Charges

Drug trafficking offenses and charges of possession of drugs with intent to distribute are found in Title 21 of the United States Code. Most drug trafficking statutes for federal prosecution are in Title 18 U.S. Code §841, and conspiracy to commit one of these drug offenses is listed in Title 18 U.S. Code §846. Another federal statute used in federal drug prosecutions is using a communication device to facilitate or further a drug trafficking offense, commonly known as a “telephone count.” This communication device offense is located within Title 18, U.S. Code §843.

Often, money laundering charges are included in a federal drug trafficking Indictment, as well as asset forfeiture provisions regarding certain real or personal properties allegedly acquired through proceeds of the sale of illegal drugs.

b. Other Charges Often Used in Federal Drug Trafficking Cases

1.Gun Charges

Weapons charges are very commonly used in drug case Indictments in federal court, usually resulting in additional counts in the Indictment. One such gun charge is based upon handguns, rifles or shotguns that are used or carried during the course of a drug trafficking case. See Title 18 U.S. Code §924(c). This statute allows federal prosecutors to indict on additional charges (thus, potentially making the sentence even more severe) even if the gun is not brandished or pointed at a person. The “924(c)” charge only requires proof that the defendant used or carried the weapon during the drug trafficking felony, which may be based upon having a handgun, shotgun or rifle in the vicinity of the activities.

2. Money Laundering

Money laundering is basically defined as making a transaction with proceeds of a criminal activity when knowing that these proceeds “derive” or originate from, a criminal activity. Classic money laundering was/is accomplished in order to try to conceal the fact that the monies produced were the result of criminal offenses. Thus, money laundering charges are quite common for federal drug trafficking cases, as often the large quantities of controlled substances yield substantial profits from sales, which are invested in real estate or businesses, or are attempted to be hidden in certain bank accounts. The “traditional” money laundering statute found in the federal criminal code is located at 18 U.S. Code §1956.

Actually, pursuant to 18 U.S. Code §1957, just conducting some kind of transaction, where a purchase or simply a transfer into another account, with proceeds known to be from criminal activity, can be prosecuted as money laundering in federal court.

III. Investigations

  • a. Informants/Cooperators
  • b. Searches and Seizures
  • c. Telephone Records
  • d. Trash Runs
  • e. Wire Tap Investigations
  • f. Other Recorded Conversations
  • g. Surveillance
  • h. Transactions
  • i. Drug Ledgers
  • j. Photographs
  • k. Large Amounts of Cash
  • l. Bank records
  • m. Real estate records

IV. Informants

Persons who cooperate with the government in the prosecution of federal drug trafficking cases may be categorized as “informants,” “confidential sources,” or “cooperators.” An informant is a person who may or may not have criminal charges pending, with charges that are pending or a criminal case that is forthcoming against him.

A confidential source is usually a person who provides a one-time debriefing or information on a limited basis. A cooperator is a generic term, but it usually means that the person is cooperating because of a case that is pending and he is trying to obtain a sentence reduction. The cooperator’s assistance may be in the form of providing historical information about the target’s activities and/or in the form of active cooperation. Active cooperation usually means participating in a transaction for illegal drugs with the government’s knowledge and consent, in order to help make cases on the targets.

V. Indictments

An Indictment in federal court is the official charge(s) or allegations against a defendant, and the Indictment may contain one or several charges or “counts” against the person, who is the subject of the case. The federal prosecutor’s office, the United States Attorney’s Office, submits a set of proposed charges against the defendant to a federal grand jury, which must find that there is probable cause before it “returns” an Indictment.

In most every federal drug case, conspiracy is charged, as there are usually two or more persons who are the targets of the investigation. If the U.S. Attorney’s Office believes the evidence will prove that these people acted in concert to distribute controlled substances (illegal drugs), the conspiracy charge will be utilized. The conspiracy charge is often used to try to obtain convictions of those who were minor participants.

VI. Conspiracy

  • a. Agreement Between Two (2) or More Persons to Commit an Illegal Act
  • b. Used Almost 100% of the Time in Federal Cases
  • c. Can Be Responsible for the Acts of Co-Conspirators
  • d. Can Be Convicted Even if You Committed No Overt Acts
  • e. Defendant May Not Know Others in the Alleged Conspiracy

VII. Pre-Indictment Representation

If a person learns that he or she is the target of a federal drug investigation, then he or she needs to obtain experienced representation so the attorney can discuss the status of the investigation and evidence. Contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on behalf of the client/defendant may prevent the target/defendant from being arrested without notice, and contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office will let the client/defendant learn the focus of the federal drug investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s belief of this person’s role in the conspiracy or offense.

VIII. Detention Versus Bond

a. Detained in Federal System if Flight Risk or Danger to Community

1) Danger to community can be the concern that a defendant may return to drug trafficking while on conditions of release;

2) Risk of flight can be neutralized by presenting evidence of “ties to the community” including family, employment, and residence.

b. Federal Statute Makes a Presumption in Drug Trafficking Cases That a Defendant Should Be Detained Without a Bond

1) This presumption can be rebutted with evidence that the defendant is not a danger to the community or a flight risk;

2) Many defendants are detained without a bond in federal drug trafficking cases.

c. The federal detention statutes are found at Title 18, U.S. Code, §3142.

IX. Federal Court System

See Federal Criminal Process on this site for an explanation of the federal court system as it relates to criminal cases.

X. Cooperation

Cooperation is “built in” to the federal system in the sense that cooperating defendants can indeed be rewarded for substantial cooperation in the form of a reduced sentence. Persons who cooperate will work toward any of these motions filed by the federal prosecutor’s office (U.S. Attorney’s Office): Downward Departure Motion, Motion for a Variance, or a Motion for Sentence Reduction.

Cooperation in federal criminal cases focuses on 1) testifying against those charged in the cooperator’s Indictment; 2) testifying against those in other Indictments; and/or 3) providing information or active cooperation to create a new investigation or Indictment against another person(s).

Defendants who want to attempt to cooperate to lessen their sentences will usually meet with the U.S. Attorney’s Office with their attorney, whether prior to indictment or after, to provide their information for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the case agents to evaluate the usefulness of that information. Providing this information to the government is referred to as a “proffer.”

If it appears that the U.S. Attorney agrees that this information will assist the United States in its prosecutions, then the government will go forward and use the information and/or have the cooperating defendant actively cooperate.

If the defendant substantially cooperates, then the U.S. Attorney will eventually file a motion to lower the defendant’s sentence. This is either the Downward Departure Motion, or a Motion for a Variance, which asks the court to vary from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines recommended range of punishment.

XI. Sentencing

Unlike State court cases, sentencing in federal cases is more of a formal process that requires the judge to pass sentence. There is no traditional plea-bargaining that exists in State court, i.e., no negotiations for probation or the minimum time to serve. Instead, there is a “point system” based upon the quantity of illegal drugs for which the defendant is responsible, as well as other enhancements that add points. These other enhancements commonly are: 1) use of or carrying a weapon, and 2) organizer/leader/manager of a group of persons.

These sentencing guidelines and the recommendations are found in the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual. The points are determined by the court and points are deducted for pleading guilty and accepting responsibility. The net offense level is determined and the grid for recommended imprisonment is found at the Sentencing Table, which has ranges in imprisonment listed in months, such as 87 – 108 months incarceration.

XII. Sentence Reduction

If the United States Attorney moves the court to lower the sentence of a defendant for substantial cooperation, the court will most likely grant the motion. Then the question becomes how much of a reduction will the court make.

The court can vary from the recommended U.S. Sentencing Guidelines range by motion of either party or on its own.

Also, if a defendant cooperated substantially, but that cooperation did not produce results (new investigations or indictments) until after the cooperator was sentenced, then the United States Attorney can then file a Motion for Sentence Reduction. The judge will then bring the defendant back to court to re-sentence the defendant based upon the cooperation. A sentence reduction motion functions like a Downward Departure motion, only it is filed and addressed after-the-fact. A sentence reduction motion is governed by Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Drug Possession

Drug Possession

There is a fine legal line between drug possession charges and possession with intent to distribute, or PWID, (narcotics including heroin, cocaine, methampetamines and marijuana). These determining factors usually lie in: a) manner the drug is stored, b) amount of money found, c) scale or other narcotic distribution products, and most importantly e) the amount of narcotics found at the scene. However, excluding individual circumstances, many states have incorporated mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession convictions.

Any past drug convictions, the quantity of drugs found, and the type of drugs, usually dictate the severity of the charge(s) to be levied. Drugs that pose a greater risk to the individual are normally treated with greater legal penalties. For example, an arrest for marijuana should result in less severe charges than someone arrested with heroin. If the narcotics were suspected to be sold to minors, then penalties are generally more strict than normal; this includes possession of narcotics near a school, daycare, or even a university.

Many people believe that drug possession is a simple, minor crime. However, police, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies as well as state and federal laws treat the crime quite seriously. If convicted of drug possession, one might face jail time, fines, mandatory treatment and education concerning drug and alcohol abuse, justice fees, and loss of a driver’s license (dependant on the aforementioned circumstances).

Drug Possession Statistics – 2006

According to The Texas Crime Report for 2006, drug possession arrests in 2006 were estimated as 126,564, a 9.5% increase from 2005. Drug possession arrests consisted of:

  • 52% Marijuana
  • 29% Cocaine or Opium
  • 11% Other
  • 8% Synthetic Narcotics
  • Of those arrested for drug possession:
  • 7% were juveniles
  • 80% were male
  • 70% were caucasian
  • 30% were black
  • 28% were Hispanic

The age group constituting the greatest number of arrested were 20 – 24 years of age.

If you or a loved one has been accused of alleged drug possession contact drug possession attorney John Teakell for your 100% free confidential consultation by submitting your information here.