Internet Crimes

 

Internet Crimes

The Internet can no longer be considered to be a novelty. It is the crossroads of our fast-paced society for an increasingly large percentage of the population. Crimes can occur online just as they can on our city streets and in boardrooms of corporations. Many federal crimes that are considered to be “Internet crimes” are in fact cyber-versions of pre-existing crimes including the following:

  • Child pornography production, viewing and distribution
  • Child pornography trafficking
  • Solicitation of minors as a sexual predator of underage children
  • Online gambling where gambling is illegal
  • Computer fraud
  • Computer hacking
  • Identity theft
  • Wire fraud, mail fraud
  • Illegal vending of narcotics

Successfully defending people charged with Internet crimes such as these often depends on the input of experts such as computer forensic specialists. The Law Office of John R. Teakell has successfully coordinated and completed defenses of people who had been charged with Internet crimes.

John R. Teakell is a former federal prosecutor and experienced defense lawyer who puts his knowledge, skills and dedication to work for clients whose lives are in danger of being devastated by a criminal conviction.

The prosecution must prove that the defendant did, in fact, commit the crime as charged. When multiple people have access to a computer, positive ID of the perpetrator may be difficult to verify. John R. Teakell has a wealth of experience defending people accused of internet crimes. He has helped many people facing white collar crimes. He will work to find weaknesses in the government’s case and compel them to prove every element of the charge.

Contact Attorney Teakell to learn how he puts his experience and knowledge to work for people facing charges related to internet crimes.

Tax Evasion Defense

Tax Evasion Defense

An overwhelming tax debt could be hard to resolve, especially when you have accrued this debt over the years. Failing to do so could lead to serious legal consequences, at the state and federal levels. Sometimes tax evasion charges occur due to a mistake, such as a clerical error, or a simple misunderstanding. Regardless of why you have been charged with tax evasion, you will need an experienced attorney who can help you build a strong tax evasion defense, as quickly as possible. The law office of John R. Teakell is the legal firm for you. When you hire our office, you will have access to an experienced team of legal professionals who are highly qualified to take on various aspects of the law, including tax evasion.

What is Tax Evasion?

If you fail to pay your taxes, this can be considered tax evasion if you did so knowingly. It is illegal to avoid paying your taxes. If you file your taxes, but file a fraudulent tax return, this is also considered tax evasion, which is a felony, and if you are convicted of this crime, you could face time in prison, in addition to fines. A corporation convicted of tax evasion could pay up to $500,000 in fines, while an individual convicted of the same crime could pay up to $100,000 – the penalties will depend on the tax amount, and if you are being charged on the state or federal level.

There is a difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. The former occurs when you use legal methods to reduce or avoid tax payments; those legal methods include finding tax shelters or loopholes. Tax evasion is when you use illegal methods to avoid paying your taxes – or seeking reduced payment amounts.

Making a mistake is not punishable by the law if you can prove that you did in fact make an error. If this is the case, you will be required to pay the amount that you should have paid, in addition to another small fee – the fee and its amount will vary. You will not be convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to prison if you can prove that an error or mistake was made, and you could also avoid the penalties associated with a criminal trial.

Legal Consequences

If you are charged with tax evasion, you could face serious legal penalties, on both the criminal and civil level. Regardless if you are charged with state or federal tax evasion, the court must prove that criminal intent was shown. With so many tax rules, a simple mistake could happen, which is where an attorney could defend you by proving that the intent to commit fraud was never your plan.

Federal Tax Evasion

If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can show that you have deliberately attempted to underpay your taxes, you will be charged with a federal crime: tax evasion. Failing to file your tax return prevents the IRS from auditing you, or your company’s, finances. The most common example of tax evasion is underreporting income. Most individuals or businesses that are charged – and convicted of – federal tax evasion deal largely in cash, such as retail store owners, waiting staff, or beauticians (and those in the cosmetology field); however, some corporations charged with federal tax evasion report fraudulent records of their finances. Businesses have been known to inflate their expenses, while individuals overstate the size of their families in order to qualify for larger deductions.

If the IRS suspects a business or individual of committing these crimes, it will begin an investigation, which could lead to prosecution.

State Tax Evasion

Texas does not require you to pay local taxes; therefore, the main source of state revenue comes from sales tax, which is why tax evasion is a serious charge, especially for businesses in Texas who fail to pay taxes – or those who commit fraud. You must keep accurate records of your sales. Using electronic devices to falsify your records is also illegal.

Hiring an attorney with experience in state revenue gives you an added bonus. The attorney could help you find the loopholes in state law. If you are convicted of state tax evasion, you not only face jail time and a fine, but as a corporation, your sales tax permit could be suspended. In some instances, your sales tax permit could be revoked, and the state comptroller will deny any future permits.

Get the Legal Help You Need

Waiting is never a good option, especially with tax evasion charges. You want to build a strong case immediately, so you can handle the situation and avoid any jail time or costly penalties and fines. The sooner you give the law office of John R. Teakell a call, the sooner we can begin building a strong tax evasion defense for you.

Contact us today and get the legal representation you deserve!

Bank Fraud

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Bank Fraud

A rule of thumb in bank fraud cases and any other type of white collar criminal case is that it is critically important to contact an attorney during the earliest stages. Selecting a knowledgeable, zealous white collar criminal defense lawyer may be the best investment you ever made for your career and your future in general.

A bank or mortgage lender may allege that you submitted false documentation in connection with a loan application. The Law Office of John R. Teakell is an ideal resource for individuals facing allegations of bank fraud as well as for companies dealing with millions of dollars that could be at risk if an allegation becomes a conviction.

Former Federal Prosecutor Represents the Accused in Bank Fraud Cases

People alleged to have committed wrongdoing in the area of bank fraud may include the following:

  • Loan applicants
  • Investors
  • Brokers and dealers
  • If word has come to you that you are under investigation or are named in subpoenas related to bank fraud allegations, the time to hire an attorney to protect your rights is now. Call or e-mail the Law Office of John R. Teakell to schedule a consultation. We will discuss ways to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome:
  • Resolving allegations through civil rather than criminal remedies
  • Obtaining a dismissal of the charges
  • Negotiating a reduction of charges
  • Limiting damage to your life and career as a result of bank fraud allegations.

18 U.S.C. §1344 Bank Fraud: Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice— (1) to defraud a financial institution; or (2) to obtain any of the moneys, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned by, or under the custody or control of, a financial institution, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises; shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.

See also Mr. Teakell’s other Web site to learn more about the firm’s full spectrum of criminal defense practice areas. Contact the law offices to schedule a consultation.

Bribery Federal Contract Fraud

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Bribery / Federal Contract Fraud

Abuse of federal contract has become the focal point in national media. In fact the growing concerns about bribery, federal contract fraud and abuse have led to arrays of investigations of various government contracts in Dallas and all across United States. The criminal defense lawyer John. R. Teakell is committed to provide effective representation to the businesses and people facing investigations in Dallas for their work under government contracts.

Before delving further about how the best criminal defense attorney in Dallas can help let us first understand about the reasons for a federal investigation

Reasons for a Federal Investigation

Every case of bribery and federal contract fraud is different. However below are few of the major instances for which people may find themselves dragged in a government investigation in Dallas.

Fraud: Fraud allegations typically arise when there are question marks involved regarding the contractor’s qualification. The law for

criminal defense has been framed in such a way that any question about education, experience or professional licenses of the contractor may lead to Federal contract investigations and is typically tagged as fraud allegations.

Bribery: Bribery allegations may arise in Dallas when an individual is accused of providing unlawful incentives (in cash, gifts and vacation) to the government official for the greater purpose of getting selected for a contract.

Abuse: The Federal contractors may also find themselves under scanner of the investigators in Dallas when suspected of abusing their administrational power within the community for winning a contract.

Consequences Of Suspected For Bribery And Federal Contract Fraud

Consequences Of Suspected For Bribery and Federal Contract Fraud

Sad but true; if government suspects there is an issue of fraud, bribery and abuse with contractor or even with the contract an investigation will be initiated.

For the uninitiated; federal investigation may lead to an array of consequences. These consequences may include

  • Cancellation of the contract by the Federal Government
  • Calling the contractor for refunding the government payments
  • Imposition of fines
  • Administrative actions (it can prohibit the contractor from working with the state and Federal government in the future)
  • Criminal prosecution (it may include fees and time in jail)

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

John. R. Teakell – one of the most sought after criminal defense attorney values the fact that allegations of misconduct can have a serious effect on your business. It may also affect your life as well as the lives of your employees. This is when you need legal support

and representation from the best attorney. Teakell is committed to provide tailored and personalized representation to his clients facing Bribery / Federal Contract Fraud investigation as the Federal contractor in Dallas. Teakell began his career as an Assistant District Attorney and worked as a Senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he prosecuted civil enforcement actions of fraudulent schemes.

In addition to fraud cases, Teakell prosecuted all types of federal crimes in the Northern District of Texas. He also prosecuted extraordinarily large drug trafficking and money laundering cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico, as well as federal death penalty cases.

The goal is simple – to work with you in order to stop the investigation in the track thus prevent the filing of any criminal charges whenever possible. If in case that is not possible the criminal defense lawyer will use his skill, legal knowledge and understanding of the specific law for defending your rights and for protecting your livelihood.

There is no hiding from the fact that Federal investigation can have serious consequences however the expert in criminal defense law will work with you to minimize the impact of federal investigation in Dallas

Stop suffering in silence. Meet John. R. Teakell for a consultation

Money Laundering

Money Laundering

People charged with money laundering in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or anywhere in the state of Texas are encouraged to seek the counsel of attorney John R. Teakell. Mr. Teakell has amassed a significant amount of experience, achieving favorable outcomes for defendants in money laundering cases.

If you face money laundering charges, or if you have reason to believe that an investigation is underway that may lead to an arrest for money laundering in Texas or elsewhere, contact the Law Office of John R. Teakell, white collar criminal defense law firm, to schedule a consultation to meet attorney John Teakell with no further obligation.

Money Laundering is Often Associated with Other Crimes

Money laundering charges can be brought at either the state or federal level. These charges are often brought in connection with alleged activities involving controlled substances. Drug crimes may be hard to prove and prosecute, but accompanying offenses such as wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering are frequently used as legal dragnets by which to bring criminal charges against people alleged to be involved in narcotics trafficking.

The Government Must Prove their Case or It Must be Dismissed

Attorney John Teakell is a former federal prosecutor who has successfully defended many people charged with money laundering and related crimes. One example of a favorable outcome involved charges brought by the state of Texas in Kleberg County, Texas. The firm’s client was arrested and investigated for alleged money laundering. After Mr. Teakell’s defense presentation, the state agreed not to seek an indictment on the basis of forfeiture issues.

Discover the most plausible defense in your money laundering case. Contact John R. Teakell at the Law Office of John R. Teakell in Dallas to schedule a no-obligation consultation and preliminary case analysis.

Mortage Fraud

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Mortgage Fraud

MORTGAGE FRAUD CRIMES IN FEDERAL COURT

I. Generally

“Mortgage fraud” as it is generally called, is prosecuted in federal court as a felony offense that usually involves misrepresentations to a bank or other lender, or to a mortgage broker, real estate agent or seller of real estate. The ending result in a mortgage fraud case usually is a loss of monies by a lender on a foreclosure of the property due to the fact that: 1) the property was purchased without a real intent by the purchaser to move into the residence; 2) the borrower was a “straw borrower” or “straw purchaser” who was paid a nominal amount to represent himself as the borrower, when in fact he was listed as the title owner of the property yet did not intend to live in or take responsibility for the property; and/or 3) there is a “flip” or re-sale or double sale that is not represented or disclosed to the lender, which involves the fraudulent inflation of the property purchase price in order to facilitate the second sale to allow the purchaser (who becomes the seller immediately thereafter) to gain a significant amount of monies at closing that is not disclosed to the lender.

There are variations of these scenarios, but these are the most common ones found in mortgage fraud cases. These cases are investigated and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, that is, the federal prosecutor’s office.

II. Charges

Although the phrase “mortgage fraud” is commonly used by law enforcement, attorneys and the public, there is not a specific charge or offense in the federal criminal code that alleges “mortgage fraud.” Usually, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will seek an Indictment charging either one of these offenses or a combination of them:

  • 1) Bank Fraud – Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1344;
  • 2) Mail Fraud – Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1341;
  • 3) Wire Fraud – Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1343;
  • 4) Conspiracy to Commit Fraud – Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1349; and/or
  • 5) Money Laundering – Title 18, U.S. Code, Sections 1956 and/or 1957.

III. Indictments

Indictments charging criminal offenses in federal court are “returned” by a federal grand jury after the U.S. Attorney’s Office presents enough evidence to establish that probable cause exists to believe that a fraud involving real estate was committed. Once an Indictment is returned (meaning the target of the investigation, now the “defendant” is formally charged), there will be court appearances before the U.S. Magistrate Judge and the U.S. District Judge.

When an Indictment is returned, a warrant will issue from the U.S. District Clerk’s Office, and the Defendant will be arrested by federal agents. In lieu of an arrest, if a target of the investigation, or a Defendant (so named as a defendant when the Indictment is returned formally charging the person), has an attorney who has been in contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the court may issue a summons that commands the Defendant to appear, rather than an arrest. Also, a Defendant whose attorney has contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office may be allowed to surrender on the warrant without being arrested at his/her residence or place of employment.

IV. Investigations

Mortgage fraud investigations focus on properties that usually result in foreclosure and/or some type of monetary loss to the lender and or others. Purchasers who flip a house utilizing misrepresentations of fact regarding the origin of the down payment, their financial status or the financial status of a straw borrower, the occupancy status as a primary residence, are targeted for prosecution. The straw borrowers can also be prosecuted due to the fact that these people engaged in misrepresentations to the lender and others, even though they are usually not the orchestrators of mortgage fraud schemes. Loan brokers and real estate appraisers can be targeted and prosecuted for such participation, with appraisers mostly involved in fraudulently inflating the subject real estate values to facilitate the inflated second sale, or flip.

V. Negotiations, Trial, and U.S. District Court

Please see the Federal Criminal Process within the site for an explanation as to the federal criminal procedures in these types of cases.

VI. Sentencing

Any person convicted of fraud or other charges in federal courts is subject to a sentence that is largely controlled, or at least influenced, by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The Sentencing Guidelines are a “point system” that is driven to a good degree in fraud or white-collar crime cases by the dollar amounts. That is, the higher the dollar amount of the fraud or the loss, then the more points that are added onto a defendant for Sentencing Guidelines purposes. Other enhancements, such as use of sophisticated means, and/or abuse of a position of skill or trust, are commonly assessed in fraud cases. The U.S. District Judge makes the final determination of a sentence, taking into consideration the recommendation punishment range from the calculations of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Cooperators with the U.S. government can be rewarded in the form of a sentence reduction, if the Defendant provides substantial cooperation.

Passport Fraud

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Passport Fraud

Generally The term “passport fraud” is a phrase that is used to generally describe misrepresentations in applications for a passport or visa, as well as some misuse of the passport or visa. Violations of federal law for passport fraud and related charges are found at Title 18, U.S. Code, §§1541 – 1547, which are:

  • A. Issuance Without Authority (government official issuing or verifying a passport without authority or to a person with no allegiance to the United States) 18 U.S.C. §1541;
  • B. False Statement in Application and Use of a Passport (when a person submits false information on a passport application for his own use or use by another) 18 U.S.C. §1542;
  • C. Forgery of False Use of a Passport (when a person forges, counterfeits, or alters a passport, or gives a forged, counterfeited, or altered passport to another person for his use) 18 U.S.C. §1543;
  • D. Misuse of a Passport (when a person uses a passport designed for another person, or uses a passport in violation of the restrictions on it) 18 U.S.C. §1544;
  • E. Safe Conduct Violation (violation of a safe conduct permit granting passage into an area or a country where the person could not go without the permission of the government) 18 U.S.C. §1545;
  • F. Fraud and Misuse of Visas, Permits, and Other Documents (whoever forges, counterfeits, or alters an immigration document for the use of entry into the United States) 18 U.S.C. §1546;
  • G. Alternate Imprisonment Maximum (to facilitate drug trafficking or terrorism) 18 U.S.C. §1547.

II. Fraud, Misuse, and False Statements

Activities that are the underlying basis for these types of charges are often the passport applicant making a false statement in the application in order to obtain a passport for travel. It also involves obtaining, or attempting to obtain, a passport for another person or group of persons, after the applicant has made false statements about the identities, location, or criminal history of the person whose name is submitted for a passport. Obtaining a passport in this manner, or attempting to do so, can be for the purpose of concealing one’s true identity to avoid detection or to ensure passage to another country. Such falsities may be tied to illegal drug trafficking or other illegal smuggling of goods, or even to terrorists.

III. Charges

Potential charges for these offenses would be the passport/visa fraud statutes listed above, and it could also include a conspiracy to commit these acts if two or more persons agreed to commit a passport crime. It could then be charged as a conspiracy pursuant to Title 18, U.S. Code §371. Such a conspiracy might also be charged as a Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, or Wire Fraud, under Title 18, U.S. Code §1349.

IV. Indictments

Indictments charging criminal violations of these passport laws are obtained through a federal grand jury by the United States Attorney’s Office or a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as in any federal criminal case. Any person indicted is subject to arrest by the investigating agency or by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, unless the person makes arrangements through his attorney to self-surrender.

V. Investigations

Since passports are obtained through the U.S. Department of State, usually agents from the Department of State conduct such investigations. Federal agents investigating criminal violations related to passports or visas work with the federal prosecutor, the U.S. Attorney, for advice and to obtain formal charges, i.e., an Indictment. If there is a lone violation of one person’s own passport application, or similar conduct, as opposed to larger-scale violations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office could refer the case to the state prosecutor (District Attorney) where the offense occurred.

VI. Sentencing

Any person convicted of a passport fraud or misrepresentation offense in federal court, will be subject to the same type of sentencing as in other federal case. These sentencings are the result of recommendations by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, that is, the “point system” that provides a recommended punishment range.

Engaging in Organized Crime

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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

Computer Fraud

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Computer Fraud and Violations

Computer Fraud & Violations – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)

Internet crime, computer fraud and violations encompass a whole range of illegal activity, from distribution of child pornography to investment fraud. It makes sense to mention here, internet crime stands as the fastest growing segments of criminal prosecutions. Both state and federal authorities have made it pretty clear that this type of criminal conduct will not be tolerated.

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a moderately complex statute. To put things simply it establishes criminal and civil violations for a wide variety of acts. As the Internet Crime Attorney puts it, unlawful “access” to data is violation. The criminal defense attorney, John Teakell understands the gravity of these charges and uses his knowledge, skill and industry expertise for protecting the client’s’ rights and freedom.

Reasons and Consequences for Computer Fraud & Violations Charge

The CFAA is the federal anti-hacking law. Among other things, this law makes it illegal to intentionally access a computer without authorization.

Individual can be charged for computer fraud & violations for the following reasons:

Broad Scope Access Violations: The Broad Scope Access Violations in the CFAA are defined in the following way:

• Intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and as a result recklessly causes damage
• Violation for “intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization” and as a result intentionally causing damage

Fraud Violations: Typically the fraud based violations include:
• Accessing a protected computer without authorization with intent to defraud
• Exceeding authorized access and furthering the fraud and obtaining anything of value
• Violation of “knowingly and with intent to defraud trafficking in any password.”
Computers and Miscellaneous Violations: The act in a broader sense defines “protected computer” as the government computers, financial institutions, and private computers that affect “interstate or foreign commerce or communication of the United States.” Hence the computer and miscellaneous violations include the access to
• National defense or foreign relations data
• Financial records
• credit reporting agency records and data
• U.S department or agency data
• data from any nonpublic computer of any U.S. department or agency
• transmission of a program, data, or code
• Extortion of money or other value by threat to cause damage to a protected computer

How John Teakell the criminal defense attorney can help

It’s time to be proactive if you are facing investigation or if you have been charged with an internet crime. You need the best legal representation after all. Teakell has the extensive experience handling internet crime cases which includes but not limited to:

• Illegal distribution of pharmaceutical drugs online
• Investment fraud
• Credit card fraud
• Identity theft
• Phishing scams
• Possession of child pornography
• Distribution of child pornography
• Solicitation of children through chat rooms

As the best criminal defense attorney Teakell understands the technical application of the law. He spent over 12 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor, most of which was in the Northern District of Texas where he was designated as a bank fraud prosecutor.

With his expertise and technical knowledge Teakell challenges the prosecution’s case while digging out the answers to the most pertinent questions :
• Did the alleged/defendant wanted to commit the crime?
• Was the defendant the only one with the access to the said computer?
• Did the action warrant a formal charge?
He works closely with former federal agents and also with the computer experts for identifying gaps and bridging them for the best interest of his clients
Keep in mind; criminal defense in Dallas demands effective, technical and skilled representation and this is exactly where the technical knowledge and skill of John Teakell comes in.
Act NOW, if you are facing charges for internet fraud or other computer crimes!
Talk to Teakell for best legal representation

Federal Trade Commission Violations

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Federal Trade Commission Violations

Texas Antitrust Law – Federal Trade Commission Violations

Business owner will be able to avoid the potential legal and business disputes by becoming familiar with the federal and state antitrust laws.

Comprised of 3 different acts, antitrust laws typically govern certain significant aspects of business practices.

• The Sherman Act
• the Federal Trade Commission Act
• the Clayton Act are aimed at preserving fair competition and in preventing monopolies in business

Sherman Act, which once outlawed all restraint of trade, now prohibits unreasonable restraint of trade (as per the Supreme Court guidelines).
The Federal Trade Commission Act prohibits unfair competition and deceptive business practices. According to the Supreme Court, any violation of the Sherman Act is also a violation of business law under the FTC Act.
In the Clayton Act, certain illegal and unlawful business practices which that were not specifically addressed in the Sherman Act are prohibited.
These laws have been designed for protecting consumers from overzealous businessmen while facilitating healthy business competition within the economy. If you are accused of Federal Trade Commission Violations you should take immediate action for preserving your assets and for avoiding imprisonment. These are federal offenses and these will be prosecuted aggressively by the state attorney. You need an attorney experienced in federal matters to defend your rights in anti-trust violations cases. John. R. Teakell provides clients with knowledgeable, personalized legal counseling and client for federal criminal charges.
Consequences of federal offenses
In simple terms; the antitrust laws has been designed to prohibit unlawful mergers and unlawful business practices. Deceptive acts and statements violate the Federal Trade Commission Act. The violation of Texas’ antitrust law occurs only when it is shown that the defendant conspired with others for restraining the trade.

For more than 100 years, these laws have had just basic objectives

• Protecting the process of competition
• Ensuring strong incentives for efficient businesses operation
• Keeping prices down
• Keeping quality up

Under the Sherman Act, defendant may face a fine of $1,000,000 as an individual or $100,000,000 as a business. The defender may also face a 10-year prison sentence. Do not take chance by forgoing legal counsel. Take action and talk to a legal professional who can provide you with honest insight into the antitrust violation charges.

How John Teakell the federal defense lawyer in Dallas can help.

The fact of the matter is; antitrust is typically a complex set of state and federal laws. The law thus prohibits a number of specific business actions, which are within the realm of legal behavior. Only an expert antitrust attorney can assist in instituting these guidelines. As a business owner you thus need a tailored policy. , which are specific to the particular area of your trade. Teakell has years of experience in preventing antitrust liability in specific situations.
Antitrust violation can endanger your reputation, your business and your freedom. If your business is facing investigation for any charges such as – unfair business practices, monopoly, or in fact any other types of antitrust violation, an experienced federal defense lawyer can help. When charged with Federal Trade Commission Violations you need to take immediate action to avoid imprisonment and to preserve your asset. As an antitrust violation lawyer John. R. Teakell has the resources, experience and technical knowhow to provide aggressive defense representation even before formal charges are filed.
Teakell will review your case and will let you know the gravity of the situation and the seriousness of the accusations. Even if no charges have been filed and your business is just facing investigation experienced federal defense lawyer Teakell can still take action to for protecting your rights immediately. He may negotiate with the federal prosecutors for the greater reason of avoiding filing of the charges before the case goes to Federal Court.
Below are some of the types of federal antitrust violation cases which Teakell can handle

• Attempt of creating monopoly
• Unfair competition
• Restraint of trade
• Discrimination between merchants
• Price fixing
• Bid fixing
• Mergers and acquisitions
• Unfair business practices and more

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.
A strong federal defense can help in protecting the defendant’s rights. John. R. Teakell is experienced in this field and his dedication ensures only the best outcomes for the case he handles. Professional legal presentation should include evaluating the need for an investigator, an expert, a computer analyst, and possibly a polygraph examination.

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. Contact attorney John R. Teakell about your antitrust or Federal Trade Commission case today