Criminal Defense Practice Areas

John Teakell is an experienced attorney and trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended a wide range of criminal offenses.

Federal and State Feloney White Collar Crime Defense

White Collar & Fraud Cases

White collar crimes are generally classified as non-violent crimes committed during the course of ones profession with a financial motive. At the state level the most common white collar crime Mr. Teakell defends fraud cases; particularly charges that include bribery, forgery, identify theft, or false representation. At the federal level Mr. Teakell is an expert at defending mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and bribery and extortion cases that involve federal property, agencies, employees, or falls under intrastate commerce clauses.

Drug Crimes

As a former prosecutor State of Texas and Federal prosecutor, John Teakell is often called upon to defend again drug possession and prescription fraud. Mr. Teakell has also successfully defended individuals suspected to be involved in the drug trade including illegal online pharmacies, illegal drug manufacturing and distribution, and drug conspiracy charges brought by Texas and Federal prosecutors.

Computer Charges

That vast majority of computer crimes involve a financial motive which result in charges of some forms of fraud.  Mr. Teakell has considerable expertise defending cases that involve unauthorized access, stealing or destroying data, and fraud cases that typically involved a computer or internet connected device; particularly wire fraud committed as part of a phishing to gain unauthorized access, hacking to disrupt a network, and computer crimes with a financial motive such as credit farm.

Firearms / Weapons

Those suspected of criminal activity usually have a firearm or other weapon on them when they are arrested which usually result in charges that are unrelated to the crime originally investigated.  Mr Teakell has also successfully defended in both state and federal charges related to firearms possession in a protected areas, and illegal sales and transportation of firearm.

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Recent Postings by Dallas criminal defense attorney John Teakell.

SHOULD I DO A PROFFER SESSION?

Federal Investigation – Proffer   “Proffer” is information given by a target/defendant to assist prosecutions or to show the target/defendant’s limited involvement.  In federal criminal investigations, “proffers” are sometimes made...

INSURANCE FRAUD PROSECUTIONS

What is Insurance Fraud? Fraud is deception by false statements or representations with the intent toobtain financial or other gain. When an insurance company claims that it wasdefrauded, it refers to the activity as “insurance fraud.” People use the term“insurance...

Federal Drug Prosecutions

Introduction Much of drug trafficking in the United States consists of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. Prosecution for federal drug cases for trafficking of illegal drugs also includes steroids, synthetic drugs, and misuse of prescriptions.  These...

Passport Fraud Prosecutions

  Passports and Passport Fraud 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...

What to Do If You Are Under Criminal Investigation

Target Status A “target” of a criminal investigation is a person against whom the prosecutor and law enforcement are working to obtain formal charges, that is, an Indictment. It is a term that is used in both federal investigations and state investigations, although...

The Best Government Contracts Fraud Defense Strategies

Government contracts fraud is an active area of law nationwide, and Dallas is no exception. When federal or state dollars are channeled through programs to individuals and companies, the public demands and, by law, has a right to see the results from those funds.  But...

How Should You Approach Counterfeit Goods Charges?

Production and transportation of counterfeit goods have become more common issues in the information age, and Dallas is shaping up to be a hotspot for such activities. In the last month, there have been three noteworthy stories break involving everything from...

The Worst Mistakes You Can Make Using Blockchain

The worst mistakes you can make with any new technology start with understanding. Following the crowd. Not knowing what you've gotten yourself into before it's too late. Just look at all the phony news stories that people share on social media without halfway vetting...

Why Your State Is Ideal for Blockchain Technology

Texas is a state ideal for blockchain technology. Going way back to our origins, we have treasured and utilized our independence in trying new things, making the most of them, and standing out from the crowd. Blockchain is yet another frontier the Lone Star state is...

Blockchain: When Is It Useful, and When Is It Not?

Blockchain has become the latest trend in technology, and with good reason. Not since the first rollout of the Internet has there been a development that promises to change life as we know it. But while there was a sense that everyone had to be on the Internet or else...

How You Can Use Blockchain and Not Get Burned

Blockchain technology has emerged from the darkness in the last few years. Until recently, it was used synonymously with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. With all the questionable practices that surround that market, it's understandable if you view the technology...

Blockchain Lawsuits: How Will Texas Handle Yours?

What do we mean by blockchain lawsuits? In simple terms, the underlying technology for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin likely will become a fixture in courtrooms and legal disputes in the years to come. A cryptocurrency called Ethereum has devised a way for parties on a...

What If You Hate Crypto: Is Blockchain Still Useful?

More and more people hate crypto and all the talk surrounding its popular poster-children (i.e., Bitcoin and Ethereum). They don't get why another form of "currency" is necessary -- even though it's actually not a currency without agreement of transactional parties --...

How to Use Blockchain in Your Business

It's safe to say 2018 is the year of the blockchain with more and more major companies like Humana and UnitedHealth announcing their entrance into this form of digital ledger technology. Companies know transparency is what their consumers demand, and they also hope to...

Drug Trafficking: Your 5 Best Defenses to Avoid Jail Time

The Texas Health and Safety Code provides guidance for dealing with drug trafficking infractions, and as is often the case, fallout depends largely on the amount of drugs involved and any connected crimes that occur as a result. To get a drug trafficking conviction,...

Gun Restrictions: How You Can Get Into Trouble

Gun restrictions in Texas are less stringent than in other parts of the U.S., but the Lone Star State does follow federal law, so it's not exactly the Wild West. While gun owners can breathe a sigh of relief when living or traveling through our region, they do have to...

Is Money Laundering a White Collar Crime?

Thankfully, the only money laundering most of us have done in our lives is when we forget to empty out our pockets before doing the wash. Criminally speaking, many aren't even sure what the crime is, or they have a heck of a time explaining it. In simple terms, money...

Child Pornography: What’s the Best Legal Defense?

"Serious" doesn't even begin to describe the severity of child pornography in the eyes of the law. A single first-time conviction at the federal level could receive anywhere from 15-30 years in prison. Sentencing guidelines under Texas state law go even further. A...

Tax Evasion: When Will the IRS Send You to Jail?

Tax evasion is a scary term catapulted to the top of the national spotlight every March or April. It's understandable why you would be frightened of it. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, "They're the IRS, they can take anything they want!" While that's something of an...

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...

Immigration Crimes

The United States Code contains several federal statutes concerning criminal offenses of “aliens” or “illegal aliens.” The most common ones known to the public are illegal re-entry (after deportation), which is found at Title 8 U.S.C. §1326, and alien smuggling, or...

Conspiracy

A conspiracy is defined as an agreement between two or more persons to commit an illegal act, with at least one conspirator attempting to commit an overt act that would further the object of conspiracy. The use of the conspiracy charge is much more common in federal...

When it is legal to carry a handgun in Texas?

In Texas it is not legal to carry a handgun outside of your own premise. Although the law was recently updated by the Texas Legislature, when it passed a bill in 2015  allowing concealed handgun permit holders to begin carrying handguns openly outside of your...

State Drug Possession Cases

Talking About the State Jail Felony & Drug Possession Cases Texas has strict illegal controlled substance and narcotics drug possession laws. Keep in mind; even just for conviction of possession of any unlawful drug, you may face probation, jail time, fines, and...

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...

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...

Bank Fraud

Legal Guide 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...

Bank Theft, Embezzlement

Legal Brief Bank Theft, EmbezzlementBANK THEFT AND EMBEZZLEMENT By John Teakell Attorney-at-Law Dallas, Texas Thefts and embezzlements from banks are often prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in federal court, although the dollar amounts sometimes are lower than...

Bribery/Federal Contract Fraud

Legal Guide 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...

Computer Fraud

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...

Credit Card Debit Card Abuse

​ Credit and debit card Fraud Credit card and debit card abuse is common these days. Credit card fraud law thus typically establishes criminal penalties for deceptive, unlawful or unauthorized use of another person’s credit card account in an attempt to Steal money...

Embezzlement

Legal Guide EmbezzlementThe road to criminal charges of embezzlement can begin with suspicions of misappropriation of funds. An employer or management of a non-profit organization may accuse an accountant or treasurer, or someone with regular access to financial...

Forgery

Legal Guide Forgery A fundamental key to a successful defense in a forgery case is the representation by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The earlier in the case that the attorney is on board, the more options there will be and the greater likelihood there is...

Insurance Fraud

Legal Guide Insurance FraudThe Law Office of John R. Teakell in Dallas, Texas, is a valuable resource for patients or health care providers who have been charged with insurance fraud in Texas. Typical scenarios of insurance fraud include the following: Presenting...

Mail Fraud

Mail Fraud Mail fraud is certainly one of more prevalent forms of criminal deception, accounting for almost one third of all consumer fraud. Cited as any illegal, fraudulent act utilizing the United States Postal Service, or affiliate mail carrier, mail fraud...

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...

Mortage Fraud

Legal Guide Mortgage FraudMORTGAGE FRAUD CRIMES IN FEDERAL COURTI. 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...

Passport Fraud

Legal Guide 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...

Prescription Fraud

Legal Brief Prescription Fraud Prescription Fraud Prosecutions By: John Teakell Attorney-at-Law Dallas, TX Charges in both State and Federal courts where a person fills a forged prescription, phony prescription, or chooses to change what they were prescribed. I....

Securities Fraud

PROSECUTION OF CRIMINAL SECURITIES FRAUD OFFENSES IN FEDERAL COURT By John TeakellAttorney-at-LawDallas, Texas I. Generally “Securities fraud” and other criminal offenses involving securities are prosecuted in federal court as felony offenses, and these offenses are...

Counterfeit Goods

FEDERAL PROSECUTION OF COUNTERFEIT GOODS/PRODUCTS By John TeakellLaw Office of John R. Teakell Dallas, TX I. INTRODUCTIONWhen a person hears the word “counterfeit,” he/she usually thinks of counterfeit “money” or counterfeit “currency” or counterfeit “bills.” Although...

Counterfeit Charges

Counterfeit Charges Counterfeit currency possession and/or trafficking charges are not the only types of counterfeiting charges which can be brought against a person. Since 1984, when the Trademark Counterfeiting Act was introduced, it has been illegal for a person to...

Weapons Charges

Federal 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...

Drug Possession

Drug PossessionThere 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,...

Controlled Substances By Doctors

Prescription Fraud by Medical Professionals Drug trafficking conspiracy cases are commonly prosecuted in federal court, but cases of doctor’s prescriptions for pain medications are not the usual conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Often the pattern of drug...

Unauthorized Access

The Computer Fraud Abuse Act (CFAA) is codified as Title 18 U.S.C Section 1030(a), and it lists offenses for federally-prosecuted computer crimes, with the common charges being Unauthorized Access to a Computer and Exceeding Authorization to a Computer. The...

Transmitting a Malicious Code

  TRANSMITTING MALICIOUS CODES AND HACKING COMPUTERS IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW By John Teakell Attorney-at-Law Dallas, Texas What is transmission of malicious code 0r hacking? The Computer Fraud Abuse Act (CFAA) is codified as Title 18 U.S.C Section 1030(a),...

Promotion of Child Images

Promotion of Child ImagesPromotion of Child Images is a punishable offense both by the state and the Federal law. As a matter of fact child pornography laws protect children from exploitation in visual materials depicting sexual conduct. Child pornography law thus...

Possession of Child Images

Possession of Child imagesInternet sex crimes have become more serious in this technology driven society. According to the Internet Watch Foundation a number of 1,536 ‘child sexual abuse’ domains on the Internet of which 58% were housed in the United States and the...

Online Solicitation

Online Solicitation Charges and Internet Sex CrimesIn most of the cases people think whatever they do in cyberspace stays there. However quite contrary to this popular belief technology has made tracking of downloading illegal material and other online sex crimes...

What Is Statutory Rape?

Statutory Rapes was a term that’s sort of from the past that still applies today. It’s usually referred to as sexual assault, just like rape would be referred to as sexual assault, but the statutory rape is having consensual sex with, usually a person who is underage...

Copyright Infringement Trademark Simulation

The U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S. Code) sets forth copyright infringement, which is reproducing or distributing material that has been copyrighted without permission or the legal authority of the owner of the copyrighted material. Illegal downloading or uploading...

Prescription Fraud

“Prescription Fraud” as it is commonly known, is obtaining controlled substances (illegal drugs) in a fraudulent manner by the use of a doctor’s prescription. Prescription fraud cases can be prosecuted in state or federal court depending on the complexity of the...

Securities Fraud

“Securities fraud” and other criminal offenses involving securities are prosecuted in federal court as felony offenses, and these offenses are based upon allegations of fraud, sales of securities without a license, and omitting pertinent material in the sale of...

Criminal Defense

  State & Federal Criminal Defense John Teakell has over 20 years of successful criminal trial experience. As most attornies know, there is no replacement for over 20 years of in court room trial experience. When an attorney says they have experience, make...