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Dallas Federal Criminal Defense Attorney


Federal Crimes

When you are facing federal charges, you need an experienced Dallas federal criminal defense attorney on your side. Federal criminal cases are more complicated than state charges. Federal crimes are typically both factually and legally complex. The courts impose tight deadlines and harsher penalties. Conviction rates in federal courts tend to be very high. Generally, this is because the federal government has extensive investigation and prosecution resources.


Dallas Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Contact with a federal agent will put your rights, your freedom, your career, and your family at risk. If agents contact you as a “target” or through an arrest, contact a Dallas federal criminal lawyer before you say anything.  With literally everything on the line, you cannot afford to delay to seek representation from an experienced and dedicated Dallas federal criminal defense lawyer.

A Different Kind of Attorney

We approach our clients differently than a lot of attorneys. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great attorney is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of attorney you’ve come to the right place.

Our Case Process

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Listen & Understand

We focus on clients as real people. First, we list to understand who you are and what you need. Then we make sure we fully understand the facts of the case.
We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.

Open Communication

We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.
Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.

Fight for Justice

Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.


Federal vs. State Crimes

Most of the crimes people think about – like theft, burglary, assault, murder, and robbery – are prosecuted in state court. However, federal crimes are different. They usually involve federal or national interests and/or crimes that occur across state lines. A state prosecutor will work with local police. On the other hand, a federal prosecutor usually works with federal law enforcement agents like the FBI, DEA, INS, ATF, and Secret Service.

While state criminal law varies from state to state, all federal crimes are governed by the Federal Criminal Code. Federal crimes often have mandatory minimum sentences and abide by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Put out by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, these set out sentencing ranges for every case based on many factors. While federal judges are no longer required to follow the guidelines, many still do. Consequently, sentences in federal courts are usually much harsher than in state court. This is even the case for first-time offenders. 



Federal Criminal Cases in Texas


Federal cases are prosecuted in one of four Federal District Courts in Texas: the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas. Parts of the Dallas metroplex sit in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.


The Northern District is made up of 7 locations or “divisions” with the Dallas Division and the Fort Worth Division hearing most of the Dallas metroplex cases. The Eastern District is made up of 6 divisions with the Sherman Division just north of Collin County, Texas hearing many cases from the northern and eastern parts of the metroplex.


Types of federal crimes

Dallas federal criminal defense attorney Mike Howard handles a broad range of federal crimes. For example:

  • Drug trafficking
  • White collar offenses
  • Federal conspiracy offenses
  • Internet crimes
  • Computer crimes
  • Child pornography
  • Immigration offenses
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Tax evasion



Choosing the Right Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Searching for federal criminal defense attorneys in Dallas can be overwhelming. After all, you are choosing someone who will hold your life, your future, and your family’s future in their hands. You have to be comfortable with them and feel that you can trust the information and advice they give you. Attorneys are supposed to always work in their clients’ best interest. That shouldn’t just be meaningless talk.

First, talk to several attorneys to get a feel for them and their staff. Do they take the time necessary to get to know you, to listen to what’s important to you, and answer your questions? Second, do they show you that you matter to them as a person and not just as a fee? Third, beware of attorneys who put the hard sell on you, who make big promises. No attorney should ever make a guarantee about a case. Finally, absolutely avoid a attorney who doesn’t communicate the scope of the work and their fee clearly in a written contract.


What Makes Mike Howard Different

Many attorneys take advantage of their clients’ ignorance of the criminal justice process. We take the opposite approach. A knowledgeable client is a happy client. Therefore, we provide a wealth of information in the way of articles about criminal offenses, blog posts, and videos for free on our website.

Visit Our YouTube Channel for informational videos and client testimonials.

Visit Our blog for posts on cases, defenses, and criminal law information.


Dallas Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Howard

Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas federal criminal defense attorney fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system. 


The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals.  I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.

Willing to Fight

Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court.  I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas federal criminal defense attorney has a reputation as a skilled trial attorney who fights for their clients, however, it can make all the difference in the world.

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Disclaimer: The information here is not legal advice. Reading this site does not create an attorney-client relationship with Dallas federal criminal defense attorney Mike Howard. If you have a legal problem contact an attorney to get specific legal advice. Nothing on this site is intended to be legal advice or a substitute for legal advice.