Civil & Criminal Law

White Collar Cases and Federal Practice

Criminal investigations and cases are prosecuted in federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice or one of its field offices, the United States Attorney’s Office or by the District Attorney’s Office, if the case is filed in state court.

Civil law involves lawsuits and administrative proceedings, such as investigations, audits, examinations, related to almost any matter imaginable that does not involve criminal charge.

White Collar Crime Investigations

Federal and state courts prosecute white collar crimes, depending on which court has jurisdiction over the offense in question. All white collar crime cases (fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, securities violations, bribery, public corruption, to name a few examples) begin with an investigation. Nonetheless, state and federal inquiries into white collar criminal activities are time-consuming endeavors that may last for months or years before indictment is handed down.

Federal Practice

In the United States, a federal offense is an act made illegal by federal legislation or is a crime that occurs on federal property.

U. S. government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Secret Service or U.S. Customs are actively involved in enforcement, conducting investigations and filing charges, when laws pertaining to their respective agencies are violated. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigates fraud allegations with the authority to file civil enforcement actions to obtain injunctions and judgments in efforts to prevent fraudulent activities such as telemarketing fraud or “boiler room” cases, stock broker fraud and stock manipulation schemes.

Individuals accused of committing a federal crime are prosecuted using federal criminal procedure, which means they are afforded certain rights contained in the Bill of Rights of the U. S. Constitution. In 1945, Congress enacted The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which supplement the rights the Constitution provides and is a uniform set of rules that govern all Federal Courts.

Crimes Tried in the Federal Court System

Among the crimes characteristically tried in the Federal Court system are:

  • White Collar Crime
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Money Laundering for Drug Distribution
  • RICO
  • Continuing Criminal Enterprise (Kingpin Statute)
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Health Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Environmental Crime
  • Public Corruption
  • Conspiracy
  • Counterfeit
  • Money Laundering for Fraud Offenses
  • Internet/Computer Crime
  • Pornography
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
  • Bribery
  • Extortion
  • Customs Violations
  • Perjury
  • Gun Violations
  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Gambling












Texas State Practice

Criminal laws and the criminal procedure used to prosecute individuals charged with state crimes are generally similar to federal criminal procedure. In Texas, the state constitution, statutes, rules and judicial decisions define criminal procedure.

Based in Dallas, Texas, criminal defense lawyer, John R. Teakell aggressively protects the legal rights and has successfully defended clients charged with state crimes and enforcement actions. In all criminal cases, the accused has the right to remain silent and have legal representation at each stage of criminal proceedings from an arrest through trial.

Typically, criminal cases begin when the police arrest an individual. An arrest may be made based upon “probable cause,” that a crime was committed, however, the prosecutor who reviews the law enforcement report, decides whether he can prove the case. Federal investigations can take months or years before a grand jury returns formal charges.

If the state or federal prosecutor files charges against you, retaining a competent criminal defense lawyer preserves your legal rights and will ensure that you understand the charges filed against you, explain available defenses, the plea bargains likely to be offered, and what you may expect to happen, if you are convicted of the crime in question.

State and Federal Defense Attorney

If you suspect you are the subject of a federal investigation, have been handed a grand jury indictment or have been arrested for a state or federal crime, it is imperative to retain trusted legal counsel as soon as possible.

Early legal defense intervention is vital not only in protecting your legal rights, but also affords numerous advantages. When you retain our legal services at the Law Offices of John R. Teakell, you give us the opportunity to take immediate action that may avert criminal charges, especially if government scrutiny is still in the investigative stages. Without expert legal advice and guidance, errors in judgment and incorrect responses during questioning can increase the probability of indictment.

As your defense attorney, John Teakell will be in a position to negotiate, explore available options for avoiding certain penalties, and can jump-start a counter-investigation into the circumstances surrounding your case.

Whether your case is dismissed or the allegation leads to conviction, acquittal, or favorable settlement, will depend on your attorney’s skills. At the Law Offices of John R. Teakell, we put a wealth of criminal defense experience and civil litigation expertise to work for you. Marshaling evidence and developing an aggressive strategy in your defense, you can rely John Teakell’s steadfast commitment to serve justice and to achieve the best results possible, no matter how challenging the proceedings.

An accomplished criminal defense lawyer, John Teakell was named among the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Texas by the American Trial Attorneys. Teakell has also been named Texas Super Lawyer for his work in criminal defense.

Contact a Civil & Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are charged with a state or federal crime, you may feel free to discuss your problem with us. Information conveyed to your lawyer is confidential communication. Call the Law Offices of John R. Teakell at (214) 523-9076. There is no fee for an initial consultation to learn how we can help. Read more about defense attorney John Teakell at or