Defense Lawyers for Houston Organized Crime Charges
Aggressive Representation from Guerra & Farah, PLLC
Law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors in Texas take a tough
stance on organized crime. This is due in large part to the El Paso-Ciudad
Juarez area's role as a center of gang activity, with Mexican drug
trafficking organizations such as the Juarez Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel,
Barrio Azteca, Los Mexicles and others all recognized as being prominent
in the region.
It is not necessary, however, to be a member of a large and well-known
street gang in order for you to face organized crime charges.
All that is required to be charged with organized crime under Chapter 71
of the Texas Penal Code is that you collaborated in carrying out a criminal
activity with two or more other people.
Common Types of Organized Crimes
Under federal law and Texas Statutes §71.02, "Engaging in Organized
Criminal Activity" features an extensive list of offenses which may
qualify for a charge of organized crime, including:
Robbery or aggravated robbery
Assault or aggravated assault
- Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
- Promotion of prostitution
- Various firearms offenses
- Drug trafficking offenses
Provided that you committed any of these offenses in collaboration with
two or more others, you can be charged with organized crime in addition
to the charge of the underlying offense. Engaging in Organized Criminal
Activity is essentially a sentence enhancement, since the penalty for
the offense is to have the sentence for the underlying offense increased
by one degree. For example, if you are being prosecuted for a Class B
misdemeanor, an organized crime charge increases the charged to a Class
Charged with organized crime? Our Houston federal defense lawyers can fight for you!
Fortunately, there are ways to effectively defend against charges of organized
crime. A Houston criminal defense lawyer from
Guerra & Farah, PLLC may be able to defeat the charges by placing the burden of proof on the
prosecutor. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that
you were actually acting in cooperation with the other individuals, as
well as that you were engaged in ongoing criminal activity since the statute
stipulates that the participants were
carrying on criminal activities.
criminal defense team at Guerra & Farah, PLLC can fight to clear your name of the charge
of engaging in organized crime, in addition to challenging the underlying
charge. Take a few moments to fill out a
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contact a Houston federal defense attorney from our firm today to discuss the situation and learn more about how
we can help you.