Organized Crime

Defense Lawyers for Houston Organized Crime Charges

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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:

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  • Murder
  • Arson
  • Robbery or aggravated robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault or aggravated assault
  • Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
  • Forgery
  • 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 A misdemeanor.

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.

Our 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 free case evaluation or contact a Houston federal defense attorney from our firm today to discuss the situation and learn more about how we can help you.

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