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Houston man pleads guilty to unlawfully importing fake Viagra

On behalf of Hochglaube & DeBorde Law Firm posted in Federal Crimes on Friday, May 23, 2014

While the idea of "fake" Viagra may cause a smirk or a grin to cross your face, the consequences in federal court are real and significant. The federal government has vast resources that can be used to investigate potential federal offenses. Certainly, prosecutors take these cases seriously. The stakes are high when prosecutors seek a federal indictment, and the issues can be complex. Federal offenses typically carry significant penalties, and indictments in federal cases can be lengthy and complicated. A good attorney should help an accused understand the indictment and what the potential consequences can be.

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Accusations of public corruption can be federal charge

On behalf of Hochglaube & DeBorde Law Firm posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, February 25,

Public corruption allegations, such as allegations of a government worker accepting bribes or misusing public resources, are something that the government takes incredibly seriously. Such allegations can sometimes lead to a government worker facing federal or investigations and criminal proceedings. What occurs in such investigations and proceedings can have significant impacts on a government worker's career, life and freedom. Criminal defense attorneys with federal and state experience can provide advice and assistance to individuals who are the subject of such investigations or proceedings.

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Thoughts on Federal Sentencing: Firearms and Drug Cases

By Nicole Deborde of Hochglaube & DeBorde Law Firm posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Sentencing Commission received 84,173 reports of federal criminal convictions. Of those, 5,768 involved the possession of firearms or ammunition by individuals prohibited from having them. People prohibited from having firearms include, but are not limitted to, people convicted of certain state or federal felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors. This federal crime is sometimes called a "gun charge", "possession of a firearm," "felon in possession of a firearm," or just "felon in possession." There are also enhancements to sentencing the Armed Career Criminal Act which can apply. Other "gun" issues include enhancements for the use of a gun during the comission of a narcotics offense or other crime as well as suppying incorrect information in forms during the purchase or transfer of firearms.

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Philanthropist on trial in El Paso for money laundering

On behalf of Hochglaube & DeBorde Law Firm posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

A prominent international trade lawyer from El Paso is on trial this week, accused of conspiring to launder nearly $500 million for a Mexican drug cartel. The case is one of the highest-profile drug money laundering cases ever brought against a U.S. citizen, and part of the government’s fury may be due to allegations the defendant double-crossed federal agents who had hired him as a confidential informant.

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Dallas journalist facing federal identity theft charges over link

On behalf of Hochglaube & DeBorde Law Firm posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

In 2010, a Dallas-based journalist who specializes in exposing ties between the government and private security firms formed an online collective called Project PM. The reporter, whose stories have appeared in publications including the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and the Guardian, wanted to investigate confidential documents unearthed by groups like WikiLeaks and the super-secret hacker collective Anonymous.

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2,000 federal crime convictions to be reviewed for validity

On behalf of Hochglaube & DeBorde Law Firm posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

In an unprecedented and very positive move, the U.S. Department of Justice has just announced that it will undertake a massive review of federal convictions that may have been based on misleading testimony by FBI laboratory analysts. Federal prosecutors will comb through the cases of more than 2,000 people, some of whom are facing the death penalty, who were convicted of federal crimes between 1985 and 2000 based on FBI testimony involving microscopic hair analysis.

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