Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Paul Saputo is an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer who has the expertise and resources to take on the best federal prosecutors in the United States. If the federal government is prosecuting you, you will face the full force of the federal government with its deep resources and vast array of experienced investigators and attorneys. But this does not make the United States prosecutors infallible. When such a powerful institution as the United States Attorney accuses you of a crime, you should stand up for your constitutional rights with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. We can help you stand up to the United States and defend yourself in any federal criminal prosecution.

The Saputo Law Firm has achieved several notable victories in the recent past, including dismissals in two technically-complex cases. In the Western District of Texas, El Paso, we produced a dismissal for a federal Possession of Child Pornography case as a result of our Motion to Suppress Evidence. In the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth, we produced a dismissal for a federal prosecution of Obscene Image Depicting Children after our motion challenging jurisdiction and first amendment issues. We are currently working on several other major federal cases in various arenas and practice areas.

Not just criminal defense lawyers, we are warriors fighting unjust and corrupt government prosecutions with a history of success and a reputation for tenacity, courage and legal ingenuity

Paul Saputo was voted one of the Three Best Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers in Dallas

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We have been recognized by numerous organizations, and more importantly, we have been recognized by our clients for providing exceptional outcomes in difficult cases when lives are on the line. Check out our reviews on websites like Avvo or Google or Facebook.

A graduate of Duke Law School, Paul was no stranger to being ahead of the legal and technological curve since he began his practice. In law school, he did not work for the district attorney’s office, he worked for a federal judge. He didn’t work on small cases when he started out, he worked on the largest and most technically-complex in the nation. Now, he leads the Texas trial team and brings the same ingenuity, courage and tenacity to the most technically complex and demanding cases. The Saputo Law Firm doesn’t work for the government, we fight the government.

The United States Attorney (the U.S. Attorney) prosecutes federal crimes, and federal district court judges have authority to hear criminal cases brought to them by the U.S. Attorneys. The federal criminal justice system is separate from the Texas criminal justice system, and it is entirely possible that a defendant may face prosecution by either or both of Texas prosecution and federal prosecution, sometimes even for the same series of events. Winning in state court (or taking a plea deal in state court) does not guarantee that you will not be prosecuted for federal crimes related to the same alleged offense.

We are experienced in defending people accused of high-level federal crimes and taking on federal law enforcement agencies, facing off with agencies like the FBI and Secret Service in federal court. The United States of America uses immense resources in prosecuting people accused of federal crimes, often using a several different agencies to investigate (the FBI, the STF, Secret Service, DHS and others). If you are under investigation, or if you are being threatened with prosecution by federal agencies, you should consider hiring us immediately to protect your rights. We are passionate about our federal criminal defense practice, and we aggressively represent our clients’ interests in federal courts across the country.

Find an answer to one of the frequently asked questions about our federal criminal defense practice below.

I’ve been charged with a Federal Crime. What should I do? How can I defend myself against a federal criminal charge?

You need to immediately contact a federal defense attorney if you have been charged with a federal crime. You can call us at (888) 239-9305 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We can explain to you all of the next steps and begin to formulate a strategy for your defense. We are experienced in defending against criminal prosecutions, and we will craft the best strategy for your defense.

What is the difference between federal crimes and Texas state crimes?

Federal crimes are offenses that are described by the United States Code, which is comprised of laws passed by the United States Congress. State crimes are offenses that are described by state criminal codes. In Texas, the most common source of state codes describing offenses is the Texas Penal Code. Title 18 of the United States Code is the portion of federal law that deals specifically with federal criminal law.

Federal crimes and state crimes also differ by the agencies that are responsible for investigating and prosecuting them. See the question below for more information on that topic. Another difference between these crimes are the courts that they are prosecuted in–federal criminal trials are held in federal district courts, whereas state criminal trials are held in state courts.

Who investigates Federal Crimes? Who prosecutes Federal Crimes?

The enforcement of all federal law, including the enforcement of federal crimes, is ultimately the authority of the President of the United States. The President delegates this law enforcement responsibility to federal investigative agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, ATF, DHS (Department of Homeland Security) or the SEC. As a practical matter, many of these agencies seek and receive cooperation from local and state law enforcement agencies.

The President delegates the job of prosecuting federal crimes to U.S. Attorneys throughout the country. U.S. Attorneys generally have authority to prosecute crimes in a specific region of the country (usually tied to a federal district court) and the top U.S. Attorney of that region hires a staff of Assistant U.S. Attorneys to carry out the day-to-day operations of the office.

When do I need to hire a federal criminal defense attorney?

You should hire a federal defense attorney as soon as you are aware that you are under investigation for a federal criminal offense. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you will be able to fully understand what steps to take next in defending yourself, and the sooner we will be able to begin crafting your defense strategy. The sooner we are able to begin working for you, the better off your defense will be.

What are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines? How do the Federal Sentencing Guidelines work?

The federal sentencing guidelines are rules that federal district court judges use to determine a range of punishment for people who have been convicted of federal crimes. The United States Sentencing Guidelines Manual contains the rules that the judges use. There are many factors that the sentencing guidelines take into account, including the nature of the federal criminal offense, details about the particular offense like the amount of money involved, the role of the person who was convicted and person’s criminal record (in state and federal courts). The sentencing guidelines are not mandatory, but federal judges use them as tools to determine an appropriate sentence.

Do I need a federal defense lawyer if I am going to plead guilty?

Yes, you need an attorney. Do not plead guilty without contacting a federal criminal defense attorney. As a federal defense lawyer, I can advise you on the your rights, attempt to negotiate a lesser charge or lighter sentence or recommend to you that you fight the government in a federal trial.

Should I take the plea bargain agreement that I was offered? Is this a good deal?

If you have specific questions about a plea bargain that was offered to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 239-9305. If your current attorney is recommending that you accept a plea bargain, but you want a second opinion, please reach out. You should never accept a plea bargain unless you are comfortable with it and completely understand your options and all of the potential consequences.

Recent Case Results

  • 2019 Not Guilty in Collin County DWI >0.15
  • 2019 Not Guilty in Dallas County Indecency with a Child
  • Oral Argument at the United States Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Prosecutorial Misconduct Claim arising out of Northern District of Texas
  • 2018 Not Guilty in Martin County Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer
  • Not Guilty in 2018 Dallas County DWI Trial
  • Client cleared in Dallas Police Shooting wrongful accusation
  • Federal sentencing results in 10 Year Downward Deviation from Sentencing Guidelines in 2018
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict for client originally accused of Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Case Dismissed after picking jury in Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child case in 2017
  • United States Attorney dismisses case against client charged in El Paso Federal Court with Possession of Child Pornography
  • ALL CHARGES DISMISSED against our client in the Twin Peaks Waco Biker case
  • Client “No-billed” by grand jury investigating shooting death case
  • Coverage of Case Involving Waco teacher sending messages to student
  • Judge returns a Directed Verdict of Acquittal in case involving trainer of professional athletes
  • Rare Not Guilty verdict in Rockwall County DWI
  • 2016 Dismissal of Fort Worth Federal Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Hill County Money Laundering case Dismissed and civil asset forfeiture assets returned
  • Coverage of teen Lewisville client charged with hit-and-run death
  • Two Montague County Indecency with a Child cases Dismissed