While most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court, the United States federal courts also have jurisdictions over certain types of criminal offenses.
In the federal courts in and around Tarrant County, Texas, the prosecuting attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) prosecute criminal offenses.
Jurisdiction to prosecute the case within the federal criminal justice system can occur because the crime impacts interstate commerce, the crime occurred on land owned by the federal government or an Indian reservation, or the allegations involve a loss or harm to the federal government.
Criminal defense attorneys in federal court fight serious felony charges, minor federal offenses, petty felony offenses, and infractions.
Cases in the federal criminal justice system can include everything from tax evasion to drug or firearm charges, to civil rights violations.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
TCDLA has a proud history of supporting and educating criminal defense lawyers in the the state while advocating for the rights of the accused. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Texas are active within this organization.
The TCCDLA is a non profit organization in Fort Worth, TX. Since it was established in the late 1970's, the members of TCCDLA have included many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Tarrant County, Texas. The TCCDLA provides its members with a unified voice to address issues of common concern, networking opportunities and quality CLE seminars.
Arlington Lawyer Referral Service - The Arlington Bar Association operates a non-profit Lawyer Referral Service ("LRS"). For the last twenty years, the LRS has helped individuals and businesses find a qualified attorney in the City of Arlington, Tarrant County, and the surrounding areas of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. In 2014, the Arlington Bar Association added a Board Certified Panel to the LRS when "one is desired, normally due to perceived difficulty, importance, or complexity of the legal matter."
Tarrant County Bar Lawyer Referral Service - The Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) in Fort Worth, TX, sponsors a non-profit Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). This community based non-profit service helps people find an attorney in Tarrant County, Johnson County, Wise County, Parker County, Denton County, and Hood County, TX.