Posted on 10/26/20

The nation is facing unprecedented challenges, including nationwide protests and a divisive upcoming election. Many protesters are facing criminal charges related to looting and theft. As riots continue in major cities across the United States, law enforcement agencies are catching up and issuing charges against suspects identified and video footage and photographs. 

Unruly Protesters Who Come From Out of State Could Face Federal Charges

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that people who come to Texas from out of state to engage in looting or any type of violence will face serious penalties. Specifically, people who come to Texas from another state “to engage in looting, violence, or other destructive acts in violation of federal law will be subject to federal prosecution.” 

The governor’s office stated that any defendants arrested and charged with these types of crimes will immediately be transferred into the custody of federal agents to await Federal prosecution. The United States attorneys will work with Texas law enforcement officials and prosecutors to identify any crimes that violate federal law. Local law enforcement has arrested dozens of people at various protests in Austin, Fort Worth, and Dallas.

According to local news outlets, many protesters in Dallas are from out-of-state. Law enforcement officers have arrested over 100 people for engaging in riot-related crime, and many of them were not from Dallas. Some protesters have been charged with misdemeanors under Texas law, but others are being charged with more serious federal crimes. Those who have been charged with a federal crime need to hire a local criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Dealing with out-of-state criminal charges can be incredibly complex, and you need a criminal defense lawyer, you can trust to represent your rights throughout the process.

The Consequences of a Riot Participation Charge

If you have been charged with a crime related to protesting or rioting, your future is in jeopardy. Even if the crime is a misdemeanor, it can cause significant problems for you down the road, including making it difficult to find a job, apply for higher-education, or rent an apartment. In Texas, employers have a right to conduct background checks, and they will discover a misdemeanor conviction on your record. The sooner you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the better. 

The severity of your penalties depends on the facts of your case. For example, if you have been charged with damaging federal property, you could be looking at a felony charge that carries over a year of prison time and significant fines. If you are charged with the right participation, you’ll be facing a misdemeanor crime. While misdemeanors are not as severe as felonies, they can still leave you with a criminal record, the consequences of which can last a long time.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Attorney Christopher Abel has a well-earned reputation for righting for the rights of his clients. He has helped many clients throughout Plano, Dallas, and Ft. Worth in obtaining a dismissal of their charges. Contact his law firm today to schedule your initial consultation. 

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