John T Floyd represents individuals and businesses under investigation or accused of serious crimes throughout the State of Texas and before federal courts nationwide. Mr. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been rated as one of the top lawyers practicing criminal law by Thomson Reuters with his inclusion in their prominent list of SuperLawyers. Mr. Floyd Travels to State Courts Throughout Texas and Federal Courts Nationwide.
Principal Office located at 2000 Smith St. Houston, Texas 77002. All other locations by appointment only.
Midland, Texas is historical. It was established in1881 as the midway point between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railroad.
The city’s colorful history also features the discovery of oil in the Permian Basin in 1923 that made it the center of West Texas oilfields. Still today the Permian Basin produces one-fifth of the nation’s oil and natural gas supply.
Federal Prosecutions Hand Out “Texas Justice”
Last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the DEA, and the Midland Police Department announced the arrests of 23 individuals on drug and weapons violations. The indictment charged that two brothers used business fronts to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, El Paso Division, said the arrests “dismantled two separate but significant drug trafficking organizations involved in the distribution and trafficking of cocaine and methamphetamine in the Permian Basin. Jointly, through the hard work and dedication of our agents along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, these criminal organizations will now face west Texas justice.”
Drug Prosecutions Focus on Major Traffickers
In 2013, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on a “Smart on Crime” initiative that instructed U.S. Attorneys away from prosecuting non-violent drug offenders and instead target major drug traffickers for prosecution. The result was a 6 percent drop in drug prosecutions in 2014 by the Justice Department.
It is evident that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is now going after what his office believes it large-scale drug dealers.
This past November, Midland County District Attorney Teresa J. Clingman announced she would not seek a third term in office. DA Clingman’s term expires on December 31, 2016.
The DA’s Office has aggressively prosecuted child sexual assault and family violence cases. For example, an 18-year-old teen was convicted last year of sexually abusing multiple children under six years of age and was sentenced to 65 years in prison. Family violence cases include:
- Spousal abuse
- Domestic assault
- Threats of abuse
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
The District Attorney’s Investigative Services Bureau has the following specialized prosecuting units:
- Property crimes unit
- Narcotics/vice unit
- Crimes against persons unit
- A.F.E. unit(Sex Offenders Awareness, Facts and Enforcement)
- Crime scene investigations unit
- Financial crimes unit
- Auto theft unit
- Juvenile unit
Defending Against Federal or State Criminal Charges
It is abundantly clear that federal prosecutors over Midland County are serious about combating crime, especially in the cities of Midland and Odessa.
Prosecutors in Midland are tough, and so are the judges. The Midland County District Attorney’s Office is now in transition. Its prosecutors will be vying for position with the new DA. Prosecutions will become more intense. This is no place for an inexperienced attorney, especially when it comes to serious crimes in federal court
If you or someone you love is arrested or charged with a crime in Midland/Odessa, it is vitally important for you to exercise your rights.
You should contact an experienced Texas defense attorney who has a track record of success in cases just like yours.
John T. Floyd has been representing Midland citizens and businesses for more than 20 years, and securing positive outcomes for them in both state and federal courts. He believes that everyone deserves a strong defense – regardless of the charges or accusations against them.
A Serious Texas Defense Attorney to Combat Serious Charges
Being arrested or charged with either a state or federal criminal offense in Midland can change the course of your entire life. Some mistakenly believe that felonies are “serious” while misdemeanors no big deal.
That is not always the case. Both types of charges can come with potential jail or prison time; both may carry big fines and other penalties; both can do serious damage to the reputation of a business; and both will earn you a criminal record. The John t Floyd Law Firm represents individuals who take their cases seriously and need to resolve their cases in the best possible manner.
The Consequences of a State Criminal Record
There are also many collateral consequences for having been convicted of a criminal offense in Texas.
Employment. Many occupations (such as doctor, lawyer, nurse, law enforcement etc.) require a license to work. Section 53.021 of the Texas Occupations Code authorize Texas licensing authorities to revoke, suspend, or deny a license to anyone convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
Education: Any student convicted of the possession or sale of a controlled substance can lose or be denied financial assistance under the Federal Student Loans and Grants program, or the forfeiture of a prepaid scholarship.
Asset forfeiture: Serious drug and white collar convictions can result of forfeiture of cash, vehicles, homes, personal property, and businesses.
Firearm: A conviction of more than one year will result in loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or ammunition.
Housing: Federal housing policies permit the exclusion of drug offenders from federally subsidized or funded housing. Most rental applications ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony.
Civil rights: A felony conviction results in the loss of the right to vote, possess firearms, run for public office, be appointed to a public office, or serve on a jury.
Because of the wide range of criminal penalties associated with state felony convictions in Texas, any one charged with a criminal offense in Midland County or in federal courts in the Western District of Texas, needs an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney.
The Consequences of a Federal Criminal Record
Federal felony convictions can also lead to civil forfeitures that result in the loss of personal property, including cash, homes, vehicles, planes, and other personal belongings
The proceeds from forfeited property go into the coffers of law enforcement agencies, not the government treasury. Thus, the police have an incentive to seize and forfeit as much property as possible, regardless of whether it is actually tied to an offender’s offense-related activity.
Beyond these serious to severe penal consequences, federal felony convictions have significant personal collateral consequences. They can disqualify you for a job in the health care industry, government, private security, law enforcement, many areas of the criminal justice system, and any other job requiring a security clearance.
They can, and most likely will, have adverse impact on your employment prospects with companies that routinely run criminal background checks prior to their decision to hire. They can also have a serious impact on your ability to rent a suitable residence as property owners also frequently run background checks, refusing to rent or lease to ex-felons.
How do you fight back and give yourself the best chance at a positive outcome when facing serious charges.
Hire a serious criminal lawyer.
John T. Floyd’s relentless pursuit of justice and aggressive defense strategies have helped individuals and businesses alike fight criminal allegations and obtain positive results in cases that others deemed “hopeless.” Sometimes this means winning the case at trail or getting charges reduced. Other times, it means getting the charges dropped completely. He has succeeded for his clients with the commitment to take every client seriously, thoroughly investigate the law and facts involved in the case and to explore every possible argument to negate the prosecutors’ case.
Mr. Floyd’s ability to do this stems from his extensive knowledge of criminal law, his drive to stay on the cutting edge of changes in these laws and his meticulous instinct for detail. He understands both the law’s complexities and nuances, and understands what it takes to go up against the resources of both state and federal prosecutors. He has the contacts throughout the country to assemble a defense team that even the most skilled prosecutor would find formidable.
In the state of Texas and across the nation, Mr. Floyd is known as an authority on federal and Texas criminal law. Providing unparalleled legal representation to his clients for over two decades, these legal efforts has won him numerous professional accolades and recognition:
Awards and Recognition
Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Avvo – 10/10 Rating, Clients’ Choice Award 2008-2015
H Texas Magazine – Houston’s Top Lawyers 2007-2015
National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2015
Newsweek – Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys 2014
State Bar of Texas – Top 10 Blog Posts 2015
SuperLawyers – 2014-2015
Media Appearances and Mentions
BBC – interviewed as criminal law expert
Chron – Featured in article in 2015
CNSNews – Featured in article in 2012
Fox News –interviewed as criminal law expert on multiple occasions
Hannity and Colmes – interviewed as criminal law expert
HGExperts – Featured in article in 2008
Houston’s iHeartRadio Channel 93.7 – regular legal commentator
NPR – interviewed as criminal law expert
The Huffington Post – Featured in article in 2013
Victoria Advocate – Featured in article in 2011
Mr. Floyd does not take the professional respect and acclaim he has achieved for granted. He recognizes that the greatest achievement lies in the successful outcomes he has obtained for his client through the years. His focus remains on providing excellent legal representation and treating each case as a priority, which understands it is for each of his clients.
The law is ever changing. Mr. Floyd and his staff pride themselves staying abreast of all these changes in order to best serve his clients.
A Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Knows How to Fight Serious Federal and State Charges
The John T. Floyd Law Firm is not diverse in its practice. His firm only handles serious criminal cases before state courts in Texas and federal criminal courts nationwide. This is what we do and what we excel at. This permits a laser focus on one area of law. The following is a list of practice areas related to criminal law that is firm handles:
Midland has high prosecution rates in a number of these areas. Aggressive law enforcement and prosecutions lead to false allegations and wrongful convictions. These types of aggressive investigations techniques too often lead to entrapment, faulty search warrants, unlawful dog sniff searches, concealment of exculpatory evidence, and a host of other constitutional violations.
Mr. Floyd understands the value of a forceful pretrial motion strategy to not only discover illegal police conduct, but also potentially favorable evidence that might not make it into the prosecution’s files, or that which they would rather hide. Mr. Floyd is also careful to preserve all of his client’s rights for any possible appellate review.
Reach Out to Texas Criminal Attorney John T. Floyd to Battle Serious Charges in Midland, Texas and before the Federal District Courts in the Western District of Texas, Midland Division.
Have other defense lawyers in Midland/Odessa turned you down? Have you heard that your case is “hopeless”? Do they tell you to plead even though you are innocent?
You will never hear this from John T. Floyd.
There are no hopeless cases. A skilled criminal attorney will work tirelessly to find a way to get a better deal than the one offered by the prosecution, or better yet, find a way to win the case. In fact, one of the reasons so many people and businesses turn to Mr. Floyd to represent their high-profile cases is due to his knack of turning “losers” into “winners.”
What all of this really means is this: do not give up hope. In the face of tough prosecutors, unforgiving judges and devastating potential penalties, it can be easy to lose hope and take a plea deal out of fear.
That is why you need John T. Floyd. He will always fight relentlessly to get you the best possible outcome, utilizing both his legal skills in and out of the courtroom.
But you need to act fast.
The earlier Mr. Floyd can start crafting your defense, the better your chances at a positive outcome. You can reach The John T. Floyd Law Firm by calling 713-224-0101, emailing email@example.com, or simply completing our confidential case review form online. Let us be your lifeline.