It’s well known that many protesters have been arrested for charges in relation to the protests and what have been alleged as riots. If you have been charged with protest related criminal charges whether they be in the state of Texas or Federal Criminal Charges, then call Cofer Luster Law Firm, P.C. to represent you and defend your case. Don’t accept trumped up charges as inevitable and get the powerful criminal defense team of Cody Cofer, James Luster, and Daniel Collins to defend your case. We’ll fight for a dismissal of the charges and search avenue to reach a dismissal on your case. This week alone we had two case dismissals and our clients couldn’t be happier.
Facing federal criminal charges is a serious ordeal and should be met with a serious team of criminal defense litigators that have experience in fighting cases at every level and for related offenses. It’s important to call to hire us immediately upon being arrested, charged, or even investigated for a crime whether you’re innocent or not. Having a team like Cofer Luster Law Firm, P.C. may mean the difference between 20 years in federal prison or walking free.
Riots according to 18 U.S. Code § 2101
According to 18 U.S. Code § 2101 – Riots are defined as:
(a)Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, with intent—
(1) to incite a riot; or
(2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or
(3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or
(4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot;
and who either during the course of any such travel or use or thereafter performs or attempts to perform any other overt act for any purpose specified in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this paragraph— 
Shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(b) In any prosecution under this section, proof that a defendant engaged or attempted to engage in one or more of the overt acts described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of paragraph (1) of subsection (a)  and (1) has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce, or (2) has use of or used any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including but not limited to, mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, to communicate with or broadcast to any person or group of persons prior to such overt acts, such travel or use shall be admissible proof to establish that such defendant traveled in or used such facility of interstate or foreign commerce.
(c) A judgment of conviction or acquittal on the merits under the laws of any State shall be a bar to any prosecution hereunder for the same act or acts.
(d) Whenever, in the opinion of the Attorney General or of the appropriate officer of the Department of Justice charged by law or under the instructions of the Attorney General with authority to act, any person shall have violated this chapter, the Department shall proceed as speedily as possible with a prosecution of such person hereunder and with any appeal which may lie from any decision adverse to the Government resulting from such prosecution.
(e) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to make it unlawful for any person to travel in, or use any facility of, interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of pursuing the legitimate objectives of organized labor, through orderly and lawful means.
(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to prevent any State, any possession or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia, from exercising jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section; nor shall anything in this section be construed as depriving State and local law enforcement authorities of responsibility for prosecuting acts that may be violations of this section and that are violations of State and local law.
Protest and Riot Related Criminal Charges
With the outcry of many for political gain and to take strong positions, many of the criminal charges being thrown at those of recent protests have been increased for news effect and to intimidate others from being willing to attend similar or possible upcoming protests. If you’re thinking of attending a protest or have been charged with any of these other criminal charges, we recommend hiring our defense law firm to protect you and your rights from being infringed upon due to political motivations and current media buzz. You may have a family member that has already been arrested for protest and riot related charges. If so, hire the experienced defense attorneys to protect a family member after they have already been arrested or charged with crimes related to protests and riots.
Some charges that you could be facing after being arrested at a protest include:
- theft of public property
- theft of public money
- knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building grounds without authority
- violent entry
- disorderly conduct
- interstate threats
- possession of an unregistered firearm
- carrying or having readily accessible a firearm and ammunition
Hire Experienced Defense Lawyers for Protesters
When faced with federal criminal charges for rioting, having the best criminal defense lawyers for protesters is crucial. For the defense team that will fight for a dismissal of your case, call our law office immediately at 682-777-3336 and ask to speak with one of our incredible lawyers that have fought and won cases all the way up to the appellate courts and the Supreme Court.