Money laundering is the process of acquiring money gained through illegal activities and disguising these proceeds through legitimate channels in order to make them appear to be obtained legally, including “layering” through various financial institutions or creating a “front” business. Depending on the extent of the offense, it is a white collar crime that could either be charged in state or federal courts.

If you have been arrested or are currently under investigation for money laundering in Texas, our College Station criminal defense attorney is prepared to defend you from start to finish. With nearly three decades of experience, we possess the knowledge and insight to help you obtain favorable results in your case.


Money laundering charges derive from other offenses, including fraud or drug trafficking. This type of activity typically requires the involvement of a group of people, you may be additionally charged with conspiracy or organized crime. However, in order to prove that you are guilty of money laundering, the prosecution must demonstrate that you knew of the criminal nature of the activity from which the money was acquired.

The following are money laundering penalties based on the amount of money involved in the offense:

  • Between $1,500 and less than $20,000 – state jail felony
    • Jail sentence between 180 days and two years
    • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Between $20,000 and less than $100,000 – third degree felony
    • Prison sentence between two and 10 years
    • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Between $100,000 and less than $200,000 – second degree felony
    • Prison sentence between two and 20 years
    • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Over $200,000 – first degree felony
    • Prison sentence between five and 99 years
    • Fines of up to $10,000

As a former prosecutor, our College Station criminal defense attorney understands exactly what you will be up against. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation today.

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