Austin Federal Cases Lawyer
Buford & Gonzalez handles all types of federal criminal cases and, if applicable, associated asset forfeiture matters. We have tried a number of federal jury trials to verdict.
For Federal Criminal Law purposes, Austin is located in the Western District of Texas. This is one of four federal judicial districts, and one of the largest in the country. It includes three of the five largest cities in Texas and 68 counties – totaling over 93,000 square miles and an estimated population of 6.5 million. The headquarters office is in San Antonio and branch offices are located in Austin, El Paso, Waco, Del Rio, Midland, Pecos and Alpine.
The Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office handles the prosecution of all types of crimes under federal law ranging from complex white collar crime, public corruption, investment schemes, illegal immigration and alien smuggling, drug trafficking, firearms violations and homicides. The largest sections within the Criminal Division are the Major Crimes Section, which prosecutes cases involving violent robberies, guns, Social Security fraud and criminal immigration violations. The criminal section also includes: Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Appellate, Asset Forfeiture, and OCDETF.
One of our notable federal jury trials involved approximately 150 lbs. of cocaine that was allegedly being trafficked by the Columbian drug cartel. We believed that our client’s arrest was unconstitutional and filed appropriate motions. The trial court erroneously denied our motions and ordered us to trial, which resulted in a conviction. Subsequently, the appeals court decided that we were right and reversed the conviction. Our client was released.