Being charged with a federal crime is a very serious matter. All federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement officials such the Federal Bureau of Investigations. A person charged with a federal crime is prosecuted by a United States Attorney and faces severe penalties upon conviction.
When you’re facing serious federal charges, it is imperative that you turn to the Texas criminal defense lawyers of Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, P.C., for legal help. Let our Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists put decades of experience to work for you. Protect your freedom and your future. Contact us for a confidential consultation through our online form or by phone at (512) 476-4873.
We represent clients charged with federal crimes in Austin, TX and the surrounding communities, including: Hays County (Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley); Travis County (Creedmoor, Elroy, Manor, Pflugerville); Williamson County (Cedar Park, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Florence, Leander, Round Rock, Taylor); Bastrop County (Bastrop, Clearview, Elgin, Rockne, Smithville); Comal County (Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Gruene, New Braunfels, Sattler, Startzville); Burnet County (Bertram, Burnet, Marble Falls); and Caldwell County (Lockhart, Luling).
In the Austin area, federal cases are heard by the United States Western District Court of Texas. This court is made up of seven divisions. The Austin division serves several counties including Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson.
Federal crimes are violations of laws that have been passed by the United States Congress. Federal crimes also occur when illegal activity takes place on federal property such as courthouses, airports, government owned buildings and designated parks. The federal criminal code contains over 120 categories of crimes, organized by subject matter. These federal laws change constantly and, in recent years Congress has created new offenses at an accelerated rate. Between 2000 and 2007, about 56 new crimes were created each year for a total of 452 new crimes.
Frequently committed federal crimes include:
- White collar offenses (especially mail or wire fraud)
- Bank robbery
- Tax evasion
- Immigration offenses
- Child pornography
- Drug trafficking
Individuals accused of a federal crime should not trust their defense to just any attorney. Trying a case in federal court is very different than trying a case in state court. Federal criminal law and procedure is a highly specialized field that requires knowledge of federal rules of evidence and sentencing guidelines. Convictions can result in imprisonment, restitution, large fines, community service, probation, parole and court-ordered counseling. Enhanced criminal charges and stricter sentencing are often imposed on people with a prior criminal record.
We Help You With Your Case
Due to the fact that the sentencing guidelines for federal crimes are more severe than state issued guidelines, it is imperative that you obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the experience to successfully fight federal charges. With four decades of experience in front of federal judges and juries, as well as four Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists, the lawyers of Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, P.C., can help you. We are skilled negotiators who know how to get a beneficial plea bargain and, when necessary, prepare for the best possible outcome at trial.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a serious federal offense, contact Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, P.C., by calling us at (512) 476-4873, by emailing us at [email protected], or by filling out this form. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options. We approach each case with a strong desire to win and a total commitment to you as the client. By getting assistance from a skilled federal defense lawyer from the beginning of your case, you stand a better chance of being successful in court. Let our expertise work for you.