Protecting the Rights of the Criminally Accused in Federal Court
If you have been charged with a federal crime or placed under investigation by a federal law enforcement agency, it is vital that you retain a defense attorney who is familiar with the federal criminal justice system and is prepared to protect your rights within that system.
I am Sylvia A. Cavazos, a San Antonio federal criminal lawyer. I have been practicing criminal law in Texas since 1997, and I have handled a substantial number of federal cases since being admitted to practice before U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in 2008.
Representing Clients at Each Stage of the Criminal Justice Process
In defending you against federal charges, your lawyer needs to be prepared to take every opportunity to weaken the prosecution's case against you. If you retain me to represent you, I will diligently protect your rights at each stage in the process, which may include:
- Preliminary hearing: At this hearing, the government presents its evidence and the court decides whether there is probable cause for you to be prosecuted for a crime.
- Detention hearing: At this hearing, the court decides whether you will be allowed to post a bond or whether you will be detained in jail or prison while your case is pending.
- Criminal trial: At your trial, the prosecution must convince an impartial jury of your peers, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty of the specific charges against you.
- Sentencing hearing: If you are convicted of a crime, the sentencing hearing is when the court will decide whether to follow the federal sentencing guidelines or deviate from them.
I have the experience to defend clients against all types of federal criminal charges. Common offenses my clients are charged with include drug trafficking, weapons offenses, racketeering, fraud and embezzlement, money laundering, and smuggling of undocumented aliens.
I also represent clients who have been accused of violating the terms of their supervisory release (for instance, testing positive for drugs) after serving their time in federal prison.
Del Rio Defense Lawyer · Fraud, Embezzlement, Smuggling · 210-468-1130
I understand what needs to be done to fight for my clients' rights in federal court, and I am dedicated to helping them avoid serious criminal penalties. To schedule a free one-hour consultation to discuss your case, please contact my office at 210-468-1130 or by e-mail.