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Federal Charges Require an Attorney With Federal Court Experience

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.

Sylvia A. Cavazos has been practicing criminal law in Texas since 1997 and has handled a substantial number of federal cases since being admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in 2008. You can rely on her experience and trial skills.

Representing Clients at Each Stage of the Federal 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 Ms. Cavazos to represent you, she 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.

Ms. Cavazos has the experience to defend clients against all types of federal criminal charges. Common offenses clients are charged with include drug trafficking, fraud and embezzlement, weapons crimes, money laundering, racketeering and smuggling of undocumented aliens.

She also represents 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.

The Experience You Need

You need a lawyer who understands what needs to be done to fight for your rights in federal court and help you avoid serious criminal penalties. To schedule a free one-hour consultation to discuss your case, please call the firm in San Antonio at 210-468-1130 or contact the firm online.