Experience Matters In Federal Court

At The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown, PC, in San Antonio, we do not just accept federal cases. We have significant experience handling drug crimes, violent offenses and theft cases handled in federal court. Moreover, we have a track record of success. This is an important point to consider if you face charges in federal court, because it is nothing like state court.

Here are only a few of the differences:

  • The sentences are harsher: Federal crimes carry higher fines and penalties. Prison is on the table for most cases, and federal prosecutors seek and judges hand down longer prison sentences than you would face in state court.
  • The investigations are more extensive: Federal investigations are complicated and take quite a bit of time, and the subject typically knows they are under suspicion of a crime before charges are filed. The longer your opponent has, the more evidence they can gather to build a case against you.
  • The people involved are more powerful: Agencies that can conduct federal investigations include DEA, FBI, ATF, Secret Service, Customs, ICE, US Marshals, Postal Inspectors, IRS and others. These agencies have the resources of the federal government at their disposal.
  • The investigators are more aggressive: Not only are the investigations more extensive, but the agencies mentioned above are known for using much more aggressive tactics. At times, they are willing to use illegal efforts to gather evidence against you. They could use entrapment, initiate unwarranted traffic stops, employ racial profiling or conduct unreasonable searches and seizures.
  • The trial goes faster and the rules of federal court are different: Although the investigations take longer, the cases generally go to trial faster. The rules of federal court are very different than in state court.
  • Federal prosecutors can pick up a case that the state initiated: Many criminal offenses can be charged in either state or federal court. A case may start in state court but get transferred to federal court or you could face charges in both. When you have an attorney who only practices in state court, this means that you have to start over. You have to find a new lawyer, and it will take time for him or her to become familiar with your case.

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If you suspect that you are under investigation for a federal crime, you need to immediately contact The Office of Shawn C. Brown, PC. The prosecution is already building its case against you. Do not fall behind. Let us start building your defense today.

Call 1-888-WE-FIGHT and 210-265-6290 or email us to schedule your free initial consultation with our lawyers. We represent individuals in federal courts throughout South Texas. Hablamos español.



The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown recently represented a client that was rear-ended by a driver who was texting and driving. The client sustained head trauma, a hematoma and a broken foot. After fighting with the insurance company of the distracted driver, The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown was able to reach a total settlement for the client of $130,000.



Our Client was pulled over for allegedly swerving and driving without their headlights on. After the administration of the field sobriety tests, the client was arrested for DWI and their blood was taken. Attorney Bryan Orihel reviewed the blood results from the lab, and found multiple issues with the refrigeration of the blood sample and abnormalities in the actual test of the client’s blood. The case was set for trial in which the state DISMISSED all charges against our client.