Sumpter & Gonzalez has experience in handling federal cases and other attorneys often hire us to consult with them to ensure that their clients benefit from our experience.
One of the reasons that most criminal defense lawyers don't have a lot of experience in federal criminal defense is because the Federal Public Defender handles a majority of the cases. Given the proportionately low number of federal cases filed in Central Texas, the few criminal defense lawyers who practice in federal court handle only a few cases a year. With such a limited opportunity for learning the complications of a federal system, many experienced criminal defense lawyers hire us to assist.
As a former assistant Federal Public Defender in Laredo, Kristin Etter has represented hundreds of clients in federal court. Her expertise has been recognized by the federal criminal bar and she sits on the Criminal Justice Act Panel of Attorneys. She is also one of the instructors at the annual federal criminal training seminar.
In assisting lawyers in Texas and throughout the United States, we have provided criminal defense lawyers assistance in the following areas:
-Developing a release plan to present at the detention hearing;
-Negotiation with the Assistant United States Attorney;
-Drafting objections to the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report;
-Finding reasons for downward departure and drafting sentencing memorandum in support ;
-Consulting with law enforcement regarding cooperation and compliance in pursuit of 5k1.1 motions;
-Federal criminal jury trials.