Being charged with involvement in a federal drug trafficking conspiracy in Texas kicks off a complex legal process, unlike state criminal cases. Here is an overview of the key stages and procedures those accused of federal drug conspiracy crimes in Texas face, along with how a Texas attorney can help.
Indictment and Arrest
A federal grand jury will decide whether to issue an indictment formally charging alleged co-conspirators. Grand juries do not hear from the defense, only prosecutors. If indicted, federal marshals will arrest the defendants. Initial appearances before a magistrate will address bail and temporary representation by a public defender for those who cannot afford private counsel.
Once defense counsel is retained or appointed, attorneys start filing pretrial motions seeking to suppress illegally obtained evidence or statements from the accused conspirators. Complex wiretap, search warrant, and Miranda issues often arise that skilled federal lawyers will pursue. Motions may also challenge procedural defects or request severing defendants into separate trials if defenses conflict....