Federal Charges

Facing federal criminal charges can be a scary, confusing, and overwhelming time in someone’s life. The team of lawyers at Cofer Luster Law Firm, PC is here for you to take some of the stress away and help you navigate the process. When you are facing federal criminal charges, that means that the United States government is accusing you of a crime. Some of the crimes that fall under federal law include possession of child pornography, drug conspiracy, enticement of a child, and white-collar crime. However, this list is not exhaustive, as there are many laws in federal criminal law which are outlined in Title 18 of the United States Code


The early stages of a federal criminal case move quickly. A federal criminal case starts with an investigation before anything is pursued. If through that investigation it is determined that there is enough evidence to support a criminal charge, then they will do that by either seeking an indictment from the grand jury or filing a complaint. The next step is an initial appearance, where a defendant is brought in front of a judge and told the charges they are facing. During this initial appearance, the defendant will be asked to plea guilty or not guilty; as well. The next part of the process can be lengthy, which includes the time preparing for trial or negotiating a plea deal. If found guilty at trial or accepting a guilty plea, the next step is sentencing. After sentencing, there can be an opportunity to appeal the sentence you receive.

If you find yourself facing federal criminal charges and need help, reach out to us at 682-777-3336 or contact us online. The Cofer Luster team is here to help you and be by your side through this difficult time. 


The United States federal government is the most powerful entity in the world. If you are facing an indictment, complaint, target letter, or even a subpoena, then you are in a dangerous position. Our rights are limited and fragile. You need to push out of your mind any ideas you may have about your government being fair-dealing or truth-seeking. Although individuals in the federal criminal justice system may have integrity and good intentions, the system works to extinguish any hope of escape and deliver painful retribution. Assume all communications are being monitored and every bit of your information is being harvested. The early stages of a federal prosecution move swiftly and opportunities to improve your situation can easily be missed. The Cofer Luster team knows you are under tremendous stress, and are in a vulnerable position. We want to protect you.


Cody Cofer is an authority in federal criminal practice:

-Served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas;

-An adjunct professor at the Texas A&M School of Law;

-Regularly speaks at continuing education conferences;

-Mentors attorneys who are trying to learn about the federal criminal system;

-Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization;

-Successfully defended cases throughout Texas and across the United States; and

-Licensed to practice by the United States Supreme Court, Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, and the Texas Supreme Court.


Federal court is hostile, high-pressure, and unforgiving. We are among the relatively small percentage of criminal lawyers who practice in federal court. Within that small pool of lawyers, we are some of the few that are meaningfully experienced and effective. Regardless of whether you’re facing a white-collar investigation or are accused of being part of a drug conspiracy, we want to protect you.

Possession of Child Pornography

Child pornography is a serious federal crime that can result in very severe punishments if convicted. These cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. Contact Us.

Drug Conspiracy

Charges for drug possession, trafficking, and sales are usually straight forward. But, federal conspiracy drug charges can be complicated. Many criminal defense attorneys do not practice in federal court, because the investigation, prosecution, and practices can be intimidating. Contact Us.

Enticement of a Child

Any criminal charges related to illicit relationships with children or other interference with minors are prosecuted strictly and punished severely. Enticement of a child is no exception. Contact Us.

Federal Sentencing

Sentencing in federal court is very different from almost all state courts, especially Texas. First, plea bargaining is not as common in federal court. In State court, there is usually a lot of back-and-forth during plea negotiations, and these negotiations usually take place at scheduled court settings commonly referred to as “Docket.” Contact Us.

White-Collar Crime

White-collar crime is a broad term that is used to include non-violent, profit motivated crimes that are thought to be committed by business people and government professionals.  The white-collar crime definition is used to distinguish “street crimes” that include acts such as murder, rape, robbery, and drug trafficking. Contact Us.