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Federal Court Information for Austin Cases

Federal Court Information for Austin Cases

Criminal Defense Attorney Russell Dr. Hunt, Jr. has represented hundreds of clients accused of Federal crimes.

 Mr. Hunt regularly represents persons arrested or accused of committing Federal crimes.  Russ has more than 20 years of practice experience in District Courts in Central Texas and across the Western District of Texas. If you or a loved one is dealing with Federal criminal charges, we're ready to help--24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please don't delay in seeking legal representation for your federal criminal case.

You will attend scheduled appearances in the Austin Federal Courthouse:

Austin Federal Courthouse Location

United States Courthouse
501 West 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Link to Judges' Calendars for Austin Federal Courts

The website for the Western District of Texas courts has a page with links to the current calendars for all of the judges in the district.  The calendars are dynamically generated and update as changes are made, but be aware that the calendars may not be complete.

Link to Western District of Texas Judges' Calendars

Parking for the Austin Federal Courthouse

If you're traveling by personal vehicle, please remember that the busy area around the United States Courthouse provides paid-only parking, and you will not be reimbursed for parking expenses. You may need to allow extra time to locate space at a meter or garage.  Day-rate parking costs usually run between $10-$18, and can be paid with a credit card or exact dollar amount.  Listed below are the locations of some garages close to the U.S. Courthouse:

•    LAZ Parking – Guadalupe and 6th Street
•    Parking Systems of America surface lot – Guadalupe and 3rd Street
•    AMPCO Parking in the Chase Bank building – 504 Lavaca Plaza

Some garages accept payment at a kiosk in lieu of an attendant. For those without access to a car, alternate transportation may be available—check out the Capital Metro's website at Capital Metro to get information on available bus or train service in your area.

Parking meters around the courthouse can be found, although the street parking most likely to be available is located two or more blocks north of the courthouse across 6th street.  The meters accept quarters and/or visa/mastercard.  You should plan to walk several blocks from a street parking spot to the courthouse.  Hourly parking costs slightly more than $1/hr, and can be paid at the meters or through various smartphone parking apps. 

Arriving at Court

Local rules require clients to arrive at least 15 minutes before court, so it is a good idea to plan to park 30 minutes before scheduled appearances so you can locate parking, walk to the courthouse, locate the court room and chat with your attorney about last-minute details.  Be aware that entry to the courthouse requires passage through a metal detector, and an x-ray machine which will scan all bags and coats. Certain items cannot be carried into the courthouse such as weapons and drug paraphernalia. Security personnel will confiscate them and they may not be returned even if the items themselves are ordinarily legal to possess. Possession of illegal items will result in your arrest.  You can ensure that your appearance goes smoothly by wearing appropriate clothing like slacks and button-up shirt for men, and a nice dress or slacks and blouse for women.  

Personnel at United States courthouses enforce a strong and specific set of security rules.  Plan to bring a photo identification card to present when you walk in. 

United States District Judges for Western District-Austin Division

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman

Senior U.S. District Judge James R. Nowlin

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew W. Austin

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane

General Outline of Court Appearances in Federal Court

If you or a loved one has just been charged with a Federal criminal offense, you may be wondering what happens next.  Fortunately, while your individual case is unique, the Federal criminal court process follows a predictable pattern:

  • The first appearance in federal court after arrest or charge is called an "Initial Appearance," and at this setting the magistrate judge will explain the charges and ranges of punishment.  He may also release you on bond at this time.
  • For cases that have not yet been indicted, the first court appearance after initial appearance is the "Preliminary Examination" and "Detention Hearing."  These hearings are commonly combined into a bond and probable cause hearing at which the Government will present evidence regarding their case to establish probable cause and flight risk factors.
  • After indictment the case will be scheduled for an "Arraignment," which is technically a court hearing where the judge reads the formal charges in the indictment to the defendant, although this court appearance is normally waived and a plea of "Not Guilty" entered
  • Following the Arraignment, the court will issue a scheduling order with some or all of the following dates:
    • Motions filing deadline
    • Status conference
    • Plea agreement deadline
    • Pretrial motions hearing
    • Final status conference
    • Jury selection and trial

Unlike in State court, there will not be periodic "check-in" dates.  Also unlike in State court, the deadlines and schedules issued at the initiation of the case are fairly rigid due to the federal Speedy Trial Act.  The client's attendance is always required at all court appearances in Federal court.

Hire a Good Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Since the consequences for criminal charges can be severe, you shouldn't leave your situation to chance—never attend court appearances without skilled legal representation.  

Federal criminal defense is a complex area of law that deals with challenging legal and scientific issues, and whose procedural and technical rules are different in many ways than those in State court. Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Russell D. Hunt Jr. can provide outstanding legal representation to individuals arrested and facing Federal criminal charges. 

Russ Hunt, Jr. is known for powerful, compassionate representation.
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You Are Not Alone

Criminal charges bring some of the toughest stress you'll ever deal with. In difficult times--and especially against the tough state and federal prosecutors in Williamson and Travis counties--you'll need an aggressive and determined advocate by your side. An accessible and dedicated ally, Russ tirelessly fights for your best possible outcome.