A Former Prosecutor And Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialist

At The Downey Law Firm, we aggressively defend every client, every case, every day.

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Nationally Recognized For Skilled Representation

The Downey Law Firm provides aggressive legal representation to individuals and corporate clients facing criminal charges in Texas and throughout the United States. The Downey Law Firm’s founder, Christopher Downey, has earned a national reputation as an effective criminal defense attorney in state and federal courts.

Since 2004, Mr. Downey has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been listed as a Texas Super Lawyer® member by Thomson Reuters since 2012 and has been named a “Top Lawyer in Houston” by H Texas Magazine since 2009.

Mr. Downey maintains a 10.0 rating from Avvo.com and is a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and The Houston Bar Association.

Mr. Downey serves as a member on the Pattern Jury Charge Committee to the State Bar of Texas and serves as a board member to the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Mr. Downey has appeared as a legal analyst on MSNBC, Court TV, The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams and Catherine Crier Live.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

We provide legal representation to individuals and corporate clients charged in state and federal courts. Our areas of practice include: white collar crimes, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, drug crimes, firearms offenses, violent crimes and DWI.

A Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Mr. Downey has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004. He is a frequent lecturer throughout Texas on a variety of legal topics including jury selection techniques, drafting jury instructions, methods of error preservation and proper pretrial preparation.

He has served on the faculties of the State Bar of Texas’ “Advanced Criminal Law Seminar,” The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association “Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar” and as an Instructor at the TCDLA “Top Gun” DWI Course. Mr. Downey has appeared as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law, South Texas School of Law and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Mr. Downey is a former felony trial prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

More than 25 Years’ Experience With Criminal Matters

Experienced Defense For Criminal Charges

Mr. Downey is a former felony trial prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Downey acted as lead trial prosecutor in over 60 jury trials. He served as Chief Prosecutor in two misdemeanor courts and achieved Assistant Chief Felony Prosecutor status where he was responsible for prosecuting a wide variety of crimes including murder and other first-degree felony offenses.

Mr. Downey was selected to join the Civil Rights Division where he focused his efforts on the investigation and prosecution of law enforcement personnel accused of civil rights violations. He served as a member of the Harris County District Attorney’s Shooting Investigation Team which was responsible for investigating and reviewing every officer-related shooting in Harris County in which a citizen was shot or injured. Mr. Downey understands how prosecutors build cases and can help his clients defend against criminal accusations such as:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Drug crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Theft crimes
  • White collar crimes
  • Internet crimes
  • Fraud
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Skilled Representation For Federal Investigations

Mr. Downey has defended clients facing investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies.

If you are being investigated, it is critical that you hire a lawyer with experience handling cases involving investigations by these powerful federal agencies.

Case Results

Dismissal Of Bank Robbery And Solicitation Of Capital Murder

Not Guilty Arson

Dismissal Of Aggravated Assault And Robbery Charges

Deferred Adjudication For Sexual Assault

Dismissal of Federal Charges of Distribution of Controlled Substances and Conspiracy

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