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Areas of Practice

The Downey Law Firm has successfully represented individuals and corporations in all stages of criminal prosecution. We provide each of our clients with a detailed course of action to address the problem at hand, whether it is an accusation, investigation, indictment, or post-conviction appeal. Our firm can provide you or your company with the experienced and skilled legal guidance and representation you need to navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

Professional distinctions earned by Attorney Christopher Downey include:

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly Magazine (2012 – 2017)
  • "Top Lawyer in Houston" by H Texas Magazine (2009 – 2011, 2013, and 2014)

Listed below are some of the more common areas of concern to our clients. Please click on your area of concern where it is highlighted to read a further description of that topic and how a Houston criminal defense attorney at the firm can assist you.

Within the Houston area, Downey Law Firm Specialized in the following areas of Criminal Defense:


DWI (driving while intoxicated) is a serious legal matter. Unfortunately, Texas is routinely one of the states in the nation with the highest number of traffic injuries and fatalities associated with drunk driving. For this reason, a DWI offense carries harsh penalties for those convicted. For this type of charge, it is essential to enlist the help of an experienced DWI lawyer.

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes include possession, sale, distribution, importation, cultivation, manufacture, and trafficking in controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and other illegal street and club drugs as well as unauthorized prescription medicines. These offenses may be charged at either the state or federal level.

Sex Crimes

A sex offense allegation can cause damage to your social standing, your career, and your personal relationships which can be devastating. These types of crimes carry a social stigma and prejudice that is often difficult to overcome, which is why it is imperative to seek highly-qualified legal representation.

Internet Crimes

The proliferation of the internet and cyberspace has created a new criminal case category of crimes which involve the use of the internet and computers. These crimes include such offenses as identity theft, credit card fraud and other crimes against financial institutions, luring minors through email, chat rooms, and websites, child pornography, computer hacking, and more.

Theft Crimes

Theft involves taking the property or assets of others without their permission in order to deprive them of said property. These crimes can range from misdemeanor shoplifting to aggravated robbery. Theft offenses can also include nonviolent crimes such as fraud and embezzlement.

Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are those which cross state lines, violate federal laws, or take place on federal property. Thousands of crimes may be prosecuted in federal courts, from drug crimes prosecuted by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to investment scams and robberies of federally-insured financial institutions.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are those in which force or violence is threatened or committed against victims. These crimes are among the most serious that an individual can face, carrying penalties that may involve lengthy or lifetime prison sentences or even the death penalty. Competent and dedicated legal representation in such cases is imperative.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes consist of nonviolent crimes which are generally committed by business professionals, entrepreneurs, or public officials. These are crimes in which misrepresentation and deceit are used for personal gain. Various types of fraud and other types of theft, public corruption, scams, and schemes comprise white collar crimes.

Enlist the Services of a Houston Defense Lawyer

Whatever the nature or severity of the criminal case in which you are involved, retaining highly-qualified legal representation is vital if you wish to increase your chances for a favorable result. Our firm has a proven track record of effective legal assistance for clients throughout Texas. To get pertinent legal advice and representation concerning your case, contact our firm to arrange for a consultation as soon as possible.

Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • National College of DUI Defense
Professional Positions
  • Instructor, DWI "Top Gun" School , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Co-Chairman, Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel

  • Author, Instructing the Jury, 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Author, Subpoenaing Big Brother, 2010 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Author, Picking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Former Felony Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney's Office

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Phone: (713) 651-0400
Address: The Downey Building, 2814 Hamilton Street, Houston, Texas 77004

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