United States District Court, Western District of New York


James Quinn Auricchio, Esq., handles a significant number of criminal cases in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.  This court is the United States District Court with jurisdiction over Federal Crimes in Western New York.  Criminal Defense Attorneys in Western New York that handle matters in Federal Courts commonly handle matters in both State and Federal Courts.

This Court is seated in Buffalo and Rochester, with jurisdiction over Civil and Criminal cases which are founded on causes of action based in Federal Law or where a civil claim involves multiple jurisdictions.  Criminal Cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, currently William Hochul, Esq.

The Chief Judge of the Western District of New York is William M. Skretny.  Government reports indicate that in fiscal year 2011, 656 new criminal cases were commenced in the Western District of New York.  The greatest number of cases related to fraud, followed by drug offenses and firearms investigations.

These cases are most commonly investigated by federal law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshalls, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security.  Local Law Enforcement frequently coordinates investigations of federal crimes, and the DEA has, for some time, enjoyed a successful partnership with local law enforcement through a task force which features federal agents partnered with detectives from a number of local agencies.  The IRS and Secret Service also coordinate with local agencies to investigate Suspicious Activity Reports and Currency Transaction Reports filed with the Finacial Crimes Enforcement Network or FinCen, a United States Treasury Network System.

A number of ports of entry or border entries are situated in the Western District, specifically bridges between the United States and Canada, including the Peace Bridge, Lewiston Queenston Bridge and the Rainbow Bridge.  As a result this district sees a significant amount of cases related to the illegal importation of drugs.

We most commonly handle matters related to Drug Trafficking, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Identity Theft.  In 2012, we obtained the dismissal of an indictment against a client who had been falsely accused of dealing drugs to a confidential informant.