Our Practice Areas

We set ourselves apart from other criminal defense law firms by providing passionate, courageous and innovative representation and full-service legal support with premium customer service.

In addition to results in criminal defense trials, we are widely-recognized experts in record clearingSex Offender Deregistrationjudicial clemencycriminal appeals and other post-trial litigation.

Major Victories & Notoriety

We represent clients who face pending or threatened high-stakes litigation against the government. Our lawyers, Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis, defend people against serious misdemeanor and felony charges in state and federal courts. The firm also handles a variety of civil matters related to criminal law, including record clearing and civil asset forfeiture. Learn more about our Notable Victories and Press Coverage

Client service is our priority, and we have been consistently awarded the AVVO Client’s Choice Award for excellent client service. We have stellar reviews >>

Our attorneys and staff are all dedicated criminal defense professionals. The firm is led by Paul Saputo, a highly accomplished, AV Rated “Preeminent” Texas criminal defense lawyer. Nicholas Toufexis is the firm’s Managing Partner, both representing clients inside and outside of the courtroom and managing the firm.

Mr. Saputo has represented people in many high-profile cases, including the Dallas Police Shooting case, where Mr. Saputo was able to garner his client’s release within hours, and the Twin Peaks Waco Biker case with all charges dismissed. In addition to leading Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense, he is a frequent contributor to various media outlets and is active within the bar association and politics. 

Because we are innovators in criminal law matters, many other criminal defense attorneys send us the difficult cases, and we are frequently hired by other attorneys to consult during trial, pretrial or post-trial litigation.

Learn more about our Notable Victories and Press Coverage

Client Testimonials

We deliver excellent client satisfaction as reflected in our numerous 5-star reviews. We have numerous public reviews online. You can also learn more about our Notable Victories and Press Coverage

While on duty I was forced to defend myself with lethal force. I contacted Mr. Paul Saputo Jr. the next day and he was very friendly and reassuring when I explained the events that took place. He said he would have his investigators out that day to go over the crime scene and he explained to me what to expect next and case scenarios. I felt after speaking with him I was in good hands with a capable attorney and confident I woild be represented well. He was always available when I needed to speak with him and always friendly and professional. I was cleared in this shooting and having Mr.Saputo Jr. there made this whole ordeal manageable.

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

From start to finish, Nicholas Toufexis, was very personable, educated, and hard working throughout my case. I believe he got me the best I could’ve gotten regarding my legal situation. I recommend Saputo Defense Law-firm, and Nicholas to anyone who is seeking legal help and god forbid I ever need it again, they will be the first I call.

-posted by Zach G. on the Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC Google Profile

Man, I can’t say enough about this guy! Honestly, he’s the true definition of what a lawyer should aspire to be. He did more than what a normal lawyer would do for anyone, and I can say that proudly because he got me out of jail, with an amazing deal. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done, and if you need a true lawyer that will actually fight for you, don’t think twice before getting Paul Saputo, the best criminal defense lawyer out there!

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

Nick Troufexis was super. He helped a family member out and was great from beginning to the end. Looking for a dependable, honest straight forward law firm. This is your firm and Nick is the guy. Talking about results, oh he delivered on every spectrum. So if your on the phone with another law firm, hang up and call Saputo defense NOW!!!

-posted by Jason Peoples on the Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC Google Profile

Paul helped prove my fiance’s innocence! I like the fact that he is all about honesty and truth. We won our case and he did an excellent job in keeping my fiance informed throughout the process. Words cannot express how much we thank you!

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

Nick Toufexis is an outstanding and confident attorney. Throughout the process he kept me informed and prepared me for the best possible outcome. He never gave false hope or promises. If you are facing a complex legal matter and need strong confident representation look no further than Saputo Toufexis Criminal Defense!

-posted by Duron McGlown on the Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC Google Profile

Facing a felony conviction with extradition Paul was informative throughout , even went and posted bond he got my conviction dismissed

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

Nick did a Great job! Was always available and very professional! I would recommend him and this law firm to any and everybody! If you find yourself in bad situation and don’t think you have a way out! Hit Saputo Toufexis Law Firm and they will go to war for you! Thanks Nick I truly appreciate you and my family thank you!

-posted by Deandre “That Fella” Brown on the Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC Google Profile

I was desparate Paul called at 9pm I wasn’t expecting an attorney to answer an on line inquiry at that time he guided us spot on

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

I had Nick to represent me at a very tough time in my life. I needed a lawyer ASAP. I don’t trust ANY of these lawyers but Nick came through CLUTCH! He did everything he told me he would do. There were times when I was like this dude playing but he delivered. Not only did my case get dismissed but another situation attached to that case he helped me with was also successful. I recommend Nick. He’s a straight up no chaser lawyer. He gets results. I don’t plan on ever needing a lawyer again but If I did need representation he would definitely be my guy.

-posted by Paul Bryant on the Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC Google Profile

I highly recommend Paul Saputo and The Saputo Law Firm. Mr. Saputo was very knowledgeable, positive, prompt and available to every inquiry. His knowledge of the law and willingness to ask the tough questions is impressive and refreshing. It is always a trying time when one needs to hire an attorney to present their best interests and Paul did that for me and my family. He went above and beyond even after the completion of the case while always keeping me abreast of new inquires or possibilities. In the event that I require legal counsel again The Saputo Law Firm will be my first call and when asked for a referral my recommendation will be the same.

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

Saputo Law Firm is a top notch firm! Paul is a stellar attorney and has a heart of gold! Paul demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. He is confident, straightforward, and very personable. He is full of energy and very passionate about his work. Paul is very knowledgeable about the law and puts the needs of his clients first. Paul is very quick to respond to inquiries and provides solid advice and counsel. His skill and handwork is only surpassed by his modesty and compassion. Rest assured that you are in good hands and that Paul is going to do everything in his power to take the best care of your case. He will also expedite the process as quickly as possible. I highly recommend Saputo Law Firm!

-posted on Mr. Saputo’s profile on Avvo.com

Counties and Courts where we Practice Law

We are based centrally in Dallas, Texas, but our attorneys handle cases throughout the state. The firm regularly handles cases in federal courts including the Northern District of Texas, Western District of Texas and Eastern District of Texas, and we cover state courts in counties including:

and many other counties…

About Paul Saputo

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We’re not just criminal defense lawyers, we are warriors fighting unjust and corrupt government prosecutions with a history of success and a reputation for tenacity, courage and legal ingenuity

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2023 Client Champion Award for Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Paul Saputo

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell awarded Paul Saputo a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of “AV” ”Preeminent” rating, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive this Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.

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Martindale-Hubbell awarded attorney Paul Saputo the “Client Champion” award. From Martindale:

Martindale-Hubbell’s new Client Champion awards recognize those attorneys who excel at service as affirmed by their clients. The awards, based on the quantity and quality of an attorney’s Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to delivering excellent client service.

Best Lawyers selected Mr. Saputo as a “Ones to Watch” in the White Collar Attorney practice area. Paul Saputo has also been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list. In addition, Paul Saputo has been selected in consecutive years to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers: Criminal Defense list and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40.

Paul Saputo has also achieved a perfect “10.0 – Top Attorney” rating on AVVO, multiple AVVO “Client’s Choice” awards and a “10.0” rating on Justia.

Since 2018, attorney Paul Saputo has also been awarded the “Best Business: Three Best Rated®” distinction. 

Background & Training

Mr. Saputo has practiced throughout Texas in more than fifty Texas state and federal courts. He has obtained hundreds of dismissals and acquittals for clients facing a wide array of serious charges. He has also developed groundbreaking innovations in defense strategies and tactics.

A member of the prestigious Texas Bar College, he continues to both train other lawyers in various continuing education seminars and attend many hours of continuous legal education on a yearly basis with some of the best lawyers, judges and law professors in the country. Mr. Saputo has delivered seminars on topics including “Legislative Updates,” “Advanced Record Clearing,” and other hot topics in criminal law. He is dedicated to defending people accused of crimes and courageously standing up to fight the government when lives and freedom are in jeopardy.

Mr. Saputo is a graduate of the elite Duke University School of Law, a nationally recognized top-ten law school in the United States. Before graduating law school, he worked for a Federal District Court Judge and wrote several appellate briefs for defendants in California challenging the medical marijuana laws of that state.

After law school, Mr. Saputo worked as an attorney at the internationally renowned law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. While there Mr. Saputo helped represent some of the largest companies in the world and received high-level legal training. After leaving Vinson & Elkins, he worked for and with several of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the state of Texas before he founded the firm.

Now he brings his high-level legal training and experience to each one of his clients’ cases. And above all, his commitment to zealously representing his clients in court drives him to the great degree of success that he enjoys in the practice of criminal defense law.

Mr. Saputo is proud to represent some of the best clients in world. He is a deeply passionate attorney who believes that a fair trial is something that must be won through aggressive legal representation. While the process can be daunting, and in many ways unfair, he appreciates the opportunity to go to work for you and stand up for your rights – leveling the playing field and making sure that you are treated with the dignity and compassion that you deserve.

Memberships & Service

As an active member of many criminal defense organizations, Mr. Saputo maintains the highest level of professionalism, proficiency, knowledge and expertise in criminal law. He is a member of organizations including the Texas Bar Association, Texas Bar College, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Dallas Bar Association, among others.

Mr. Saputo currently is a past director and secretary of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

We are active in many criminal defense and legal organizations, and we regularly contribute to the advancement of the criminal defense legal representation. Attorney Paul Saputo regularly presents continuing education seminars to other lawyers, judges and academics.

Bar & Court Admissions

Paul Saputo is admitted to practice in the following courts:

Paul Saputo’s Texas Bar Association profile

About Nicholas Toufexis

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Awards & Recognition

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Best Lawyers selected Mr. Toufexis as a “Ones to Watch” in the DWI/DUI Attorney practice area. /space

Mr. Toufexis was awarded the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars award.

Mr. Toufexis is Lead Counsel Verified in Criminal Defense by LawInfo.

Background & Training

Mr. Toufexis is a veteran of the United States Navy and after serving for 10 years, he has brought that same tenacity to his legal career. As a combat veteran, Mr. Toufexis has used his experiences and translated that fighting attitude to the courtroom. Even before going to law school, Mr. Toufexis knew that his passion was fighting for the rights of the accused and has shown that passion through the exceptional results he has achieved in court. His “think outside the box” mentality has turned many negatives in cases into positives.

Mr. Toufexis believes that everyone is deserving of tenacious legal representation, and that everyone deserves their day in court. Mr. Toufexis is passionate about protecting the rights of the accused and has shown through his actions that he is willing to stand up for their rights.
Mr. Toufexis is ready to go to work for you and ensure that your rights and freedoms are fully protected.
Mr. Toufexis is a member of the prestigious Texas Bar College, and he continues to better himself through numerous hours of continuous legal education, attending some of the most sought-after education from some of the best lawyers in Texas.
Mr. Toufexis is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. During law school, Mr. Toufexis worked as an intern for Mr. Saputo, learning how to not only defend clients, but attack the prosecutions case. After law school, Mr. Toufexis went to work as a licensed attorney for the firm. After working with Mr. Saputo for years, Mr. Toufexis was named a partner in the Saputo Toufexis Criminal Defense firm.

Memberships & Service

Mr. Toufexis serves as the co-chair for the Solo and Small Firms committee in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and is an active member in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Texas Bar Association.

Mr. Toufexis was awarded Dallas Association of Young Lawyers “One to Watch” for February 2023.

Mr. Toufexis has also been published in Headnotes for his article “Spoliation in Criminal Law” and is continuing to write articles not only for other lawyers to read and learn, but also for the general public to help them better understand the law.

Bar & Court Admissions

Nick Toufexis is admitted to practice in the following courts:

Hire the Firm

We know that when you need us, you are going through a traumatic experience, and we understand how important it is to you to have an attorney who will zealously represent you inside and outside of court. We understand that every aspect of your life may be in jeopardy, and we are here to help. When you become a client, you can leave your worry with us – we handle every aspect of your case. We strive to make sure you understand the entire process and all of the options that may be available to you.

Whether you have been arrestedcharged or are under investigation, contact us immediately to protect your rights. The process is simple: book an appointment with us and tell us about your case in person or over the phone. If we agree to accept you as a client, we will quote you a fee and send you a contract to sign.

Please do not send the firm any confidential information about any matter until you receive a written or electronic notice from the firm advising you that the firm represents you (an “engagement letter”). When you receive an engagement letter from the firm, you will be the firm’s client, and we may exchange confidential information freely.

The firm accepts all forms of payment, including credit and debit cards, cash and checks.

Payment plans are welcome, and we also welcome active military and veterans with discounted rates.

When you hire Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense, our experienced criminal defense attorneys will review your case and analyze every detail to determine your best defense strategy. Whether we are representing you on a DWI charge, a possession of controlled substance case, a serious sex crime felony or in any other criminal prosecution, we conduct independent investigations, rigorously examine all the forensic evidence produced against you and advocate aggressively on your behalf.

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