Are You Looking for the Best Collin County, Texas, Continuous Sexual Abuse Attorney?
If you’re looking for the best Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorney, then we want to represent you. Numerous organizations have recognized us for our Texas criminal defense work. And more importantly, our own clients praise us for providing exceptional outcomes in difficult cases when lives are on the line. The Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense team only represents clients who want to hire the top attorneys in the field. Our boutique criminal defense practice is distinguished by our unwavering commitment to delivering consistently high-level legal representation.
In addition to our notable high-profile victories, our history of success also includes representation of numerous high-profile clients. Indeed, many of our biggest wins involved disposing of these cases quietly and out of the sight of the public. When you are facing a criminal prosecution, you have a lot to worry about. Accordingly, our Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorney representation does not stop at the McKinney courthouse door.
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.
When Texas prosecutes you for the crime of Continuous Sexual Abuse, both your freedom and your reputation are at risk. Accordingly, the lawyers at Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense aim to not only win your case, but also keep your name out of the public eye. As a result of pushing the defense envelope for years, we have developed some of the best specialized tools for investigating sex crimes accusations and defending our clients throughout Texas.
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- How do I get a Continuous Sexual Abuse charge dropped in Collin County, Texas?
- How do I win a Continuous Sexual Abuse case in Collin County, Texas?
- How much does it cost to fight a Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse case?
- What happens at a Collin County arraignment?
- How can you modify your Collin County bond conditions after a Continuous Sexual Abuse arrest?
- What is the most common sentence for a Continuous Sexual Abuse charge in Collin County?
- Other Must Know FAQs About These Cases
Choosing The Right Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Make A Huge Difference In Your Case Result
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At Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense, we are defense lawyers, first and foremost. We stake our reputation on bringing the fight to the state. We have never worked for the government and never will. Learn more about our team, awards, and some of our victories.
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In order to get a Continuous Sexual Abuse charge dropped in Texas, you must convince the state that they cannot prove at least one of the elements of the offense as it is defined in Penal Code §21.02. Alternatively, you could show that the offense did not occur in Collin County. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Continuous Sexual Abuse, and we leverage our legal knowledge to mount successful defenses to government prosecutions.
Thoroughly understanding both statutory law and case law contributes to effectively defending you in court. Consequently, as part of our practice, we publish a statutory resource guide on the Continuous Sexual Abuse law in Texas. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Continuous Sexual Abuse cases in Collin County.
The State of Texas v. Manuel Herrera
For example, in one Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse case, the Fifth District Court of Appeals reviewed the records from the 366th Judicial District Court Collin County. Subsequently, the appellate court filed an opinion on June 30, 2023, in the case styled The State of Texas v. Manuel Herrera in Cause No. 05-22-00015-CR.
The appellate court reported the background of the case as follows:
Appellant pleaded not guilty, and his case proceeded to a jury trial. M.R. was twenty-one years old at the time of trial. After the State rested, appellant moved for an instructed verdict on all counts. Based on defense counsel’s arguments regarding the state of the evidence and a prior discussion between the parties and the court regarding the dates alleged in the indictment, the State abandoned the third manner and means alleged in Count 1, which concerned M.R.’s hand touching appellant’s genitals between September 2, 2007, and November 1, 2010, and Counts 2 and 5. The trial court otherwise denied appellant’s motion for directed verdict and, after appellant rested his case, charged the jury on Count 1 (continuous sexual abuse of a child), Count 3 (indecency with a child by contact), and Count 4 (aggravated sexual assault of a child). The jury found appellant guilty of each of the charged offenses, and the case proceeded to punishment before the court.
Based on her birthday, M.R. would have turned ten in August 2010. M.R.’s testimony was legally sufficient to show at least four acts of sexual abuse occurring from fall 2008 through fall 2010. Therefore, any rational juror could have found beyond a reasonable doubt that appellant committed the offense of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Every Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorney should be familiar with this case and other appellate opinions coming out of Collin County that review Continuous Sexual Abuse cases. You can learn more about this case and read the court’s opinion by Justice Smith here.
Law Enforcement Agencies in Collin County that Make Continuous Sexual Abuse Arrests
Peace officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, constable offices, and municipal police departments can make arrests for violations of Continuous Sexual Abuse in Collin County. Law enforcement agencies in Collin County that most typically make Continuous Sexual Abuse arrests include:
- Collin County Sheriff’s Office
- McKinney Police Department
- Plano Police Department
- Frisco Police Department
- Allen Police Department
- Murphy Police Department
- Wylie Police Department
- Anna Police Department
- Princeton Police Department
- Farmersville Police Department
- Melissa Police Department
To beat a Continuous Sexual Abuse charge in Collin County, Texas, you must employ every procedural tool to obtain information and thoroughly investigate the case. Contest all evidence, including witness statements and forensic evidence. Remember, victory hinges on your determination to fight relentlessly.
Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorney, we will look for every avenue to help you. If you want to plead guilty, we must still fight to protect your rights. We want to ensure that the case does not ruin your life. Sometimes the defense strategy requires us to get the best possible result short of a not guilty verdict.
The best defense strategy in Continuous Sexual Abuse cases demands a mix of cutting-edge science, traditional investigative resources and the mastery of digital and forensic technology. Some cases come down to science, but often cases come down to key witness testimony. Sometimes that witness is a sympathetic (but lying) victim. In any case, digital forensic evidence, science and the complex nature of human relationships all play an important role in crafting your defense. In pushing the defense envelope through the years, we have developed specialized methods for investigating these accusations.
Getting the best result in a Continuous Sexual Abuse case also requires being prepared for all hearings and court settings – not just trials. When you hire us as your Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorney, we prepare early and thoroughly. As soon as we get on a case, the state knows that we are getting ready for trial and that we are going for an outright acquittal.
But the preparation often starts even before the case begins. From the moment that the police initiate an investigation or make an arrest, we have work to do. If you want to win your case, then we must do our own investigation. The state has police and investigators of their own working for them to gather evidence to support their case. We can’t afford to let their evidence stand uncontroverted. As a client, you will benefit from the investigative resources of the entire law firm. We have a team of dedicated professionals, including paralegals, investigators, and forensic experts. Our attorneys utilize our team’s extensive investigative experience to perform the ground work that makes our cases strong.
Attorney’s fees for a Continuous Sexual Abuse charge typically range from $15,000 to $60,000 in Collin County, Texas. You can expect to pay higher attorney fees for more complex cases. Some Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse lawyers may charge much more. But exercise caution when encountering attorneys who offer unexpectedly low fees.
In addition, many lawyers charge extra fees for trial. If you hire an attorney from outside Collin County, sometimes travel fees may apply.
Even when falsely accused of Continuous Sexual Abuse, it’s crucial to treat the charge with the utmost seriousness. You might hope the state would dismiss the charges due to your innocence. But without skilled legal representation, the case may proceed to trial, where a jury will ultimately make the decision.
If the Collin County District Attorney has charged you with Continuous Sexual Abuse, or if you are under investigation for the offense by the police, then you should book an appointment or call us as soon as possible to speak with one of our Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorneys.
Texas judges have broad power to set bail and bond conditions. However, sometimes judges impose overly harsh bond conditions and astronomically high bail. To modify the conditions of bond or lower bail, you will need to file a motion in court and schedule a hearing. The judge will ultimately make the final decision. To get the best result, you should hire an attorney to help.
Practically speaking, if the police in Collin County have arrested you for Continuous Sexual Abuse, then the judge will typically impose a “no contact with the victim” bond condition. Frequently, judges will also impose a “no contact with minors” condition for these cases as well. Clients often hire us to try to get these conditions removed. If you want to remove a no contact condition, then please book a consultation with us, and we will discuss what we can do for you.
At your arraignment, a Collin County judge will hear your plea of not guilty. In Collin County, you may not have an attorney at your initial arraignment. However, the court will not hear a guilty plea prior to your being represented by counsel. In addition, the court may also set bail and bond conditions if you have not already received them.
If the police have arrested you for Continuous Sexual Abuse, then Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §17.40 requires Collin County judges to “impose any reasonable condition of bond related to the safety of a victim of the alleged offense or to the safety of the community” to secure your attendance at trial. If the state alleges that you violated those bond conditions, then the Collin County Sheriff’s Office can immediately return you to custody. Accordingly, judges have very broad power in determining bail conditions and bond amounts.
The Texas Penal code classifies Continuous Sexual Abuse as a first degree felony for any Texas conviction. You can get 5-99 years in prison or a life sentence. However,Continuous Sexual Abuse carries a special minimum punishment of 25 years.
You would also have to decide if you want to have the judge or the jury assess punishment. Furthermore, all good Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Continuous Sexual Abuse conviction.
With this in mind, you can learn about the penalties that apply to all Texas convictions and parole eligibility for Continuous Sexual Abuse here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online by pressing the red button.
Are you under investigation for Continuous Sexual Abuse? Should you cooperate with the police investigation?
We have assisted our clients through many difficult police interrogations. Although we do not typically recommend consenting to a police interrogation or interview, there are circumstances when we consider it. However, you should never do a police interview without your Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse lawyer present.
When police bring you in for an interview, they already believe that you committed the offense. Accordingly, this belief will inform their interpretation of your answers. Generally, when people believe something, they will only see things that confirm their belief. This is called confirmation bias, and this is what leads to police charging innocent people with crimes.
An arrest for Continuous Sexual Abuse can drastically change your life, even if a court dismisses your case. Do not hesitate to contact us immediately if you are under investigation.
In addition, remember that people do not usually communicate perfectly clearly under intense pressure. The extreme stress of a police interview can cause you to say something that police then misinterpret. And even the way you look during the interview significantly impacts the police decision to arrest you. For all of these reasons, we carefully consider the decision to interview because it will have a huge impact on the ultimate outcome your case.
In some cases, we have communicated directly with law enforcement authorities on behalf of our clients instead of consenting to a direct interrogation. As your Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.
If you want to hire us as your Collin County Continuous Sexual Abuse lawyers, then you should probably get to know us!
Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis are partners at Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC and lead the entire trial team at the firm.
Mr. Saputo has practiced throughout Texas in more than fifty Texas state and federal courts and developed groundbreaking innovations in defense strategies and tactics.
As a member of the prestigious Texas Bar College, he presently trains other lawyers in best practices and himself attends many hours of continuous legal education with some of the best lawyers, judges, and law professors in the country.
Mr. Saputo graduated from the elite Duke University School of Law, a nationally recognized top-ten law school. More about Paul Saputo…
Mr. Toufexis is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of the law school as Southern Methodist University. He has dedicated his entire legal career to criminal defense, and has been with the firm since law school. Recently named a partner, Nick has achieved exceptional results in and out of court for years. More about Nick…
Numerous organizations have awarded Mr. Saputo recognition for his outstanding criminal defense work, for example:
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating
- “10.0 – Top Attorney” rating on AVVO
- Recognized by Super Lawyers®
- Consistently recognized by D Magazine in “Best Lawyers” for Criminal Defense
- Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for 2024 under the Criminal Defense: White Collar practice area.
Paul Saputo was voted one of the Three Best Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers in Dallas
Nicholas Toufexis has likewise received many distinctions as well.
- Recognized by Super Lawyers®
- Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for 2024 under the Criminal Defense: DWI/DUI practice area.
The defense attorneys at Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense PLLC have obtained hundreds of victories in complex criminal litigation across Texas. Our victories include Not Guilty verdicts by jury acquittals, directed verdicts of Not Guilty, as well as both conditional and unconditional dismissals.
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