Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide Attorney

Dallas, Texas

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If you’re looking for the best Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorney, then Paul Saputo and Nick Toufexis want to represent you. Our distinguished lawyers have significant experience, but our history of success speaks for itself.

Our boutique criminal defense practice at Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense is distinguished by our unwavering commitment to delivering consistently high-level legal representation. We believe in providing extraordinary service to our clients, and we seek to represent clients who expect as much.

We’re not just Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide lawyers. We are warriors fighting unjust and corrupt government prosecutions with a history of success and a reputation for tenacity, courage and legal ingenuity.

In addition to our notable high-profile victories, our history of success also includes inconspicuous 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 hire us as your Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorney, we fight to win. From the courtrooms of Dallas to the battleground of social media, we fight to clear your name and your record.

If the police have already arrested you for Criminally Negligent Homicide in Dallas, the most important thing for you to do is to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to defend you against the onslaught of prosecution by the Dallas District Attorney. You are not guilty unless and until they prove their case in court.

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Choosing The Right Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide Lawyer Can Make A Huge Difference In Your Case Result

Why would you hire a former prosecutor? Surprisingly, some people believe that former prosecutors provide some special advantage. However, many of these attorneys seem to quickly push clients to a plea deal. If you really want someone who will fight for you or your loved one, get an attorney who has dedicated their life to protecting the accused.

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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How do I get a Criminally Negligent Homicide charge dropped in Dallas, Texas?

In order to get a Criminally Negligent Homicide charge dropped in Dallas, 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 §19.05. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Criminally Negligent Homicide, and we leverage our legal knowledge to mount successful defenses to government prosecutions.

Thoroughly understanding both the Criminally Negligent Homicide statute and related case law contributes to effectively defending you in court. As part of our practice, we publish and regularly update a statutory resource guide covering all Texas Penal Code crimes. We analyze the Criminally Negligent Homicide statute in detail on the Criminally Negligent Homicide offense page. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Criminally Negligent Homicide cases in Dallas.

What are some of the appellate cases that address Criminally Negligent Homicide in Texas?

In Tello v. State, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals examined a case where the defendant was towing some dirt in a homemade trailer when the trailer unhitched from his truck. The trailer became unhitched and hit a pedestrian, causing the pedestrian’s death. The defendant had not used any safety chains. The state alleged at trial that the safety chains would have prevented the trailer from detaching from the truck. In addition, the trailer was not properly attached to the vehicle. The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction, holding that such conduct was a “gross deviation” from the standard of ordinary care and caused a “substantial and unjustifiable risk of death.”

In Chambless v. State, the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas examined a case where the defendant had fired his rifle several times from his porch in the dark. Apparently, he had the intent to scare away a loose dog, but it turns out that he had accidentally shot and killed his neighbor. Because he used a deadly weapon, the state sought an enhancement to a third degree felony. The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction.

Law Enforcement Agencies in Dallas that Make Criminally Negligent Homicide Arrests

Peace officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, constable offices, and municipal police departments can make arrests for violations of Criminally Negligent Homicide in Dallas. Law enforcement agencies in Dallas that most typically make Criminally Negligent Homicide arrests include:

  • The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department handles Criminally Negligent Homicide cases throughout Dallas County.
  • Dallas Police Department serves as the primary municipal police department within Dallas County and plays a significant role in Criminally Negligent Homicide enforcement.
  • Irving Police Department also contributes to investigating Criminally Negligent Homicide cases within its jurisdiction in Dallas County.
  • Mesquite Police Department serves the community of Mesquite within Dallas County and may handle Criminally Negligent Homicide cases within its jurisdiction.
  • Grand Prairie Police Department is responsible for law enforcement within Grand Prairie and contributes to investigating Criminally Negligent Homicide cases within its jurisdiction.

How do Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide defense lawyers beat a Criminally Negligent Homicide case?

To beat a Criminally Negligent Homicide charge in Dallas, 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 Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide 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.

Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide Attorney Case Defense Strategy

Getting the best result in a Criminally Negligent Homicide case requires being fully prepared for all hearings and court settings – not just trials. Accordingly, when you hire us as your Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorney, we prepare early and thoroughly. As soon as we get on a case, the Dallas District Attorney’s Office knows that we are getting ready for trial. They know 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.

How much does a lawyer charge for a Criminally Negligent Homicide case in Dallas, Texas?

Attorney’s fees for a Criminally Negligent Homicide charge typically range from $20,000 to $80,000 in Dallas, Texas. You can expect to pay higher attorney fees for more complex cases. Some Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide 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 Dallas, sometimes travel fees may apply.

What to Do if Falsely Accused of Criminally Negligent Homicide in Dallas

Even if someone has falsely accused you of Criminally Negligent Homicide, you should nevertheless still always take this charge very seriously. You may think that the state may “drop charges” against you because you are innocent. But absent effective advocacy by a lawyer, the state will often take the case to trial and let the jury decide.

If the state has charged you with Criminally Negligent Homicide, or if you are under investigation for the offense, then you should book an appointment or call us as soon as possible to speak with one of our Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorneys.

How can you modify your Dallas bond conditions after a Criminally Negligent Homicide arrest?

In Texas, judges wield considerable authority in establishing bail and bond conditions. However, there are instances where judges may impose excessively stringent conditions and unreasonably high bail amounts. If you want to change these bond conditions, start by consulting with your Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorney.

Your attorney will file either a motion or a writ of habeas corpus requesting a modification of your bond conditions. The motion or writ outlines the specific changes you are seeking and the reasons for the requested modification.

The judge will ultimately decide whether to approve the requested modifications. They will consider factors such as the nature of the charges, your criminal history, the risk to public safety, and other relevant circumstances. Keep in mind that the judge will base the decision on a careful evaluation of the facts and circumstances of your case.

What happens at a Dallas arraignment?

At your arraignment, a Dallas judge will hear your plea of not guilty. In Dallas, 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 Criminally Negligent Homicide, then Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §17.40 requires Dallas 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 Dallas Sheriff’s Office can immediately return you to custody. Accordingly, judges have very broad power in determining bail conditions and bond amounts.

What is the most common sentence for Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide charge in Dallas?

The Texas Penal code outlines the range of punishment for all Criminally Negligent Homicide convictions across the state. The Penal Code classifies the punishment for Criminally Negligent Homicide as a state jail felony.

However, the actual punishment you receive will vary significantly based on a number of circumstances, including your prior criminal history and the circumstances of the offense. With this in mind, you can learn about the penalties that apply to all Texas convictions for Criminally Negligent Homicide here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online.

Furthermore, all good Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Criminally Negligent Homicide conviction. Collateral consequences are penalties derived from convictions that are not necessarily part of the penal code punishment.

What’s the difference between Criminally Negligent Homicide and Murder in Texas?

In Texas, the distinction between Murder and Criminally Negligent Homicide hinges on the degree of intent and responsibility associated with causing another person’s death. Murder involves the intentional or knowing act of causing another person’s death. Conversely, Criminally Negligent Homicide occurs when someone’s criminal negligence leads to another’s death. This indicates that in Murder cases, the perpetrator specifically intends to kill the victim, whereas in Criminally Negligent Homicide, the defendant lacks the intent to kill but their negligent behavior or actions result in the victim’s death.

What’s the difference between Criminally Negligent Homicide and Manslaughter in Texas?

Manslaughter involves the unintentional killing of another person, whereas Criminally Negligent Homicide stems from an act of criminal negligence that leads to someone’s death. In Manslaughter cases, the perpetrator lacks a deliberate intent to kill, but their actions or negligence still result in the victim’s death. On the other hand, in Criminally Negligent Homicide, the perpetrator’s actions or negligence might not be reckless or intentional, but they demonstrate a failure to uphold the care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances, ultimately causing the victim’s death.

What Types of Homicide Charges are there in Texas?


Under §19.02 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can charged with Murder if they (1) deliberately cause another’s death, (2) intended to inflict serious bodily injury and subsequently cause another’s death, or (3) caused the death of someone while attempting or committing another felony. Additionally, there are new ways to be charged with Murder in Texas, for instance, under the new Fentanyl Murder Law. Murder charges are treated as a first-degree felony and carry a penalty of 5 to 99 years in prison, or a life sentence, unless it is proven that the murder occurred in a moment of sudden passion.

Capital Murder

Capital Murder represents the most serious category of homicide offenses. Charges of Capital Murder arise when an individual causes someone’s death while incarcerated, if the victim is under ten years old, during the murder of multiple individuals, or when the victim is a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or court employee. Additionally, the state can levy Capital Murder charges if a person causes a death while committing a kidnapping, robbery, burglary, sexual assault, arson, or terrorist act. As a capital felony, this offense can potentially lead to the death penalty for the defendant.


If an individual recklessly causes someone’s death, they may face prosecution for Manslaughter. This could be classified as voluntary Manslaughter or Intoxication Manslaughter. All of these charges are felonies and can result in substantial prison sentences.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

Criminally Negligent Homicide is a charge applied when someone’s actions, which they should have known were dangerous, result in another person’s death. Both Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide involve intricate legal principles and invariably require the expertise of experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Are you under investigation for Criminally Negligent Homicide? Should you cooperate with the police investigation?

We have assisted our clients through many difficult police interrogations. Although we do not always recommend consenting to an interrogation, occasionally we recognize circumstances where consenting to an interrogation may serve your best interest. However, you should never do a police interview without your Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide lawyer present.

An arrest for Criminally Negligent Homicide 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 some cases we have communicated directly with law enforcement authorities on behalf of our clients instead of consenting to a direct interrogation. In general, we recommend avoiding police interrogations because of the extreme level of stress that you will likely experience. Even if you are innocent, the Dallas police and the community will likely judge the way you act and what you say negatively. We must carefully consider this because this negative perception will almost certainly impact your final case disposition. As your Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.

About Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense

If you want to hire us as your Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide lawyers, then you should probably get to know us!

The Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense Lawyers

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. After graduating from the elite Duke University School of Law, a nationally recognized top-ten law school, Mr. Saputo started his career at Vinson & Elkins. More about Paul Saputo…

Mr. Toufexis is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law. 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
  • 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

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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 Dallas Criminally Negligent Homicide 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.

For descriptions and some details about example victories, visit our page on Notable Victories.


One example review from a real client:

My life hung in the balance with some very serious accusations. I contacted a different attorney that referred Nick Toufexis. He indicated he would use him in his own defense or that of his families. I hired him and I am now a free man. I highly recommend him if you need confident and capable representation! 5 stars for sure.

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Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense serves clients in the following Dallas County, Texas cities: Dallas, Garland, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Grand Prairie, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Balch Springs, Duncanville, University Park, Highland Park, Cockrell Hill, Hutchins, Wilmer, Seagoville, and Addison.

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