Are You Looking for the Best Dallas, Texas, Murder Attorney?
If you’re looking for the best Dallas Murder attorney, then we want to represent you. Award-winning attorneys Paul Saputo and Nick Toufexis expertly bring the firm’s full resources to bear in Dallas Murder cases. The Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense team only represents clients who want to hire the top attorneys in the field. We have dedicated our practice to criminal law, and we maintain an unwavering dedication to delivering expert 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. Our comprehensive approach to handling Dallas Murder cases includes both advocacy in the courtrooms of Dallas and tackling the collateral consequences of criminal prosecutions.
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.
If the police have already arrested you for Murder 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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- How do I get a Murder charge dropped in Dallas, Texas?
- How do I win a Murder case in Dallas, Texas?
- How much does a lawyer charge for a Murder case in Dallas, Texas?
- What happens at a Dallas arraignment?
- How can you modify your Dallas bond conditions after a Murder arrest?
- What is the most common sentence for a Murder charge in Dallas?
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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.
Do you need a Dallas Murder attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.
In order to get a Murder 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 §19.02. Alternatively, you could show that the offense did not occur in Dallas. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Murder, 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 Murder law in Texas. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Murder cases in Dallas.
The State of Texas v. Edgar Cortez Cardenas
For example, in one Dallas Murder case, the Fifth District Court of Appeals reviewed the records from the 282nd Judicial District Court Dallas County. Subsequently, the appellate court filed an opinion on May 24, 2023, in the case styled The State of Texas v. Edgar Cortez Cardenas in Cause No. 05-22-00087-CR.
The appellate court reported the background of the case as follows:
After the jury found appellant guilty, the State offered further evidence about the Grafton Road shooting during the punishment phase. Bullets were lodged in homes and vehicles in the neighborhood, although no one was hurt. Appellant testified during the punishment phase, explaining that although he had driven the Tahoe, he did not shoot Salmon. He testified that all of the shooting was done by Reyes and Heyby. Appellant’s mother testified, as did the mother of one of appellant’s children and appellant’s stepbrother. These witnesses testified that appellant was a good father and a hard worker. The jury sentenced appellant to 30 years’ imprisonment and declined to assess a fine. This appeal followed.
The court found that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that the evidence was relevant to issues other than character conformity or was admissible to show appellant’s acts in preparation for the murder
Every Dallas Murder attorney should be familiar with this case and other appellate opinions coming out of Dallas that review Murder cases. You can learn more about this case and read the court’s opinion by Justice Breedlove here.
To beat a Murder charge in Dallas, Texas, you must you must utilize due process to confront all witnesses and challenge all evidence. This means disputing reasonable suspicion, probable cause, and all forensic evidence. You can’t win if you don’t fight.
Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Dallas Murder 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.
In order to form a winning Murder case defense strategy, we must thoroughly investigate the case. This includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and examining the prosecution’s evidence for weaknesses or inconsistencies. Accordingly, the preparation often starts even before the case begins. As soon as the police initiate an investigation or make an arrest, we can start our own investigation. If you want to win your case, then you should work to obtain exculpatory evidence. The state has police and investigators of their own working for them to gather evidence to support their case. As your Dallas Murder attorney, we can’t afford to let their evidence stand uncontroverted.
Our clients take advantage of our law firm’s comprehensive investigative resources. Our dedicated team comprising paralegals, investigators, and forensic experts, collaborates with our attorneys to lay the groundwork that fortifies our cases with their extensive investigative expertise.
Attorney’s fees will vary. However, you can expect to pay from $25,000 to $100,000 on average for Murder cases in Dallas. Some Dallas Murder lawyers may charge much more depending on the complexity of the Dallas case. But be wary of lawyers who charge surprisingly low fees.
When consulting with a lawyer, remember to ask whether any any hourly fees apply. Additionally, most lawyers charge extra fees for trial, travel and expenses.
Even when falsely accused of Murder, 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 Dallas District Attorney has charged you with Murder, 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 Dallas Murder 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 a Dallas Murder attorney to help. Please book a consultation with us, at which time we will discuss what we can do for you.
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 Murder, 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.
The Texas Penal code outlines the range of punishment for Murder convictions across the state. The Penal Code classifies the punishment for Murder as a first degree felony, unless the death was caused under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause. In those cases, Murder is a second degree felony offense. However, the actual punishment you might receive will vary significantly based on a number of circumstances. For instance, your prior criminal history, the circumstances of the offense, and the norms of the Dallas community all play a role.
If you are convicted, then you will also have to decide whether you want to have the judge or the jury assess punishment. Judges and juries may deliver vastly different sentences. Furthermore, all good Dallas Murder attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Murder conviction. Collateral consequences are penalties derived from convictions that are not necessarily part of the penal code punishment.
With this in mind, you can learn about the penalties that apply to all Texas convictions for Murder here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Dallas Murder cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online by pressing the red button.
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 Dallas Murder 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 Murder 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 Dallas Murder attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.
If you want to hire us as your Dallas Murder 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.
For descriptions and some details about example victories, visit our page on Notable Victories.
One example review from a real client:
While on duty I was forced to defend myself with lethal force. I contacted Mr. Paul Saputo 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 would 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 there made this whole ordeal manageable.
– Real client review posted on Mr. Saputo’s Avvo.com profile.
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