Are You Looking for the Best Denton, Texas, Manslaughter Attorney?
If you’re looking for the best Denton Manslaughter attorney, then we want to represent you. Our award-winning attorneys bring significant experience to the table, and we have the victories to prove our effectiveness. The Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense team only represents clients who want to hire the top attorneys in the field. We seek to represent discerning clients who value our expertise and commitment to achieving outstanding results.
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 Denton Manslaughter attorney representation does not stop at the Denton 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.
If the police have already arrested you for Manslaughter in Denton, 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 Denton District Attorney. You are not guilty unless and until they prove their case in court.
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- How do I get a Manslaughter charge dropped in Denton, Texas?
- How do I win a Manslaughter case in Denton, Texas?
- How much does a lawyer charge for a Manslaughter case in Denton, Texas?
- What happens at a Denton arraignment?
- How can you modify your Denton bond conditions after a Manslaughter arrest?
- What is the most common sentence for a Manslaughter charge in Denton?
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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 Denton Manslaughter attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.
In order to get a Manslaughter charge dropped in Texas, you must convince the state that they cannot prove at least one of the elements of the offense in Penal Code §19.04. Alternatively, you could show that the offense did not occur in Denton. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Manslaughter, 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 Manslaughter law in Texas. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Manslaughter cases in Denton.
For now, the appellate courts have not issued any recent opinions on Manslaughter cases in Denton that have caught our attention. However, note that we do not list cases involving other counties here, even though those cases can bind Denton courts. We continue to monitor the latest developments in Manslaughter case law.
Law Enforcement Agencies in Denton that Make Manslaughter Arrests
Peace officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, constable offices, and municipal police departments can make arrests for violations of Manslaughter in Denton. Law enforcement agencies in Denton that most typically make Manslaughter arrests include:
- Denton County Sheriff’s Office – The sheriff’s office is responsible for law enforcement in unincorporated areas of Denton County for Manslaughter enforcement and operates the Denton County Jail.
- Denton Police Department – Serving the city of Denton, the police department provides Manslaughter enforcement within the city limits.
- Lewisville Police Department – Serving the city of Lewisville, this municipal police department is responsible for law enforcement, including Manslaughter enforcement, within the city limits.
- Flower Mound Police Department – This municipal police department serves the town of Flower Mound by providing law enforcement within the town.
- Highland Village Police Department – Serving the city of Highland Village, this municipal police department is responsible for law enforcement within the city limits.
- The Colony Police Department – The Colony’s police department enforces Manslaughter laws within the city limits.
- Argyle Police Department – Serving the town of Argyle, this municipal police department enforces the Manslaughter law within the town.
- Lake Dallas Police Department – This municipal police department provides law enforcement services to the city of Lake Dallas within the city limits.
- Little Elm Police Department – This municipal police department serves the town of Little Elm for law enforcement related to Manslaughter offenses within the town.
- Roanoke Police Department – The Roanoke Police Department provides enforcement of Manslaughter laws within the city limits.
To beat a Manslaughter charge in Denton, Texas, you must use due process to confront all witnesses and challenge all evidence, which includes disputing reasonable suspicion, probable cause, and all forensic evidence. Winning requires a fight.
Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Denton Manslaughter 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.
Getting the best result in a Manslaughter case requires being fully prepared for all hearings and court settings – not just trials. Accordingly, when you hire us as your Denton Manslaughter attorney, we prepare early and thoroughly. As soon as we get on a case, the Denton 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.
Attorney’s fees will vary. However, you can expect to pay from $25,000 to $80,000 on average for Manslaughter cases in Denton. Some Denton Manslaughter lawyers may charge much more depending on the complexity of the Denton 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 if someone has falsely accused you of Manslaughter, 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 Manslaughter, 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 Denton Manslaughter 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 Denton Manslaughter 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 Denton judge will hear your plea of not guilty. In Denton, 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 Manslaughter, then Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §17.40 requires Denton 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 Denton 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 Manslaughter convictions across the state. The Penal Code classifies the punishment for Manslaughter as either a first degree felony or a second degree felony, depending on the circumstances. 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 Denton community all play a role.
If you are convicted, then you will also have to decide if you want to have the judge or the jury assess punishment. Judges and juries may deliver vastly different sentences. Furthermore, all good Denton Manslaughter attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Manslaughter 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 Manslaughter here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Denton Manslaughter cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online by pressing the red button.
Are you under investigation for Manslaughter? 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 Denton Manslaughter lawyer present.
An arrest for Manslaughter 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 Denton 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 Denton Manslaughter attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.
If you want to hire us as your Denton Manslaughter 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.
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