Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney

Ector County, TX

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Are You Looking for the Best Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney?

If you’re looking for the best Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney, then Paul Saputo and Nick Toufexis 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 attorneys thrive on serving individuals who are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes. Our clients recognize the value of our legal expertise and want to hire the top attorneys in the field.

We’re not just Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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. As your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney, we can handle every aspect of your case, both inside and outside the courtroom in Odessa.

Our experienced team works tirelessly to build a strong defense and protect our clients in the face of serious child abuse charges like Aggravated Sexual Assault. We can provide you with an effective defense strategy for your Ector County Injury to a Child case. When you’re facing an Aggravated Sexual Assault case, 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.

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Choosing The Right Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault Lawyer Can Make A Huge Difference In Your Case Result

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How do I get an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge dropped in Ector County, Texas?

In order to get an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge dropped in Ector County, 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 §22.021. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Aggravated Sexual Assault, and we leverage our legal knowledge to mount successful defenses to government prosecutions.

Thoroughly understanding both the Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault statute in detail on the Aggravated Sexual Assault offense page. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Aggravated Sexual Assault cases in Ector County.

One such case is Starling v. State.

Starling v. State

In Starling v. State, decided on December 14, 2023, by the Texas Eleventh District Court at Eastland, Deonta Starling was convicted in Ector County of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The conviction followed Starling’s guilty plea, and subsequent violation of his community supervision terms, leading to the revocation of his deferred adjudication and the imposition of a life sentence. Starling appealed the life sentence, arguing that it was grossly disproportionate to his crime and the conditions of his community supervision, thus violating the Eighth Amendment.

The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision, finding that Starling failed to preserve his Eighth Amendment claim for appellate review by not raising it timely at trial or in a motion for a new trial. The court discussed the severity of the punishment in relation to the offense, considering the grievous nature of the crime involving sexual abuse of a child and Starling’s subsequent non-compliance with community supervision. The court concluded that the sentence was not grossly disproportionate, especially given the seriousness of the offense and the public interest in penalizing such acts to deter future offenses.

This case underscores the importance of timely objections to preserve appellate issues, particularly those involving constitutional claims. The decision also highlights the courts’ discretion in determining appropriateness of sentencing within statutory limits, reflecting the balance between the defendant’s rights and the state’s duty to protect its citizens, especially vulnerable children, from sexual offenses.

Law Enforcement Agencies in Ector County that Make Aggravated Sexual Assault Arrests

Peace officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, constable offices, and municipal police departments can make arrests for violations of Aggravated Sexual Assault in Ector County. Law enforcement agencies in Ector County that most typically make Aggravated Sexual Assault arrests include:

How do I win an Aggravated Sexual Assault case in Ector County?

To beat an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge in Ector County, Texas, you must first secure the services of a skilled and experienced Aggravated Sexual Assaultdefense attorney who can build a strong defense strategy tailored to the details of your case. It is crucial to independently investigate the evidence, challenge any weaknesses or inconsistencies, and present a compelling case in court. You must contest all evidence, including digitial forensics, traditional scientific evidence, and expert conclusions.

Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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.

Texas Aggravated Sexual Assault cases are frequently handled by special prosecutors within a district attorney’s office. You will likely be facing some of the very best prosecuting attorneys and investigators. That is not to say you cannot win, but the importance of building the very best defense that you are able to build, even if you are completely innocent (in fact, especially if you are completely innocent!) is, extremely important.

Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney Case Defense Strategy

The best defense strategy in Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault case also requires being prepared for all hearings and court settings – not just trials. When you hire us as your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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.

How much does a lawyer charge for an Aggravated Sexual Assault case in Ector County, Texas?

Attorney’s fees will vary. However, you can expect to pay from $25,000 – $60,000 on average for Aggravated Sexual Assault cases in Ector County. Some Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault lawyers may charge much more depending on the complexity of the Ector County 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.

What to Do if Falsely Accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault in Ector County

Even if someone has falsely accused you of Aggravated Sexual Assault, 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault, 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 Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorneys.

How can you modify your Ector County bond conditions after an Aggravated Sexual Assault arrest?

Start by consulting with your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney. Work closely with your attorney to build a compelling case for the requested modifications.

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 an Ector County arraignment?

At your arraignment, an Ector County judge will hear your plea of not guilty. In Ector 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault, then Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §17.40 requires Ector 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 Ector County 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 Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault charge in Ector County?

The Texas Penal Code defines the penalty range for Aggravated Sexual Assault offenses across Texas. The Texas Penal Code classifies Aggravated Sexual Assault as a first degree felony with a mandatory minimum punishment of 25 years under some circumstances. However, it is important to consider the potential collateral consequences of a Aggravated Sexual Assault conviction. These collateral consequences are additional penalties not directly outlined in the penal code’s penalty scheme, but nonetheless accompany the conviction. Your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney should discuss these consequences with you before you decide how to handle your case.

The exact penalty one might face from a Aggravated Sexual Assault conviction varies greatly, influenced by factors such as you prior criminal record and the offense specifics. You can find details on the penalty range for all Aggravated Sexual Assault here. For specifics on typical penalties in Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book a consultation online.

What will the police do if it is reported?

If someone reports an allegation of Aggravated Sexual Assault, the police will open an investigation and collect evidence. The police will refer the complaining witness to a sexual assault nurse examiner to attempt to collect physical biological evidence from the complaining witness’s body. This can include evidence of tearing or biological residue, including semen.

Sometimes the police will collect other physical evidence if the incident occurred recently enough for it to be useful. For instance, if the activity allegedly occurred in a bed, the police might collect bedsheets to inspect for bodily fluids. Police usually take photos of the scene where the incident took place.

Often, eventually the police will reach out to the accused person and ask for a statement. Many of our clients learn about the accusation at this point in the process. By that point, the police have usually already collected or attempted to collect a lot of evidence. They will be confident that they know what happened. Sometimes the police might think the case doesn’t merit further investigation and just want to hear you deny it. And other times they have already decided to arrest you regardless of what you say in an interview.

How are Child Sexual Assault investigations handled differently than cases involving adult victims?

The police handle cases involving adult victims much differently than cases involving child victims. Often, police do not investigate Child Aggravated Sexual Assault cases as much because the typical Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child case does not have much physical evidence. In Child Aggravated Sexual Assault cases, the police usually refer the child to a facility that will conduct a recorded interview. The police will then generally interview the parents or caregivers. Or, if the accused person is the parent or caregiver, the police will interview another adult who might have information.

If it’s a Aggravated Sexual Assault case involving an adult victim, the police will interview the complaining witness and any other witnesses. The police will also try to obtain any surveillance footage that might have captured the incident. If the case involved the alleged use of alcohol or other drugs, the police might take a blood sample from the complaining witness. And if the accused person had a pre-existing relationship with the accuser, the police will investigate the relationship. This might incldue obtaining phone records between the two people or witnesses that could speak to the nature of their relationship.

If I was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in Ector County, should I contact a lawyer?

You need to contact an attorney immediately if you are charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in Ector County. Important pieces of evidence sometimes vanish if you do not take affirmative legal steps. This evidence might make the difference between spending the rest of your life in prison as an innocent person convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault and being a falsely accused person who had a unfortunate brush with the law.

Are you under investigation for Aggravated Sexual Assault? 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, we do consider it in some circumstances. However, you should never do a police interview without your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.

About Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense

If you want to hire us as your Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Ector County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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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