Grayson County Assault Attorney

Grayson County, TX

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Are You Looking for the Best Grayson County Assault Attorney?

If you’re looking for the best Grayson County Assault attorney, then Paul Saputo and Nick Toufexis want to represent you. Our distinguished senior defense lawyers, Paul Saputo and Nick Toufexis, expertly bring the firm’s full resources to bear in Grayson County Assault cases.

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 Grayson County Assault 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.

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 Grayson County Assault attorney, we can handle every aspect of your case, both inside and outside the courtroom in Sherman.

Our experienced team is here to defend your rights and provide the guidance you need. Don’t navigate the criminal justice system alone. Call us today to take the first step toward your peace of mind and a strong Grayson County Assault defense.


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Choosing The Right Grayson County Assault 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.

Do you need a Grayson County Assault attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.

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How do I get an Assault charge dropped in Grayson County, Texas?

In order to get an Assault charge dropped in Grayson 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 §22.01. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Assault, and we leverage our legal knowledge to mount successful defenses to government prosecutions.

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

Isaac v. State

In Isaac v. State, delivered on November 9, 2011, by the Court of Appeals of Texas Fifth District Dallas, Nathan Nakeal Isaac was convicted in the 59th Judicial District Court of Grayson County for one count of Assault Involving Family Violence with a prior conviction for an assault against a family member and one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, specifically a knife, under Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 22.01(a)(1), (b)(2)(A), 22.02(a)(2) (2011). Isaac appealed, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his convictions. He contested the trial court’s determination that bodily injury occurred from the assault and argued that the knives used did not constitute deadly weapons as defined by law.

The appellate court affirmed Isaac’s convictions, finding legally sufficient evidence presented at trial. Witnesses testified that Isaac, during an altercation with his stepfather Lindsey Knox, threw a telephone at Knox’s head, causing a visible injury, and later emerged wielding two knives, which witnesses described as capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. Despite Isaac’s contention that the physical harm was minor and that he was immediately stopped before he could use the knives, the court determined a rational jury could find bodily injury resulted from the assault and that the knives were used in a manner that could cause serious harm.

This case highlights the broad interpretation of “bodily injury” and “deadly weapon” within the context of family violence and aggravated assault convictions. The court’s reliance on witness testimonies and evidence, including the physical injury and the nature of the knives, underscored the sufficiency of the evidence to support the jury’s findings. Isaac’s appeal was overruled, and the trial court’s judgment was affirmed, reinforcing the legal standards applied to assault and aggravated assault charges.

How can an Assault charge be enhanced?

Texas law provides numerous ways for the Assault charge to be enhanced. These include the deadly weapon enhancement, many enhancements related to the status of the victim (for instance if the victim was a peace officer or family member), and the new human smuggling enhancement. Learn more about the enhancements applicable to Assault.

Law Enforcement Agencies in Grayson County that Make Assault Arrests

Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, local police departments, county sheriffs, and other peace officers can make arrests for violations of Assault throughout Texas. Law enforcement agencies in Grayson County that can make Assault arrests include:

  • Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is one of the primary agencies responsible for Assault enforcement in Grayson County, Texas.
  • Denison Police Department serves as one of the municipal police departments within Grayson County and plays a significant role in Assault enforcement.
  • Sherman Police Department is another key agency in Grayson County responsible for law enforcement and Assault enforcement within its jurisdiction.
  • Van Alstyne Police Department serves the community of Van Alstyne within Grayson County and may handle Assault cases within its jurisdiction.
  • Whitesboro Police Department is responsible for law enforcement within Whitesboro and may contribute to Assault enforcement within its jurisdiction.

How do I win an Assault case in Grayson County?

To beat an Assault charge in Grayson County, Texas, 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 Grayson County 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.

Grayson County Assault Attorney Case Defense Strategy

Sometimes Assault charges arise in cases of mistaken identity. A common scenario that we see here would be a bar fight in which a victim is injured, and the victim knows they were assaulted, but they identify the wrong person. In defending our clients against Assault charges, we conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the facts of the case and regularly subpoena records and interview witnesses.

However, there are many ways to defend people accused of Assault charges, and you should consider all of them with your Grayson County Assault attorney. In addition to the possibility of a false accusation, in a Assault case, you may also be able to plead an affirmative defense or justification like self-defense or mutual consent.

Chapter 9 of the Texas Penal Code lists certain justifications that apply specifically to Assault cases, but they also apply to any criminal offense involving the use of force.

Self-Defense

Many of our clients were arrested and charged with assault when they were only trying to defend themselves. In those cases, the legal justification of self-defense would apply to an assault charge in the state of Texas. This defense needs to be specifically asserted, however, and the best defense will include investigation into the circumstances, the background of the alleged victim, surveillance footage, witness interviews and more investigative fact-collection. Learn more about the Self-Defense justification here.

Defending Other People: Defense of Third Persons

Texas law also provides a defense to prosecution that the conduct is justified under the Defense of Third Persons doctrine. Learn more about Defense of Third Persons here.

Protection of Life or Health

The Penal Code provides a defense for situations in which you are attempting to protect a person from harming themselves, for the use of force to protect your property or someone else’s property, and for consent situations (like mutual combat). Learn more about these other defenses here.

Whatever your best defense strategy, the preparation for your defense 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 it cost to fight a Grayson County, Texas, Assault case?

You can expect to pay from $2,500 to $10,000 for Assault in Grayson County. Fees on these cases vary so widely because the punishment range varies so much. Most attorneys will charge less for misdemeanor-level Assault cases, while felony-level cases command a higher fee.

When consulting with a lawyer, make sure to ask if they apply any hourly fees. Additionally, most lawyers bill extra fees for trial, travel, and expenses.

What to Do if Falsely Accused of Assault in Grayson County

Even if someone has falsely accused you of 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 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 Grayson County Assault attorneys.

How can you modify your Grayson County bond conditions after an Assault arrest?

Start by consulting with your Grayson County 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 a Grayson County arraignment?

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

The Penal code defines the range of punishment for Assault convictions. The Penal Code classifies the punishment for Assault as a Class A misdemeanor, second degree felony, or third degree felony, depending on the circumstances.

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 Assault here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Grayson County Assault cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online.

Furthermore, all good Grayson County Assault attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Assault conviction. Collateral consequences are penalties derived from convictions that are not necessarily part of the penal code punishment. For Assault offeneses, collateral consequences can include things professional license suspensions, immigration conseequences, and consequences in civil court proceedings like divorces and civil suits.

What are the defenses to assault like the law of self-defense?

The law provides several defenses to people charged with Assault as well, such as “self-defense” or “consent.” Learn more about the defenses to Assault.

Are you under investigation for Assault? 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 Grayson County Assault lawyer present.

An arrest for 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 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 Grayson County 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 Grayson County Assault attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.

About Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense

If you want to hire us as your Grayson County 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…

Awards

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.

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Victories

The Grayson County 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.

Reviews

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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