Grayson County Criminal Mischief Attorney

Grayson County, TX

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Are You Looking for the Best Grayson County Criminal Mischief Attorney?

If you’re looking for the best Grayson County Criminal Mischief 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 Criminal Mischief cases.

All of the Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense attorneys have dedicated their careers to defending clients in criminal courts. We maintain an unwavering dedication to delivering expert representation, and we represent clients who expect this highest level of legal representation.

We’re not just Grayson County Criminal Mischief 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. Our comprehensive approach to handling Grayson County Criminal Mischief cases includes both advocacy in the courtrooms of Sherman and tackling the collateral consequences of criminal prosecutions.

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 Criminal Mischief defense.

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When you are ready to fight your case with us, schedule online or call us at 888-239-9305 to book a free, confidential consultation.

Choosing The Right Grayson County Criminal Mischief 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 Criminal Mischief attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.

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How do I get a Criminal Mischief charge dropped in Grayson County, Texas?

In order to get a Criminal Mischief 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 §28.03. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Criminal Mischief, and we leverage our legal knowledge to mount successful defenses to government prosecutions.

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

One such case is Krupa v. State.

Krupa v. State

In Krupa v. State, decided on March 30, 1988, by the Court of Appeals of Texas Fifth District Dallas, George Krupa appealed his conviction from the 59th District Court of Grayson County for Criminal Mischief under Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 28.03 (Supp. 1987). The case stemmed from an incident where Krupa, after arguing with his wife, threatened and subsequently set fire to their trailer home when she sought assistance from the sheriff’s office. Krupa contended on appeal that the trial court erred in not submitting a jury instruction regarding homestead law and argued that the evidence was insufficient to show that his wife had a greater possessory interest in the property.

The appellate court affirmed the conviction, determining that Krupa’s actions of setting fire to the trailer forfeited any possessory interest he might have had, thereby rendering his wife’s possessory rights superior. The court also concluded that Krupa was not entitled to a jury instruction on homestead law because he denied the existence of the ownership element critical to the offense of criminal mischief. The decision underscored the interpretation that committing an act threatening the destruction of property effectively nullifies any homestead protection the perpetrator might claim.

This case highlights the intricacies of property rights within the context of criminal law, particularly how actions against jointly owned property are adjudicated. By affirming the conviction, the court clarified the legal principles surrounding possessory interests and the limitations of homestead laws as defenses against charges of criminal mischief. The ruling reinforces the notion that criminal actions can lead to the forfeiture of property rights, ensuring that individuals cannot shield themselves from criminal liability through the invocation of property laws.

Law Enforcement Agencies in Grayson County that Make Criminal Mischief Arrests

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

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

How do Grayson County Criminal Mischief defense lawyers beat a Criminal Mischief case?

To beat a Criminal Mischief 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 Criminal Mischief 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 Criminal Mischief Attorney Case Defense Strategy

Getting the best result in a Criminal Mischief case requires being fully prepared for all hearings and court settings – not just trials. Accordingly, when you hire us as your Grayson County Criminal Mischief attorney, we prepare early and thoroughly. As soon as we get on a case, the Grayson County 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 it cost to fight a Grayson County, Texas, Criminal Mischief case?

Attorney’s fees will vary. However, you can expect to pay from $2,500 to $15,000 on average for Criminal Mischief cases in Grayson County. Some Grayson County Criminal Mischief lawyers may charge much more depending on the complexity of the Grayson 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 Criminal Mischief in Grayson County

Even if someone has falsely accused you of Criminal Mischief, 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 Criminal Mischief, 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 Criminal Mischief attorneys.

How can you modify your Grayson County bond conditions after a Criminal Mischief 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 Grayson County Criminal Mischief 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 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 Criminal Mischief, 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 Criminal Mischief charge in Grayson County?

The Texas Penal code outlines the range of punishment for all Criminal Mischief convictions across the state. The punishment for Criminal Mischief ranges from a Class C misdemeanor to a first degree felony, depending on the value of the property damaged.

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

Furthermore, all good Grayson County Criminal Mischief attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Criminal Mischief conviction. Collateral consequences are penalties derived from convictions that are not necessarily part of the penal code punishment.

About Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense

If you want to hire us as your Grayson County Criminal Mischief 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

More Awards & Recognition…

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 Grayson County Criminal Mischief 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:

All I have to say is thank you . Nick Toufexis thank you. They have only done great things for me. Amazing law firm. Thank you.

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