Are You Looking for the Best Tarrant County, Texas, Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney?
If you’re looking for the best Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault cases. The Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense team only represents clients who want to hire the top attorneys in the field. Consistently high-level legal representation is the hallmark of our boutique criminal defense practice.
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. As your Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney, we can handle every aspect of your case, both inside and outside the courtroom in Fort Worth.
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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
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When Texas prosecutes you for the crime of Aggravated Sexual Assault, 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. As a result of pushing the defense envelope for years, we have developed some of the best specialized tools for investigating sex crimes accusations and defending our clients throughout Texas.
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- How do I get an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge dropped in Tarrant County, Texas?
- How do I win an Aggravated Sexual Assault case in Tarrant County, Texas?
- How much does it cost to fight a Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault case?
- What happens at a Tarrant County arraignment?
- How can you modify your Tarrant County bond conditions after an Aggravated Sexual Assault arrest?
- What is the most common sentence for an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge in Tarrant County?
- Other Must Know FAQs About These Cases
Choosing The Right Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual 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 Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.
In order to get an Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 §22.021. Alternatively, you could show that the offense did not occur in Tarrant County. 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 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault law in Texas. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Aggravated Sexual Assault cases in Tarrant County.
For now, the appellate courts have not issued any recent opinions on Aggravated Sexual Assault cases in Tarrant County that have caught our attention. However, note that we do not list cases involving other counties here, even though those cases can bind Tarrant County courts. We continue to monitor the latest developments in Aggravated Sexual Assault case law.
To beat an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge in Tarrant County, Texas, you must you must employ every procedural tool to obtain information and thoroughly investigate the case. Contest all evidence, including witness statements and forensic evidence. Remember, victory hinges on your determination to fight relentlessly.
Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Tarrant 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.
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 Tarrant 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.
Attorney’s fees will vary. However, you can expect to pay from $15,000 – $50,000 on average for Aggravated Sexual Assault cases in Tarrant County. Some Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault lawyers may charge much more depending on the complexity of the Tarrant 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.
If you have been accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault, you are facing a potential life sentence in prison. Do not think you will be safe from arrest, prosecution and conviction just because you are innocent. It can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, even if you are never convicted, just the arrest for Aggravated Sexual Assault can have a huge negative impact on your life.
You need to make sure that you hire an attorney who will conduct a thorough investigation, not be afraid to challenge the government and also have the capabilities and resources to examine and confront any forensic evidence.
Whether you have already been arrested for or currently stand accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault, your best course of action is to take immediate action to defend yourself. This is not the type of case that anyone will take lightly. As your Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney, we will need to conduct our own thorough and independent investigation. We do not consider it enough to rely on the facts as the police report them. We collect evidence from such sources as witnesses, laboratories, social media and other electronic sources. No stone should be left unturned.
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 Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 an attorney to help.
Practically speaking, if the police in Tarrant County have arrested you for Aggravated Sexual Assault, then the judge will typically impose a “no contact with the victim” bond condition. For Child Sexual Assault charges, judges will also impose a “no contact with minors” condition for these cases as well. Clients often hire us to try to get these conditions modified. If you want to modify a no contact condition, then please book a consultation with us, and we will discuss what we can do for you.
At your arraignment, a Tarrant County judge will hear your plea of not guilty. In Tarrant 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 Tarrant 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 Tarrant County 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault convictions across the state. 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, 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 Tarrant County 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 Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Aggravated Sexual Assault 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 Aggravated Sexual Assault here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online by pressing the red button.
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 Tarrant County, should I contact a lawyer?
You need to contact an attorney immediately if you are charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in Tarrant 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 Tarrant 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 Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.
If you want to hire us as your Tarrant County Aggravated Sexual Assault 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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