Are You Looking for the Best Tarrant County, Texas, Capital Murder Attorney?
If you’re looking for the best Tarrant County Capital Murder 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 Capital Murder cases. The Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense team only represents clients who want to hire the top attorneys in the field. We have dedicated our practice to criminal law, and we maintain an unwavering dedication to delivering expert representation.
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 Capital Murder attorney, we can handle every aspect of your case, both inside and outside the courtroom in Fort Worth.
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 Capital Murder in Tarrant County, 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 Tarrant County District Attorney. You are not guilty unless and until they prove their case in court.
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- How do I get a Capital Murder charge dropped in Tarrant County, Texas?
- How hard is it to beat a Capital Murder charge in Texas?
- How much does it cost to fight a Tarrant County Capital Murder case?
- What happens at a Tarrant County arraignment?
- How can you modify your Tarrant County bond conditions after a Capital Murder arrest?
- What is the most common sentence for a Capital Murder charge in Tarrant County?
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Choosing The Right Tarrant County Capital Murder 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 Capital Murder attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.
In order to get a Capital Murder 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 §19.03. Alternatively, you could show that the offense did not occur in Tarrant County. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Capital Murder, 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 Capital Murder law in Texas. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Capital Murder cases in Tarrant County.
The State of Texas v. Stevenson
For example, in one case, the Second Appellate District Court of Appeals reviewed the records from the 371st District Court Tarrant County. Subsequently, the court filed an opinion in a case styled The State of Texas v. Stevenson in Cause No. 02-21-00142-CR.
The appellate court reported the background of the case as follows:
Holmes complains that the trial court erred in admitting the audio content of a 911 telephone call because it was irrelevant, it constituted improper character-conformity evidence, its prejudicial effect substantially outweighed its probative value, and the State failed to provide adequate notice of its intent to use the evidence.
Admitting the audio of the 911 call was necessary to the jury’s understanding of the offense, Holmes’s state of mind, and his motive in committing the crime. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding that the assault forming the basis of the alleged retaliation was contextual to the charged offense— and therefore not subject to the notice requirements of Rule 404(b)(2).
Every Tarrant County Capital Murder attorney should be familiar with this case and other appellate opinions coming out of Tarrant County that review Capital Murder cases. You can learn more about this case and read the court’s opinion here.
To beat a Capital Murder charge in Tarrant County, Texas, you must you must first secure the services of a skilled and experienced attorney who can build a strong defense strategy tailored to the specific details of your case. It is crucial to thoroughly investigate the evidence, challenge any weaknesses or inconsistencies, and present a compelling case in court.
Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Tarrant County Capital Murder 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.
In order to form a winning Capital Murder case defense strategy, we must thoroughly investigate the case. This includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and examining the prosecution’s evidence for weaknesses or inconsistencies. Accordingly, the preparation often starts even before the case begins. As soon as the police initiate an investigation or make an arrest, we can start our own investigation. If you want to win your case, then you should work to obtain exculpatory evidence. The state has police and investigators of their own working for them to gather evidence to support their case. As your Tarrant County Capital Murder attorney, we can’t afford to let their evidence stand uncontroverted.
Our clients take advantage of our law firm’s comprehensive investigative resources. Our dedicated team comprising paralegals, investigators, and forensic experts, collaborates with our attorneys to lay the groundwork that fortifies our cases with their extensive investigative expertise.
Attorney’s fees for a Capital Murder charge typically range from $50,000 to $150,000 in Tarrant County, Texas. You can expect to pay higher attorney fees for more complex cases. Some Tarrant County Capital Murder lawyers may charge much more. But exercise caution when encountering attorneys who offer unexpectedly low fees.
In addition, many lawyers charge extra fees for trial. If you hire an attorney from outside Tarrant County, sometimes travel fees may apply.
Even when falsely accused of Capital Murder, it’s crucial to treat the charge with the utmost seriousness. You might hope the state would dismiss the charges due to your innocence. But without skilled legal representation, the case may proceed to trial, where a jury will ultimately make the decision.
If the Tarrant County District Attorney has charged you with Capital Murder, or if you are under investigation for the offense by the police, then you should book an appointment or call us as soon as possible to speak with one of our Tarrant County Capital Murder 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 Tarrant County Capital Murder 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 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 Capital Murder, 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 Capital Murder convictions across the state. In Texas, people convicted of Capital Murder are eligibile for the death penalty, life imprisonment and life without parole. Which specific penalty you receive, or the possibility of getting a reduction in the charge, depends on a number of circumstances – including how strong we can make your case.
In Capital Murder cases, sometimes the entire case becomes about the sentence imposed. When mitigation is key, you need persuasive attorneys.
We have assisted our clients through many difficult police interrogations. Although we do not typically recommend consenting to a police interrogation or interview, there are circumstances when we consider it. However, you should never do a police interview without your Tarrant County Capital Murder 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 Capital Murder 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 Capital Murder attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.
If you want to hire us as your Tarrant County Capital Murder 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.
One example review from a real client:
While on duty I was forced to defend myself with lethal force. I contacted Mr. Paul Saputo the next day and he was very friendly and reassuring when I explained the events that took place. He said he would have his investigators out that day to go over the crime scene and he explained to me what to expect next and case scenarios. I felt after speaking with him I was in good hands with a capable attorney and confident I would be represented well. He was always available when I needed to speak with him and always friendly and professional. I was cleared in this shooting and having Mr.Saputo there made this whole ordeal manageable.
– Real client review posted on Mr. Saputo’s Avvo.com profile.
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