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Are You Looking for the Best Dallas Drug Attorney?

If you’re looking for the best Dallas drug attorney, then we want to represent you. Our award-winning drug lawyers, Paul Saputo and Nick Toufexis, fight drug crimes with tenacity. At Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense, we are looking for clients who want to hire the top attorneys in the drug crimes defense field.

Our history of success includes representation of numerous high-profile clients and notable high-profile victories. We have also disposed of many other cases quietly and out of the sight of the public. No matter the case or the client, we emphatically fight to keep our clients out of Texas jail and out of prison. If you are looking for an authoritative Dallas drug attorney, call us or book a consultation today.

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 you have been charged with a drug crime in Texas, you need a drug crime defense lawyer who can fight the government with determination. Attorney Paul Saputo is a highly experienced Dallas drug lawyer and leads the trial team in fighting cases. Mr. Saputo’s work has been widely recognized, and he has been the trusted lawyer for many high-profile clients.

Attorney Paul Saputo has handled many extremely complex drug cases. These cases include possession, manufacture, delivery and trafficking of marijuana and controlled substances under Texas and federal laws.

We do not trust the government to play fair.

Why would you hire a former prosecutor? Surprisingly, some people believe that former prosecutors provide some special advantage. But many of these attorneys seem to quickly push clients to a plea deal. Fewer and fewer attorneys make a practice of trying drug cases to a judge, and fewer still make a practice of trying drug cases to a jury.

Mr. Saputo has never worked for the government. In fact, he has always had a passion for fighting the government on drug cases. Mr. Saputo has never prosecuted anyone for a drug crime. Ask other criminal defense lawyers if they can say the same thing. Our clients on the most serious drug cases trust us because none of our lawyers have ever been a prosecutor.

Because drug crimes can result in serious felony convictions, we have developed aggressive strategies to protect our clients from drug crime convictions. When you hire Mr. Saputo as your Dallas drug crime attorney, you benefit from the firm’s in-depth strategic research and development in drug crime defense.

Man, I can’t say enough about this guy! Honestly, he’s the true definition of what a lawyer should aspire to be. He did more than what a normal lawyer would do for anyone, and I can say that proudly because he got me out of jail, with an amazing deal. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done, and if you need a true lawyer that will actually fight for you, don’t think twice before getting Paul Saputo, the best criminal defense lawyer out there!

– Real client review posted on Mr. Saputo’s Avvo.com profile.

As a client, you will also benefit from the resources of the entire firm. We have a team of dedicated professionals, including paralegals and external investigation staff. We have an in-depth and highly educated understanding of search and seizure law. And we leverage our legal knowledge with our extensive investigatory experience and resources.

Have you been charged with a Drug Offense? Book a consultation to discuss legal representation with criminal defense attorney Paul Saputo today.

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What you should know about Drug Crime Laws in Texas

Texas Drug Crimes range from the misdemeanor to felony level. The greater the amount of drug in involved, the higher the offense. While Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance can be classified as misdemeanors at the lowest levels, they can also be prosecuted as felonies when the quantity increases.

Drug crimes also include possession of prescription drugs, manufacturing, distribution, delivery and prescription drug fraud. We group these together as “drug crimes” because they share many similar characteristics and defense considerations. Texas Health and Safety Code Section 481.002 describes many of the Texas state law with regard to drug crimes, including manufacturing, selling or purchasing illegal drugs.

What drugs are illegal in Texas?

Drug offenses include both illegal and legal prescription (and even over-the-counter) drugs. Illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine or meth are common, but increasingly common are prosecution for illegal possession of legal prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet), Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, or Tylox), Alprazolam (Xanax, Xanor, Alprax, and Niravam), Diazepam (Valium) and stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta. Forgery of a prescription is also an increasingly common offense to be prosecuted in Texas.

Texas classifies illegal drugs in different categories. This classification process takes into account the drug’s addictiveness and the relative medical use of the drug. The most serious classification of drugs include heroin, meth, hydrocodone and cocaine. Less serious classifications include drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy and PCP. Learn more about the classifications of illegal drugs in Texas

Did you consent to a search by the police? Do you have to consent to a search if you are stopped?

Drug possession charges frequently arise out of a probable cause stop–we see this most commonly in the form of a traffic stop. It looks like this: you’re driving down the road, and you are pulled over. Afterwards, the officer says you violated some traffic law, and he calls the drug sniffing dogs out. Or perhaps the police just ask you whether you have any illegal drugs in your car. Then the officer asks if you would consent to a search. You do not have to agree to a search just because an officer asks you, but the officer doesn’t explain that.

The officer cannot force you to consent to a search. You can say “no” to a request to search. And you have the right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions after identifying yourself.

How to defend against a Drug Crime charge

There are many, many different ways for a drug defense lawyer to beat a drug case. Here are two examples:

Possession: How can the State Prove You Possessed the Drugs?

One situation is where police found drugs, but the drugs did not belong to the person who was arrested. How do the police know who the drugs belonged to? Where did they find the drugs? What were the circumstances? If the drugs were found in a car, how many other people used that car? There are many, many factors to consider in establishing “possession” under the law. We closely examine elements like ownership, control, intent and knowledge. How can the state prove you possessed the drugs?

Illegal Searches: Did the Police Violate Your Constitutional Rights When They Found the Drugs?

If the police violated your constitutional rights when they searched you and found drugs, then we attack the case by getting the drugs themselves thrown out. The police need to be held accountable for their actions. They must conduct their investigations properly and without violating people’s rights. It is their obligation to conduct themselves professionally. When they violate your rights, we will hold them accountable.

Do you need a Dallas drug lawyer to fight a charge for Drug Possession, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery, Manufacture or other Drug Crime?

Unfortunately, police frequently arrest people who are guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place or being with the wrong crowd. Drugs are easy to hide, and you might be right next to a stash of illegal drugs without even knowing it. And to make matters worse, the law does not make it easy to explain when someone “possesses” drugs. How close do the drugs have to be to you to possess them? What if you don’t know the drugs are there? What if the drugs belong to someone else? All of these are considerations that we take into account in preparing and defending your drug crimes case. You need to schedule an appointment with us to go over your case in detail. Once we have reviewed the facts of your you case, we can guide you through the process of beating a drug charge.

While simple possession of marijuana or possession of a controlled substance might be serious in and of itself (especially if you have been convicted before), more serious drug offenses include manufacturing or distribution of drugs. Law enforcement prioritizes these prosecutions for more in-depth investigation and use of resources.

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Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense serves clients in the following Dallas County, Texas cities: Dallas, Garland, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Grand Prairie, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Balch Springs, Duncanville, University Park, Highland Park, Cockrell Hill, Hutchins, Wilmer, Seagoville, and Addison.

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