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If you’re looking for the best Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorney, then we want to represent you. For Zavala County Smuggling of Persons cases, our top-rated defense attorneys lead the firm in providing exemplary legal representation. 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. When you are facing a criminal prosecution, you have a lot to worry about. Accordingly, our Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorney representation does not stop at the Crystal City courthouse door.
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- How do I get a Smuggling of Persons charge dropped in Zavala County, Texas?
- How hard is it to beat a Smuggling of Persons charge in Texas?
- How much does it cost to fight Zavala County Smuggling of Persons case?
- What happens at Zavala County arraignment?
- How can you modify your Zavala County bond conditions after a Smuggling of Persons arrest?
- What is the most common sentence for a Smuggling of Persons charge in Zavala County?
- Other Must Know FAQs About These Cases
Choosing The Right Zavala County Smuggling of Persons 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. Fewer and fewer attorneys make a practice of trying Smuggling of Persons cases to a judge, and fewer still make a practice of trying Smuggling of Persons cases to a jury.
That’s not who we are at Saputo Toufexis | Criminal Defense. We are trial lawyers, first and foremost, and 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 Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorney? Book a consultation with attorneys Paul Saputo and Nicholas Toufexis today.
In order to get a Smuggling of Persons charge dropped in Texas, 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 §20.05. Alternatively, you could show that the offense did not occur in Zavala County. Our lawyers are experts in the Texas law regarding Smuggling of Persons, 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 Smuggling of Persons law in Texas. We also maintain our expertise by keeping up with the latest case law affecting Smuggling of Persons cases in Zavala County.
For now, the appellate courts have not issued any recent opinions on Smuggling of Persons cases in Zavala County that have caught our attention. However, note that we do not list cases involving other counties here, even though those cases can bind Zavala County courts. We continue to monitor the latest developments in Smuggling of Persons case law.
Law Enforcement Agencies in Zavala County that Make Smuggling of Persons Arrests
Peace officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, constable offices, and municipal police departments can make arrests for violations of Smuggling of Persons in Zavala County. Law enforcement agencies in Zavala County that most typically make DWI arrests include:
- Zavala County Sheriff’s Office
- Crystal City Police Department
- La Pryor Independent School District Police Department
- Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens
- Customs and Border Patrol
To beat a Smuggling of Persons charge in Zavala County, Texas, you must use due process to confront all witnesses and challenge all evidence, which includes disputing reasonable suspicion, probable cause, and all forensic evidence. Winning requires a fight.
Even if you believe you cannot beat the case, as your Zavala County Smuggling of Persons 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.
Getting the best result in Smuggling of Persons case requires being fully prepared for all hearings and court settings – not just trials. Accordingly, when you hire us as your Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorney, we prepare early and thoroughly. As soon as we get on a case, the Zavala 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.
Attorney’s fees will vary. However, you can expect to pay from $5,000 to $25,000 on average for Smuggling of Persons cases in Zavala County. Some Zavala County Smuggling of Persons lawyers may charge much more depending on the complexity of the Zavala 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.
Even if someone has falsely accused you of Smuggling of Persons, 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 Smuggling of Persons, 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 Zavala County Smuggling of Persons 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 Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorney to help. Please book a consultation with us, at which time we will discuss what we can do for you.
At your arraignment, Zavala County judge will hear your plea of not guilty. In Zavala 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 Smuggling of Persons, then Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §17.40 requires Zavala 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 Zavala 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 Smuggling of Persons convictions across the state. The Penal Code classifies the punishment for Smuggling of Persons as a first, second, or third degree felony, depending on the 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 Zavala 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 Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorneys will also advise you on the collateral consequences of a Smuggling of Persons 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 Smuggling of Persons here. Otherwise, to learn more about what kind of punishment is typical in Zavala County Smuggling of Persons cases, call us to schedule a consultation or book online by pressing the red button.
Are you under investigation for Smuggling of Persons? 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, there are circumstances when we consider it. However, you should never do a police interview without your Zavala County Smuggling of Persons 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 Smuggling of Persons 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 Zavala County Smuggling of Persons attorney, we can assist you in these difficult circumstances.
If you want to hire us as your Zavala County Smuggling of Persons 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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