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Criminal Defense Lawyers

We’re experts in criminal law in Dallas and throughout Texas. Board certification is the only way to establish expertise in a particular practice area. According to records kept by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, no criminal defense firm in Dallas has more Board Certified criminal lawyers than us. Anna Summersett, Benson Varghese, Letty Martinez, and Tanya Dohoney are all Board Certified Criminal Specialists.

When your life is flashing before your eyes after an arrest in Dallas County – or you are reeling from an allegation – you need us by your side. The allegation or arrest is just the tip of the iceberg and you need an aggressive defense to stand up to the power of prosecutors. The stakes could not be higher than in criminal cases, which carry significant direct and indirect consequences that can drastically alter your life.

We’ve been down this road before. We know what it takes to be successful. We have a track record for reaching just that – success. Give us a call to find out how we can help.

We have a reputation for relentless, unwavering criminal defense. The 400+ 5-Star Google Reviews are not happenstance. We’ve defended hundreds of cases that were ultimately dismissed, no-billed, or won at trial.

Christy Jack
Partner
Christy Jack
Partner
Christy Jack is a nationally-recognized attorney who has tried more than 200 criminal cases before a jury.
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Anna Summersett
Partner
Anna Summersett
Partner
Anna Summersett is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney and an experienced trial lawyer.
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Steve Baker
Associate
Steve Baker
Associate
Steve Baker is a trial and appellate attorney who has a reputation for success in criminal cases throughout North Texas. He focuses most of his time on cases in Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant counties.
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Benson Varghese
Managing Partner
Benson Varghese
Managing Partner
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC.
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Letty Martinez
Partner
Letty Martinez
Partner
Leticia “Letty” Martinez is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist who has extensive experience handling state and federal criminal cases.
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Robert Huseman
Partner
Robert Huseman
Partner
Robert Huseman is a former homicide detective and prosecutor with more than 30 years of experience in Texas' criminal justice system.
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Alex Thornton
Associate
Alex Thornton
Associate
Alex Thornton is an Associate at Varghese Summersett PLLC. Her primary focus is on state criminal defense matters.
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Mitch Monthie
Associate
Mitch Monthie
Associate
Mitch Monthie is an associate attorney at Varghese Summersett, where he vigorously defends clients accused of criminal offenses.
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Bresha Shepherd
Office Manager
Bresha Shepherd
Office Manager
Bresha Shepherd is the Office Manager at Varghese Summersett, where she is responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently at one of the largest criminal defense firms in Tarrant County.
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Melody McDonald Lanier
Media Relations Director
Melody McDonald Lanier
Media Relations Director
Melody McDonald Lanier is the Media Relations Director at Varghese Summersett PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, Melody was a well-known journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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Top Reasons to Hire Our Criminal Defense Lawyers

Track Record
Track Record

We have a track record for success in Dallas County. We’ve been to trial with phenomenal outcomes. We’ve resolved cases pre-trial through dismissals and no-bills. There’s no level of case we haven’t handled.

Award-Winning Team
Award-Winning Team

We’ve been in the news and recognized by every major legal publication including Super Lawyers, Avvo, and D Magazine.

Respected Former Prosecutors
Respected Former Prosecutors

All the partners at the firm are former prosecutors. In addition to knowing the other side’s playbook (and sometimes writing it), we have a reputation at the courthouse that’s second to none.

Over 400 5-Star Reviews
Over 400 5-Star Reviews

Google “Varghese Summersett” and you will find over 400 5-star reviews left by our clients. You’ll find perfect scores on Avvo and other lawyer listing websites.

550+ Jury Trials
550+ Jury Trials

Collectively, we’ve gone to trial over 550 times and have over 100 years of criminal experience that we put to work for you.

Free Consultations
Free Consultations

We offer free consultations so you know from Day 1 how we approach cases and what to expect from us. We get to know each of our clients personally and advocate their cases from a place of deep understanding and trust.

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When the entire weight of the prosecution and all the resources at their disposal come bearing down on you, the only thing standing between you and them is us. We will aggressively defend your rights, freedom, and reputation. We realize people come to us with the greatest problems in their lives, and we are honored to help. We have a reputation for bringing our A game to criminal cases - and winning again and again. Our attorneys include Board Certified Criminal Specialists who have handled thousands of criminal cases from driving while intoxicated to capital murder cases where the death penalty was sought and white collar cases alleging millions of dollars of losses. Our reputation for winning cases is in both state and federal courts throughout north Texas. Our primary office has hundreds of five-star Google reviews.
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Our team is made up of former state and federal prosecutors who have become highly-regarded Dallas criminal defense attorneys. We have the experience and skill to aggressively defend you against any criminal charge, from DWI to first-degree murder. Our dismissals, no-bills, and acquittals stem our exhaustive preparation and investigation of each case, as well as our understanding of the laws and court system in Texas. Find out why we have been chosen by professionals, athletes, police officers, elected officials and other high-profile clients as their first choice in criminal defense attorneys.

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Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney

In your search to find the best Dallas criminal lawyer, your first instinct may be to Google “best Dallas criminal defense attorney.” It’s an obvious and good place to start, but you won’t be able to find the right attorney for your case until you actually talk to them. That’s why we offer free phone and in-person consultations.

When you’ve been accused of a criminal offense, you’re facing the biggest problem in your life. It’s one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. You are probably feeling scared, alone, and overwhelmed. You may not know where to turn for help. That’s where we come in.

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Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Dallas

In Texas, there are two categories of offenses – misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and carry stricter punishments, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.

What are misdemeanor penalty ranges in Texas?

Misdemeanors fall into three classifications: Class C, Class B, and Class A. They are punishable by:

  • Class C — a maximum $500 fine.
  • Class B — up to 180 days in county jail and a maximum $2,000 fine.
  • Class A — up to one year in county jail and a maximum $4,000 fine.

What are felony penalty ranges in Texas?

Felonies are categorized into five levels or “degrees” — state jail, third-degree, second-degree, first-degree and capital felony.

  • A state jail felony is punishable by 6 months to 2 years in a state jail facility and a maximum $10,000 fine.
  • A third-degree felony is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
  • A second-degree felony is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison a maximum $10,000 fine.
  • A first-degree felony is punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
  • Capital murder is the most serious offense in Texas, punishable by life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

If you are accused of a crime, it’s important to understand the full range of punishment you are facing. Our experienced Dallas criminal defense attorneys will discuss the consequences of being convicted of an offense. Call today for a free consultation.

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A criminal conviction could change your life forever, robbing you of your freedom, voting privileges, various types of employment, and other fundamental rights. Our Dallas criminal lawyers are experienced at defending every level of offense, from a Class C misdemeanor to murder. Schedule a free consultation with us today.

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Varghese Summersett PLLC (Dallas)
Varghese Summersett PLLC (Dallas)