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If you are facing criminal charges, it’s important to seek a skilled Fort Worth criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Felony and misdemeanor crimes can carry significant consequences – both direct and indirect. Direct consequences can include jail or prison time, as well as steep fines. Indirect consequences can include the loss of valuable rights, such as the right to drive, vote or bear arms. Employment loss is also a real possibility. Our seasoned attorneys will build a personalized defense to protect your future.

To fight back, you want the best in your corner. Get experienced legal representation today from the criminal defense team at Varghese Summersett. Collectively, we have more than a decade of criminal law experience and have tried 550 state and federal cases to juries.

We have built a reputation for relentless, unwavering criminal defense. We have defended hundreds of cases that resulted in dismissals, no-bills and acquittals. We have more than 250 5-star Google reviews and hundreds more universally.

Mary Tenorio
Investigative Assistant
Mary Tenorio
Investigative Assistant
Mary Tenorio is former police detective who has more than a decade of experience investigating criminal cases.
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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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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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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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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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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

BOARD CERTIFIED
BOARD CERTIFIED

Three of our attorneys are board certified in criminal law, the highest designation an attorney can reach.

Award Winning
Award Winning

Our attorneys have been recognized as top lawyers by numerous publications and organizations, including Super Lawyers, Fort Worth Magazine, 360 West, and D Magazine.

FORMER PROSECUTORS
FORMER PROSECUTORS

The best defense is knowing the offense. All of our senior attorneys are former state or federal prosecutors.

100+ Years Experience
100+ Years Experience

Collectively, we have more than 100 years of criminal law experience. We have handled tens of thousands of cases, ranging from theft to capital murder.

500+ Jury Trials
500+ Jury Trials

We have tried more than 550 cases before state and federal juries in Texas, a staggering number by any measure.

500+ Dismissals and No-Bills
500+ Dismissals and No-Bills

We’ve had hundreds of dismissals, no-bills, no-files and acquittals. Our results stem from hard work, dedication and experience.

Criminal Defense in Fort Worth
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 believe that people come to us with the greatest problems in their lives, and we strive to treat them with the respect, patience, and diligence that such cases deserve.
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Our team of Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys are former state and federal prosecutors who have become highly-regarded criminal defense attorneys. From the first phone call, you find we are different. Our dismissals, no-bills, and not guilty verdicts stem from our proactive and relentless approach to criminal defense. Find out why we have been chosen by professionals, athletes, police officers, and even elected officials as the best criminal defense attorneys to represent them.

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American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
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Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney

Your first instinct may be to Google “best criminal defense attorney” in your quest to find the best Fort Worth criminal lawyer for your case. It’s a good place to start, but you won’t be able to find the best attorney for your case until you talk to them.  We offer free over-the-phone and in-person consultations.

When you’re facing a criminal allegation, you’re facing the biggest problem in your life. We get that. We understand it is quite literally the entire weight of the government and all of their resources that is bearing down on you. It is in that place – between you and the government – where we are proudest to stand. We believe the best arguments – to a jury, judge, or prosecutors – are those that come from the heart. Our ability to make the most-effective arguments begins with understanding who you are and what your goals are.

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Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Texas

In Texas, there are two classifications of crimes – misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and carry harsher punishments, including higher fines and longer jail sentences. That’s why it’s imperative to seek an experienced Fort Worth defense attorney from the outset if you or a loved one is accused of a crime.

Felony Classifications

Texas felonies are categorized into five groups or “degrees” based on the severity of the offense — capital felony, first-degree, second-degree, third-degree and state jail.

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

Misdemeanor Classifications

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

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

If you are charged with a crime, it’s important to understand the range of punishment you are facing. Our seasoned criminal defense attorneys will discuss the direct and indirect consequences of being convicted of a crime. Call us 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 Fort Worth Criminal lawyers are experienced at defending every level of offense, from a Class C misdemeanor through Capital Murder. Schedule a consultation with us today.