Hunt & Tuegel, PLLC Attorneys at Law

Waco Attorneys Representing Accused Citizens throughout Central Texas. Over 35 Years of State and Federal Criminal Defense Experience.

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Firm Overview

When facing the unknown consequences of a criminal charge, it is important to work with someone who can competently provide the aggressive representation you need. Russ Hunt Sr. has practiced criminal law in the Central Texas area for more than 35 years. He is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also one of very few Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated criminal defense attorneys in Central Texas. Hunt initially served as an assistant criminal district attorney felony prosecutor, but has, for more than 30 years, defended clients, and is capital murder first-chair qualified.

Hunt's partner Michelle Simpson Tuegel is an extremely bright, energetic, hard-working criminal defense attorney. Working together since early 2011, Hunt and Tuegel have worked as a trial team on capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and kidnapping cases. Tuegel joined the firm in May 2012. The two regularly handle both misdemeanors and felonies. Criminal trial lawyers Russ Hunt Sr. and Michelle Simpson Tuegel represent the citizen accused.

We Represent the Citizen Accused

Unlike some firms that dabble in numerous areas of law, we focus solely in the practice of criminal law. As a capital murder first chair qualified criminal defense lawyer, Hunt has defended clients in everything from DWI to capital murder. In addition, we defend individuals against the following charges:

Arson
Assault; Assault Family Violence; Aggravated Assault
Conspiracy
Domestic violence
Drug offenses
DWI/DUI
Gun violations
Homicide; Murder; Capital Murder
Sex offenses
Theft
White collar crimes
Child Pornography

Prior to opening his own law firm, Hunt was an Assistant District Attorney. He worked on the other side, prosecuting people for a range of misdemeanor and felony offenses ranging from DWI to Capital Murder. Thus, He has a thorough understanding of the law, and because he worked as a prosecutor, he knows how the State prepares and prosecutes its cases.

Russ Hunt is Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hunt is Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by both the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (20 years) and the National Board of Trial Advocacy titles that come from experience, peer recommendations, and an extensive amount of continuing legal education. In addition, he is one of a small handful of attorneys qualified to represent people facing Capital Murder charges.

To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact us online or call 254-753-3738. We have evening and weekend hours available by appointment, and we will visit clients who are detained in jail.
Main Office

Main
ALICO Building 425 Austin Avenue
Suite 1202
Waco  TX  76701

Phone
  • (254) 753-3738
Fax
  • (254) 753-8118

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation and that will generally take less than one hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We charge two basic fees. One fee is for no charges, a dismissal or charges, or to negotiate a plea bargain. The second fee is if a trial is necessary. Our lowest fee is currently $3,500. We always give some discount if the client mentions Nolo.

Hourly Rates

$250 per hour minimum

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Ms. Pat Ritter

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I started practicing criminal law as a State prosecutor and developed a keen interest in criminal law. It is interesting and challenging and involves the most important of life's issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that two heads are generally better than one. I attempt to fully explain all of the legal issues involved in the case. I want my clients to feel that they are fully informed so that they have the necessary legal information to make intelligent decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I do not want to review legal documents that are prepared by a client. If a document is necessary, I will prepare it myself.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I think that an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client. It's almost always a mistake for a client to represent himself. The client might be extremely smart; that doesn't mean that they will be on an equal footing with an experienced adversary.

Russell D. Hunt, Sr.

• McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, Texas, Assistant District Attorney, 1977-1981.
• Fulbright, Winniford, Bice & Marable, Waco, Texas, Associate, 1981-1985.

I have worked all my adult life. In high school, I worked as a dish washer in a hospital. When I attended college as an undergraduate, I worked as a railway switchman. After college graduation, I spent six years as an Air Force Officer. I believe I know people and can identify with almost everyone. That translates into a great advantage when working with both clients and juries.

I am bright, hardworking, and extremely organized. My style is to appear laidback and folksy. I would prefer to avoid battles that I cannot win and instead find a creative way to win. I think I am a really good example of a Sophist. I can convincingly argue for a position with which I totally disagree.

Personal interests:

Reading, travel, computers, shooting pistols, art and exercise.


Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990
Criminal Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1992

Bar Admissions

Texas
Minnesota
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Classes/Seminars

Seminar Presenter, Federal Bar Association
Guest Lecturer, Baylor Law School

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory "AV" rated
Honored Endowment Fund Scholar, College of the State Bar of Texas
Board Certified in Criminal Law by both Texas Board of Legal Specialization and National Board of Trial Advocacy
Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Texas Access to Justice Commission, Gold Member
Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

Federal Bar Association, Former Treasurer, National Delegate, Waco Chapter, 1995 - Present
Waco McLennan County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Texas, Member
College of the State Bar of Texas, Member and Former Board Member
Texas Association of Board Certified Specialists in Criminal Law, Member
Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Member
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member

License
  • Bar Number: 10289200
    Texas , 1977
Education
  • Baylor University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1977
    Waco, TX
    Law
  • University of Southern California
    Master of Science in Education , 1969
    Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Minnesota
    Bachelor of Arts , 1964
    Minneapolis, MN

Michelle Simpson Tuegel

Michelle Simpson is a bright, hardworking young attorney practicing criminal defense in Waco, Texas. Before her legal career, Michelle was a world class athlete ranked among the top women in the world in the sport of water skiing. Michelle's intense drive to be the best has carried over into her legal career. In her first two years of practice Michelle and Russ have together tried high profile capital murder cases, aggravated sexual assault cases, kidnapping, and federal felony drug cases. Prior to that, Michelle tried an aggravated robbery, and handled other serious felony cases.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel grew up in Bridgeport, Texas, a small town northwest of Fort Worth. She attended Rollins College in Florida, earning a degree in English. Michelle's intense determination and competitive drive led her to a World Cup Championship in 2005 in women's slalom water skiing. By the time Michelle decided to trade in her water skis to attend Baylor Law School in 2007, she was ranked 3 rd in the world in Women's Slalom and 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom.

Michelle graduated from Baylor Law School in July 2010. She met her husband Andrew Tuegel at Baylor Law School. Andrew practices with a plaintiff's firm in Waco-Harrison, Davis, Steakley & Morrison. Shortly after graduation, Michelle started practicing criminal defense in Waco, Texas.

Michelle joined Russ Hunt, Sr.'s law practice in May 2012 and became his partner January 2013, forming Hunt & Tuegel, PLLC.

Another interesting fact, Michelle is not only the daughter and wife of two trial lawyers, but her middle sister is also a civil defense attorney in Dallas. Additionally, her youngest sister is attending University of Texas Law School. Michelle is the only one in the family practicing criminal defense. When asked why she chose this area she always gives two reasons, "First, I love to be in the courtroom fighting for my clients and criminal defense gives me that opportunity on a regular basis - I get to be a real trial lawyer, which has always been my dream. Second, I get to really help people."

Those statements really summarize the type of lawyer and person that Michelle is - someone who works tirelessly for her clients, shines in the courtroom and truly strives to help people.

Amnesty International, United Kingdom, Fall 2004

Intern, Parliamentary Branch
Attended meetings at Parliament involving human trafficking, Sudan crisis, and capital punishment
Communicated with members of Parliament on human rights issues
Researched human rights issues on Parliamentary database

Professional Slalom Water Skier

Ranked 3rd in the World in Women's Slalom-2007
Ranked 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom-2007
Water Ski World Cup Women's Slalom Champion-2005
Water Ski World Championships, Bronze Medal-2003
Ireland World Cup Stop - 4th in 2006, 2nd in 2005
Russia World Cup Stop - 4th in 2006 & 2005
Chile, World Championships, 21 and Under, Silver Medal
United States Olympic Committee Training Stipend Recipient

Mastercraft Boats-2002-2008 Sponsored Athlete
Shaklee Products-2006-2008 Sponsored Athlete

Wrote articles for Water Ski Magazine and British Water Ski Magazine
Negotiated contracts
Coached amateur athletes

Areas of Practice

100% Criminal Defense
Arson
Assault
Assault Family Violence
Aggravated Assault
Conspiracy
Domestic Violence
Drug Offenses
DWI/DUI
Gun Violations
Homicide
Murder
Capital Murder
Sex Offenses
Child Pornography
Theft
White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2010
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

Waco McLennan County Bar Association
American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
College of the State Bar of Texas
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member

Past Employment Positions

Law Office of Rod Goble, Associate, 2010 - 2012
McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, TX, Legal Intern, Fall, 2009
Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Dallas, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009
Kelly, Hart & Hallman, Fort Worth, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009

Fraternities/Sororities

Kappa Kappa Gamma
Education
  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    J.D. , 2010
    Honors: Candidate for Juris Doctorate, Summer 2010
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
    B.A. , 2006
    Major, English
    Magna Cum Laude

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