Waco Attorneys Representing Accused Citizens throughout Central Texas. Over 39 Years of State and Federal Criminal Defense Experience.
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 39 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. He 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. Michelle Simpson Tuegel is an extremely bright, energetic, hard-working criminal defense attorney. Working together since early 2011, Hunt and Tuegel are Partners and 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.
ALICO Building 425 Austin Avenue
Waco TX 76701
We offer a free initial consultation and that will generally take less than one hour.
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.
$250 per hour minimum
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ms. Pat Ritter
We are criminal defense trial lawyers. We do not take every case to trial, but are always ready to go to trial. If we must go to trial, we intend to win.
We are a team, and handle all of our cases together. That combination gives our clients the benefit of the seasoned male who has seen it before with the energetic female who wants to do whatever is necessary to win for her clients. The differing perspectives of each of us melds into a solid defense, based on a through examination and knowledge of both law and facts. We have handled scores of cases of tremendous diversity, and have tried the most serious of criminal cases. Each of our clients can count on us taking their case with the care one would expect of someone totally committed to them.
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.
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.
I do not want to review legal documents that are prepared by a client. If a document is necessary, I will prepare it myself.
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.
• 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.
Bar Number: 10289200
Baylor University Law School
Juris Doctorate, 1977
University of Southern California
Master of Science in Education, 1969
University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, 1964
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
Coached amateur athletes
Areas of Practice
100% Criminal Defense
Assault Family Violence
White Collar Crimes
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
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D. , 2010
Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
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