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:
Assault; Assault Family Violence; Aggravated Assault
Homicide; Murder; Capital Murder
White collar crimes
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
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