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San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights for Your Rights

Determined Texas criminal law attorney provides experienced representation

Criminal proceedings require a swift response. Whether you’ve been arrested or are the subject of an investigation, you should immediately retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer. In San Antonio, Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. is a former prosecutor with nearly 30 years of experience representing clients throughout Central Texas charged with a range of offenses. The outcome of your case depends greatly on the quality of legal representation you receive from the very earliest stages. Let me help you get started on an aggressive defense right now.

Proven advocate aggressively pursues positive results

As your defense attorney, I am fully dedicated to obtaining the optimal outcome no matter how serious the charges. When you retain my services, you can expect:

  • Skilled representation — I am board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, confirming that I have substantial, relevant experience in criminal law and have passed a rigorous exam. I am also AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®  in recognition of my professionalism and legal ethics by colleagues and judges in my field.
  • Knowledgeable counsel — When I offer advice on the soundness of a plea offer, the strength of the prosecution’s case, or the reliability of witnesses, you can have confidence in my experience, judgment and concern for your future.
  • One-on-one attention — My clients work directly with me, not paralegals or associates. The attorney you retain is the same one you confer with, who is with you through every step of the process.

Your choice of a criminal defense attorney is the most important decision you can make at this stage. Take advantage of a free consultation and learn what my firm has to offer.

Areas of Practice

Skilled defense counselor asserts clients’ rights on a range of criminal charges

I draw on decades of experience representing Texans in criminal defense cases in both state and federal courts. Skilled at handling both felonies and misdemeanors, I provide vigorous advocacy for clients charged with:

  • White collar crimes — These offenses involve wrongful diversion of money and other property by nonviolent means, such as fraud, embezzlement, forgery and identity theft. White collar crimes also include cybercrimes like using the internet to steal credit card or other financial information. I provided trusted counsel to clients facing these allegations.
  • Drug crimes — Texas has some of the nation’s toughest laws against possession of controlled substances, even marijuana. Penalties are even harsher for more serious drug crimes like manufacture, distribution and sale. My firm will seek reduced charges or drug treatment alternatives whenever possible in these cases. I will conduct a thorough review of your case file to see if the either to search or the seizure of the contraband can challenged and the evidence against thrown out.
  • Drunk driving — Texas imposes strict criminal penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI), an offense that includes mental or physical impairment due to drug use. Those convicted also face license suspension and mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices. I may be able to challenge law enforcement procedures and breathalyzer and/or blood lab results in your defense.
  • Sex crimes — Offenses are classified as sex crimes when they involve sexual contact with another person who does not consent or who is not capable of consenting. Also included in this category are certain non-contact crimes like production or distribution of child pornography. My firm offers sensitive representation that seeks to reduce the impact on your reputation.
  • Domestic violence — An assault or threat is a domestic violence crime if committed against a family or household member or someone the offender has dated. These crimes carry fines and jail terms and may require paying restitution. I will work to mount a targeted defense to any domestic violence allegation.

No matter what type of charge you face, from murder to simple assault, armed robbery to petty theft, I am fully adept at devising a defense strategy geared to achieving the best results under the facts of your case. Even if a guilty plea or conviction is the outcome, I can help you seek an expungement or sealing of the record. I also handle defense of probation violations.


Contact a board-certified criminal defense attorney in San Antonio

If you have been arrested on criminal charges in Central Texas, you deserve proven defense representation dedicated to upholding your rights. Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. is a board-certified specialist in criminal law ready to fight for your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call my San Antonio office at (210) 227-1500 or contact me online today.

  • "Mr Shaeffer was up front from the beginning, and I respected that. He told me they have a solid case against me. He is a very out of the box thinker, and very organized. He told me the sad reality of" - Nicoli

  • "I found Mr. Shaeffer to be very responsive, effective, and strategic. There was never any doubt in my mind that he had my best interest at the forefront of his efforts in handling my case." - Ron

  • "When you have been wrongfully accused of having an affair with a student, you must acquire legal counsel before you even speak to the police, even if you are the person who reports the rumors. Tylden Schaeffer advised me to not have a second interview with the police department and found time in his schedule to meet with me that day. After the meeting, I had a path to move forward on and that included a well written statement that Mr. Schaeffer crafted. After submitting this in lieu of a second interview with the police, there were no more problems with the school district or police department. Mr. Schaeffer did a superb job and had me resting more easily following our meetings. I would highly recommend Mr. Schaeffer to anyone in need of a Criminal Defense Attorney." - Anonymous

  • "Tylden has been nothing but excellent while representing me. He’s been very upfront, honest, and cooperative with not only myself, but with my family as well. I don’t just feel like a number, he treats you like if you’re his only client. I’d definitely recommend him to anybody I know if they are in need of legal help. 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend Tylden Shaeffer!" - Joel

  • "Mr Shaeffer was up front from the beginning, and I respected that. He told me they have a solid case against me. He is a very out of the box thinker, and very organized. He told me the sad reality of what could potentially be the outcome of my case, and it was dim. However he asked me what i wanted and was creative enough to deliver at an extremely affordable price. He has the knowledge to defend you, and the experience to win. I’m very happy with how he handled my case. His office is also only blocks away from the court house and he is always prompt. I don’t usually write reviews, but Mr. Tylden Shaeffer deserves to be recognized." - Nicoli

  • "When I got charged with my DWI I already expected to go through a long, painful process from the beginning. But, Mr. Shaeffer and his staff made my whole experience quick and easy with their great communication and professionalism. He was always straight forward and I could tell he had my best interest in mind. He made sure I didn’t get charged with “extreme intoxication”, while also reducing my fines and the length of my probation. I highly recommend him to anyone!" - Alex

  • "Mr. Shaeffer is a great attorney , very professional, very nice and is willing to work with you and help u threw any situation u may have or need help with . I recommend Mr. Shaeffer to anyone who needs help with any kind of legal issues or problems. Anyone who has asked me about an attorney i most definitely tell them Mr. Shaeffer and give them his info. Thank you for all your help and everything u have done for me and my family. You are a awesome attorney! Highly Recommend" - Anonymous

  • "Tylden is a fantastic attorney. He thoroughly prepared for my case and did an amazing job of relating to the judge and jury. I highly recommend Tylden. Would recommend to anyone!" - Skyler

  • "Tylden got my felony reduced to a misdemeanor. He saved my life. I didn’t have to pester him for information and updates about my case and his staff is well informed and helpful. He personally attended each and every one of my hearings and was just as concerned about restoring my reputation as I was. He recently got a motion for non-disclosure filed and approved by the judge so I will never have to admit this mistake ever happened. I would recommend Tylden to anyone! He is a highly intelligent and competent attorney. The Best!" - Anonymous

  • "I was represented by Mr. Shaeffer years ago (2004). He would travel from San Antonio all the way to Del Rio to represent me. My father and I were accused of wrong doing by federal agents and we had done nothing. We, my father and I were on trial simultaneously. We had hired an attorney and found out later he was friends with the prosecutor and wanted us to accept a plea bargain. “We did nothing wrong”, I cried to him. He insisted that we accept due to it being impossible to beat the Government. My father and I were close to giving up when we met Mr. Shaeffer. Mr. Shaeffer believed in us and fought for us. Because of him, I never saw prison walls nor was I ever away from my family. It was one of the most difficult times in my life, but thankfully we met a Godsend attorney and justice prevailed." - Anonymous

Case Results
Intoxication Manslaughter – Reduced Sentence

While client was already on probation for DWI when arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter. Client pleaded guilty to the jury and jury awarded probation where State sought prison term from the jury.

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