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San Antonio Felonies Lawyer Builds a Determined Defense

Proven advocate fights serious charges in Texas

A felony is the most serious type of criminal charge a person may face, with penalties that include incarceration in state prison for anywhere from six months to life, or the death penalty in capital murder cases. That makes your choice of a defense attorney one of the most important decisions you can make. In San Antonio, Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. offers highly professional defense representation for people throughout Central Texas who have been arrested and charged with a felony or are the target of a criminal investigation. The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can begin to mount an effective defense to protect your rights.

Experienced criminal defense counselor handles a range of felony allegations

Crimes typically categorized as felonies include manslaughter and murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking and most federal crimes. Many felony offenses involve violence, but theft or fraud may be classified as felonies depending on the amount of money involved. In my criminal defense practice, I regularly represent clients accused of:

  • Fraud — Fraud is theft accomplished through deception and includes forgery, trademark counterfeiting, credit or debit card fraud, identity theft, mail fraud, check-kiting, filing a false insurance claim, and lying on a loan application. A fraud becomes a federal offense when it violates a federal statute or targets a federal program. Offenders can face enhanced charges for fraud against certain victims, such as the elderly. I have extensive experience fighting for Texans facing fraud charges.
  • Federal crimes — A federal crime is an offense that violates a federal statute, takes place on U.S. government property, crosses state lines, uses a federal agency, targets a federal officer in the performance of his or her duty, or targets an agency of the U.S. government. Common federal crimes include RICO violations, such as money laundering, bank robbery, mail fraud, Medicare fraud, and income tax evasion. My experience in federal courts, defending clients accused of federal crimes, gives you an advantage when facing these serious charges.
  • DWI — Some crimes are “wobblers,” which means they may be classed as felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances of the offense. DWI is such a crime. While a first DWI offense is a misdemeanor, multiple offenses or a DWI causing serious injury or death may be charged as felonies, punishable by years in prison. I can mount an aggressive defense to your felony DWI charge.
  • Murder/manslaughter — Criminal homicide in Texas is defined as “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, causing the death of an individual.” These offenses are categorized as capital murder, murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide. To obtain a conviction, the authorities must not only prove the accused committed some act that led directly to a person’s death but also show that the defendant had the requisite mindset at the time. An intentional killing (murder) naturally draws a more severe penalty than an extremely negligent act that causes death (criminally negligent homicide). I have both the determination and the background to defend clients facing any of these serious allegations.

When I get involved in a case early on, there is a greater chance of working with the prosecuting attorney to achieve a favorable outcome. In some cases, it may be possible to avoid criminal charges altogether. In other cases, I can ensure that lesser charges are brought, so my client does not face the maximum penalty under the law. When negotiations do not yield results, however, I won’t hesitate to battle on your behalf at trial.

Contact a board-certified criminal defense attorney for felony charges in San Antonio

If you face felony charges, it’s essential to be represented by a proven defense lawyer. Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. is a board-certified specialist in criminal law and is ready to fight for your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call (210) 227-1500 or contact my San Antonio office 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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