Varghese Summersett PLLC Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyers





(817) 203-2220



The most critical moment in any criminal case is the moment the person first contacts their attorney. As former prosecutors, we understand the value of being proactive. Our dismissals, no-bills, and not guilty verdicts all stem from the proactive and aggressive defense we raise for our clients.

Our attorneys include former chiefs of sex crimes units at district attorneys offices as well as former federal prosecutors. We have extensive experience presenting cases at trial, which in turn results in more favorable outcomes even for cases that don’t go to trial.

Four of our attorneys are Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which is the highest designation a criminal defense attorney can have. In fact, only Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyers are considered experts in criminal law.

Unlike other firms, the attorney you select will handle your case. You can expect one-on-one attention, attorneys who handle your case like it is the biggest problem in your life, and for your questions to be answered – day or night.


  • I had a billion questions and they answered them all for me. From my first call at 8 p.m. till the end of the case, they responded quickly. Thank you all so much!

    D. C.
  • The night I was arrested the police officer told me to reach out to Varghese Summersett. They got my case dismissed. Thank you!

    Alex B.

Hire a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Our attorneys have been called the best lawyers in Fort Worth, in Dallas, and have even ranked nationally as premier criminal defense attorneys. While these are subjective standards, objectively these attorneys have proven they have what it takes to take command in any courtroom: Anna Summersett, Steve Jumes, Tanya Dohoney, and Letty Martinez are Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists.


Fort Worth Criminal Defense

Varghese Summersett PLLC is a criminal defense firm located in Fort Worth, Texas. The Partners at the firm are all former Tarrant County Prosecutors. When you hire Varghese Summersett PLLC, you will get a team of attorneys who have successfully handled every level of criminal offense – from DWI to capital murder. Our Tarrant County criminal defense lawyers have been featured in 48 Hours and Super Lawyers magazine, but we are most proud of our client reviews. No criminal defense firm in the state of Texas has more 5-star reviews from former clients than Varghese Summersett PLLC.

Fort Worth DWI Lawyer

Our attorneys handle DWI and other intoxication-related charges throughout Texas. We regularly handle cases in Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, Parker, Wise, and Denton Counties. Of our 550+ jury trials, over 150 were DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter trials. There are few attorneys or firms that have handled more intoxication-related offenses. Our DWI attorneys are experienced in litigating every type of intoxication offense from complete refusals and breath test cases to blood cases that involve alcohol, drugs, prescription medication and serious injury or death.


Sexual assault allegations turn lives upside down. Detectives pre-judge individuals accused of sex crimes. Our team is made up of top former sexual assault and child sexual assault prosecutors. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone with as much experience handling these cases in the courtroom. Through meticulous examination of evidence and our own thorough investigation, we have had cases dismissed, no-billed, reduced and we have even gone to trial and obtained successful results. If you are accused of sexual assault, call us immediately.


Assaults range from misdemeanor assaults, assaults against family members, aggravated assault, felony family violence cases, assault on peace officer, and choking cases. The punishment on these cases ranges from misdemeanors to life in prison. Local prosecutors have policies prohibiting dismissal of cases where the victim is not willing to cooperate with the prosecution. If you are charged with assault, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Learn more about Assault Defense.


Our former federal prosecutors are adept at defending individuals accused of federal crimes. Federal criminal cases are very different from state cases. The system favors the Government, and there are many pitfalls that a state criminal defense attorney may not be prepared for.  Find out how having experienced federal attorneys by your side may make all the difference.


Our attorneys are uniquely equipped to handle allegations of white collar crimes from our experience handling these cases – both as federal prosecutors and now as federal defense attorneys. Following the money trail is key to white collar prosecutions and finding weaknesses in the money trail is often a central component to overcoming these charges.


Federal drug charges, possession of controlled substance charges, and possession of marijuana charges can have serious penalties ranging from misdemeanors to felonies with special punishment ranges. Both Texas and federal law allows multiple individuals to be charged with the same drugs so finding the right criminal defense attorney is critical regardless of the level of involvement in the alleged activity.


“Not Guilty” are two words few attorneys have heard from a jury when defending an individual charged with Capital Murder. We have. We have tried nearly 100 homicides – cases where someone died at the hands of another person. Our attorneys have defended cases ranging from Manslaughter and Intoxication Manslaughter to Murder and Capital Murder.

Finding the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

First, it is important to understand that there is no such thing as the universally best criminal defense attorney. Although we have received many awards that name us the “Top” or “Best” attorney in a particular area, and we have more 5-Star reviews on Google than any criminal defense attorney we know, the reality is finding the right criminal defense attorney for your case is a very personal decision. While there may not be a universally-best criminal defense attorney, there is one who is the best attorney for your particular case. Here are some questions you can ask to help you find the best criminal defense attorney for your case:

  • Are you Board Certified in Criminal Law?
  • How many cases have you taken to trial by jury?
  • Have you handled cases like mine?
  • Will you be my attorney, or will someone else be handling my case?
  • Have you worked as a prosecutor?
  • Do you know the judge and prosecutor in my case?

As the attorney is talking to you, you should be evaluating not only their answers but how they respond. Do the answers give you confidence? Is this person someone the judge, jury, and prosecution would listen to? Does the attorney seemed rushed?

We believe that people come to us with the greatest problems in their lives, and we strive to treat them with the respect, patience, and diligence that such cases deserve. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, we encourage you to call us for a free consultation.

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Rated By Kat H.

This firm was there for our family in a dark hour. Anna explained everything in detail and was always available to communicate about my husband’s case. Everyone at the firm was helpful with all the questions we had and through the amazing online communication tool. My husband followed Anna’s instructions and his case was dismissed. I would recommend the firm to anyone who needs a criminal lawyer.

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