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Shellie Stephens

Sex crime Attorney at Plano, TX

5.0   9 reviews

About Shellie

Learn Shellie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    Trial; grand jury packet submission before indictment if warranted; challenging unconstitutional bond conditions and amounts; sex offender deregistration for qualified clients; risk level assessment for lowering risk level.

  2. Criminal defense
    Sexual Misconduct allegations; felonies; misdemeanors; violent crime. Challenging unconstitutional bond conditions and restraints on liberty, such as prohibitions on Internet use (writs of habeas corpus).

My clients receive ultra-personal service because I maintain a tight, well-managed caseload so I can pour my experience and superb legal and trial advocacy skills into each case. My clients trust me and enjoy access to elite-quality legal representation, advice, and education through hourly and some flat-fee services.

I defend people accused by the government of breaking the law which happens every day. Everyday people need to know a criminal defense lawyer before they know they need one.

Even getting a ticket or Class C citation is a formal accusation that a crime has been committed. And you can fight it before a judge or jury.

What separates citation violations from Class B misdemeanors up to first-degree felonies is that citations can be handled by paying the fine or hopefully negotiating with the government for conditional dismissal.

But if the government brings a serious charge against you — any charge with consequences ranging from 1-day imprisonment in the county or city jail to perhaps 25 years to life in a state jail facility or the Texas Department of Corrections — you face a critical moment when you need clear-thinking and competent representation. You’ll want a lawyer who respects you and your priorities, has a sense of urgency about your case and is a creative thinker and great listener.

This is me and my firm. I truly care about my clients and make sure they have easy access to me throughout their case. I use Signal, a free encrypted mobile app with call, text, and video capabilities, so clients can talk with me without hassle or fear of our communication being intercepted.

I have an emphasis in my work on defending citizens accused of sexual offenses against children. These are typically he-said, she-said cases with no DNA or evidence to tie the accuser and the accused. The cases are usually tougher to defend than murder. I am fully prepared to defend you in the most important battle of your life. The consequences of being convicted of a sexual offense are severe. You may lose your freedom, property, and privacy for a substantial period of time, possibly throughout your lifetime. I am especially practiced at trying these cases and invite you to contact me for a minimal cost consultation. I also visit potential clients in jail for a modest jail-visit fee.

Finally, you can rest assured in your representation knowing that my values are an unstoppable work ethic, perfection as a goal, and consistent intellectual rigor. I'm a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas — we complete more than double the annual amount of continued legal education required by the State Bar.

I have deep experience defending citizens against government accusations and I welcome the opportunity to come alongside you and resolve your case.

(I have uploaded personal photos so that you can get an idea of what I am like with my friends and my family — I choose to be authentic and open to you from Day One.)

Photos and videos

Las Vegas with my dear friend Christina — best friend from law school.
London at Christmas 2016 with my youngest daughter.
London on Christmas Day 2016 with my two youngest daughters.
Los Angeles with former colleagues and generally terrific people.
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Licensed for 11 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Shellie

Shellie Stephens PC
2639 Walnut Hill Lane
Suite 137
Plano, TX, 75075


5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The complete best!
Shellie was completely open-minded and always ready to answer questions and opinions. Super flexible and her willingness to genuinely help is awesome. Highly recommend!
Posted by Rich | July 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded My Expectations!
Shellie was EXTREMELY responsive 100% of the time and busted her butt in my defense. The legal system in Allen, TX is TERRIBLY corrupt and COMPLETELY unfair but she navigated through it all like the professional that she obviously is. Her fees for service were VERY reasonable, as well. I couldn't be more happy about hiring her.
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Posted by Chris | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Attorney To Hire, No Question!!!
I highly recommend Shellie Stephens as a "Go To Attorney". Shellie handled my case swiftly and gracefully. Throughout the entire court process, Shellie was quick to respond to any questions or concerns while explaining full details and the steps involved with my case. Shellie was always in touch and passionately worked my case while accepting nothing but victory. Shellie is a straight-forward person, smart and skillfully attorney. I strongly recommend her affordable services. This attorney never once mention losing to me or being defeated, she remained optimistic and won my case. Shellie will fight hard on your side without giving up until she wins!
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Posted by Damon | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shellie has helped me on a couple of different occasions. She was very helpful, responsive, and punctual. She is also very knowledgeable. If the need ever arises again I would not hesitate to use her services again. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Karen | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I found myself in need of legal representation because of poor choices on my part. I quite literally stumbled upon Ms. Stephens at the courthouse and instantly knew I had to hire her! From our first encounter Shellie has walked me through the legal process and I have felt more like a friend than a client. Shellie Stephens is a legal genius! She stays in communication with you every step of the way and guides you through each one. There is no other attorney I would even consider representing me. Shellie is truly gifted as an attorney & I trust her to defend my rights.
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Posted by Kevin | June 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Most Intelligent and Honest Lawyer
Shellie Stephens is by far the most honest and intelligent attorney I have ever met. When I came to her with my legal problem she had an overwhelming determination for justice and let me know of all all the different options I had in order to obtain that justice. She carefully took the time to go over various scenarios and really opened my eyes to more options than I thought I had. More over, Shellie Stephens put a great amount of effort into everything she did for my company. When I thought all that was needed was an email, Shellie took the time and effort to write out a clear and concise letter covering everything needed in its entirety. Ms. Stephens is by far the best attorney that you could possibly hire to represent you in a court of law.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I got lucky
Shellie is currently my lawyer, as my case has not yet been resolved. She was appointed to me by the state, and I really feel like I got incredibly lucky in getting her. While I still have a long road ahead of me, she has been in constant contact with me, answering all of my questions very thoroughly. I don't feel at all like I have to worry about a lot of things, as Shellie is handling everything so well. She has even brought up some concerns that I didn't know enough to be concerned about. Regardless of what the outcome of my case ends up being, I will know that Shellie did everything in her power to help me to the best of her ability.
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Posted by Davonte | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Collin County
She was very understanding & lenient. Also her prices are reasonable and willing to work with you. Everything that i asked, i feel she did to her best ability. She was actually more of a friend than just a lawyer, i would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Acquittal (Not Guilty Verdict) - Collin County - .122 Blood Draw
Shellie was co-counsel for my DWI case in Collin County. My roadside videos weren't very flattering, nor was my police report. However, Shellie's keen eye spotted things that were wrong with both, ranging from how windy it was that day, the fact that massive 18 wheelers got very close to me (unsafe conditions), to how some of the statements the police made in their report just did not match my video. She also did a great job of humanizing me to the jury, as she pointed out that I am a hard-working law student who had lived in the community with his family for almost 20 years at the time of my arrest. She deftly cross-examined some of the state's "star" witnesses to point out the holes in their stories, and when I took the stand, she did everything in her power to make sure that all of the information I had been waiting to tell everyone came out. She also highlighted the fact that I have a knee problem, that at the police station the arresting officer AND the phlebotomist BOTH complimented me on being very cooperative, cordial, and nice. Furthermore, she made sure that I explained why it may have taken me too long to read the statutory warning in the Plano PD's intoxilyzer room. Even when I was obviously nervous giving my testimony, she was able to tactfully coach me through such a high-pressure moment, so that I did not lose the 6 members of the jury. Even though I am a law student, I am not that well read on criminal procedure, nor the rules of evidence, so during the trial when I had any kind of questions, she was able to take the time to thoroughly explain such tough concepts to me. Shellie has a knack for detail, something that I noticed right away, but her friendly demeanor and knowledge of the law DEFINITELY helped me out tremendously. I don't think I could have been acquitted if not her. Speaking of, during the nerve wracking hour where the jury was deliberating, Shellie kept me calm by giving me her observations/insights of the trial and jury. She skillfully intermingled this with advanced advice on how I should go about the rest of my law school career. She also made sure to calm me down by telling me that, generally speaking, the longer the jury takes to deliberate, the more likely they are to come to a not-guilty verdict. She also told me to pay attention to how they re-enter the courtroom, because if they made eye-contact with me, then the more likely it is that I would get an acquittal. Furthermore, Shellie gave me critiques on everyone's performances during the trial, including the state's attorneys, my lead counsel, herself, myself, the judge, and all of the witnesses. This prompted me to ask her a question about presentation style and how a future lawyer like me can connect with the jury during any potential closing statements I would make. Although Shellie had her opinions, she knew right away that I really wanted to know what the jury though. More specifically, I wanted to know which attorneys the jury preferred, what exactly they liked about them, what presentation styles they enjoyed, and what they didn't like. As the defendant in the matter, I was not able to ask the jury these questions myself, but Shellie, also curious, was able to ask them for me and gave me a brief rundown of everything that was mentioned. I know that I am rambling on, but as someone who HEAVILY used AVVO to hire the right attorneys for this life-altering occasion, I know what it feels like to be lost, confused, angry, hopeless, and even a little despondent. If there is one thing you should take away from this, then it's that Shellie is a ROCKSTAR attorney and will whip out her bag of tricks to help you out in anyway possible. She was reliable, professional, and insightful every step of the way, from voir dire, to striking of potential jurors, to cross-examination of witnesses, to appealing to the jury, to allaying my MANY concerns, and finally to just being a busy law student. I highly recommend her. THANK YOU SO MUCH Shellie!
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Shellie Stephens PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Skiermont Puckett LLP
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Extern
  • The Honorable Gary W. Jacobs, Presiding Judge - Fifth Judicial Circuit, Coles County
  • 2009 - 2009


  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Southern Nazarene University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019


  • Journal of Law, Technology and Policy
  • Editor
  • 2011
  • Journal of Law, Technology and Policy
  • Going Google: Your Practice, The Cloud, and the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20
  • 2011
  • Journal of Law, Technology and Policy
  • Member
  • 2010
  • Journal of Law, Technology and Policy
  • Member
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (3)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shellie and I recently tried a case together that was an uphill battle to say the least. She helped tremendously. She has a brilliant legal mind, and is tenacious and ardent as an advocate when needed to be. I endorse her without reservation, and hope to work with her again soon."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense