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Caroline Amelia Simone

Criminal defense Attorney at Denton, TX

4.9   41 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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About Caroline

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Being a trusted criminal defense attorney is extremely important to me. I believe in fighting for my clients and helping people and families through challenging situations. I strive to earn the trust and respect of my clients so that we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome. I was a prosecutor for years and now use the experience I gained to effectively and successfully represent defendants. I am Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I have been recognized by my peers as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. However, my greatest honor comes in the form of pleased clients who I have had the provilege of seeing through some of the most difficult days of their lives.

My favorite part of being a lawyer has always been going to trial because I'm a true competitor and have been all of my life. As an athlete, I learned how to perform under pressure. Now, trial is like game day was for me when I was an athlete. I may still coach little kids and play some golf, but being a trial lawyer is the closest thing I've ever found to being a competitive athlete, and I savor the days I get to spend fighting for my clients in the courtroom.

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and played competitive softball, basketball, and volleyball for many years. I graduated high school from St. Teresa's Academy, and then moved to Texas for college. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio where I was an NCAA athlete, playing second base on the softball team. I also bartended on the Riverwalk and interned at the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, which made for an eclectic collegiate experience. 

I earned a scholarship to go to law school at Southern Methodist University, so I moved to Dallas upon graduation from Trinity. It was a hard time to be a sports fan at SMU, so I played plenty of intramurals and participated in mock trials and moot court contests to fulfill my desire for individual competition. I was also fortunate enough to be a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic at SMU. During the summers, I went back to KC to work for John O'Connor, who taught me a great deal about being a defense attorney in both federal and state courts. Mr. O'Connor told me that I would never be satisfied being second string and in order to gain experience and build my own reputation, I needed to be a prosecutor before being a defense lawyer. I did eventually take his advice. But immediately upon graduation from SMU, I worked at The Wright Firm for a few months doing criminal defense work and some family law. It wasn't long before I was hired on as a prosecutor in the Denton County District Attorney's Office. I remained there for more than four years and spent a great deal of time in the courtroom where I got extensive hands-on experience in prosecuting criminal cases. Knowing exactly what it takes to successfully prosecute a criminal case has provided me with priceless insight into strategies for defending my current clients against said prosecutions. I now know what my opponents (prosecutors) are thinking and feeling, and that is always an advantage.

I left the DA's Office to join Rick Hagen as a partner in his criminal defense practice. In my years working with Rick, I gained amazing experience both in and out of the courtroom. We went to trial far more often than the average defense attorneys and we earned some very good results for our clients. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the recovery process for many young men and women who came to our firm looking for help and suffering from addiction. Rick's strategy for helping people through these types of situations is one that I admire and draw upon when working with my current clients.

In 2013, I began my own criminal defense practice and I've been blessed to have such rewarding experiences and success in representing people charged with crimes.

 

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 16 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Caroline

Simone Legal - DENTON
101 S. Woodrow Lane
Suite 102
Denton, TX, 76205

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Caroline received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Michael | April 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever!
Caroline is an amazing attorney. She has helped me on some pretty bad situations and got me the best possible outcomes on everything. She truly knows what she is doing. I highly recommend her to any one who needs an amazing defense attorney. Thanks for all that you’ve done! Words can’t express how great-full I am for all of your hard work!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic lawyer
She was very attentive and compassionate. Gave me great advice regarding my legal problem. She’s always there for the good guys.
Posted by Amanda | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caroline is amazing!
Caroline was able to negotiate a great deal for me! Because of her I will be able to keep all my future career plans intact! She is fair, honest and up front with you.
Posted by Jerome Easter | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family violence , Assault
Mrs. Simone was by far the best lawyer I’ve ever encountered. Words cannot express my wholehearted appreciation. I hired Caroline to represent me in a case and successfully we won in a trial. She knows her way around the courtroom. I’ll almost definitely recommend. Thanks
Posted by Matthew | February 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well Worth It
My experience with Miss Simone was excellent. She was very accessible for questions and concerns and had my case resolved to the best of my expectations. Fair, honest and professional. I would recommend.
Posted by Jeremy | October 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mrs. Simone did a great job on my case . I have a 15 year old son with autism . He had a violent episode where we had to restrain him from harming himself and others. I was arrested & charged for family violence, which is a felony. I have no criminal history at but was still charged for this even had a court order keeping me out of my own home. This was all very new , hard and confusing for me. Mrs. Simone did a great job getting the restraining order modified right away, and got the case completely dismissed . So thankful for everything she did for me and my family !
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Posted by Rafayeth | September 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed
I hired Caroline Simone for 4 different cases and I am very happy with the results. Three were dissmised and one was reduced to a fine. Overall I highly recommend her for any criminal cases that you might have.
Posted by Kathy | May 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Most caring and competent lawyer that helped me through a very difficult time. Caroline Simone is someone that has your back!
I immediately felt at ease upon meeting with Ms Simone. She is a very competent and knowledgeable lawyer and has excellent personable skills that put my mind at ease. Her excellent analogies and previous cases allowed me the confidence to place my life altering situation in her very capable hands. I never thought I would ever need an attorney, however, sometimes life throws us curveballs. I have been very happy with all of the hard work that Ms Simone put in my case for justice. I have my life back, thanks to her for managing my case. Ms Simone is the BEST!!!!
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Posted by Lori D. | May 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Caroline Simone for your criminal defense needs
I highly recommend Caroline Simone for your criminal defense attorney. I didn't even know criminal charges had been filed against me until I started getting solicitations from attorneys wanting to represent me. That's how I found out that a warrant had been issued for my arrest. I didn't want to hire one of the lawyers who had been mailing me fear-provoking advertisements, so I immediately got busy researching the best criminal defense attorneys around. I knew I wanted someone who had a lot of experience, had previously been a prosecutor, was board certified in criminal law, and also had great reviews. Once I narrowed down my selection, I actually looked up their past court cases to see how they were resolved and Caroline became the clear choice. She has gotten her clients many dismissals, deferred adjudications, and probation - but also isn't afraid to take cases to trial if needed. She's a winner. When I first met with her, she was immediately comforting and carefully explained what my options were and what she thought she could do for me. She was confident that the worst case scenario would be deferred adjudication and the best case scenario would be dismissal of the charge. She was very good at communicating with me by text and email and kept me updated throughout the process. I met her up at the courthouse a couple of times to sign paperwork, but I never had to step into a courtroom or in front of a judge. In watching her at the courthouse, it was obvious that she was highly respected by the prosecutors, others attorneys, judges, and court staff. She’s very professional and I was proud that she was representing me. In the end, my case was dismissed. We are now waiting to also have my record expunged completely. I couldn't be happier with the outcome of my case or in my choice of Caroline Simone as my attorney. I felt like she truly cared about me from the beginning to the end. If you need a criminal defense attorney, I strongly encourage you to meet with Caroline Simone and I genuinely hope my review is helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Family violence
I Hire Caroline Simone she was very knowledgeable an really Did a Great job Got my case brought down from a felony to a misdemeanor an Kept me out jailI if you need a lawyer that’s awesome an really takes her time to understand her clients she’s the one to hire !!!
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Patient, and Skilled
Caroline Simone is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense attorney. Her defense of my son in a very difficult case allowed him the best possible outcome. She works well with parents and families of the accused as she took the time to explain what was going on at every step and provided realistic expectations. The judge on the case as well as other attorneys spoke very well of her abilities. I hope we never have to go through another experience with the criminal justice system but if we do she would be my first choice!
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Posted by Steve | October 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Results in bargaining of Plea Deal
I was charged with 3 Felonies which which were negotiated down, over a several month period, to 2 misdemeanors, a Deferred Felony Probation. 3 days jail and no fine. The Judge, when reading the verdict, stated that it was "due to the very capable and diligent efforts of my Attorney...(sic)." Hats off to Ms. Simone and Thank You!
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2017
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Jaime Hernandez
I hired Caroline Simone after I was being falsely accused of domestic violence by my ex- girlfriend. This bitter ex girlfriend even said that I was choking her, which turned the charges into felony charges. These false accusations could have cost me my career. I'm thankful that I found this attorney. Caroline Simone was efficient and kept me informed of my case at all times. She was able to keep my name from being tainted. I would highly recommend her to any one who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by Steve | June 5, 2017
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Outstanding service, terrific lawyer and exceptional person
From the first phone call to first meeting, Caroline was very easy to talk to and listen with, to discuss the specifics as she had so much compassion and it never changed, just got better. Really felt like a person again after having her on my side leading the way. Caroline took the worry away from me so I could focus on work and just listening her to plans always made me feel at ease. She performed at her job at such a high level, made me feel very important and she definlitely exceeded my expectations by far! She came recommended to me and I highly encourage anyone to reach out to Caroline!!
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Posted by Gabi | May 24, 2017
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Glad I came to Caroline for help!!
It was my first offense, and it was a DWI, and I was scared beyond belief. I met with Caroline and she quite quickly put me at ease and guided me through the process and what I had to do. She was very informative and made sure I was comfortable and that I understood everything that was going on with the case. Very confident in what she was doing and I knew I could trust her to help me get through this. I'm happy with the outcome of the case, and I truly believe I made the best decision in coming to her. I'd recommend her to anyone that is in need of a lawyer. Thank you again, Caroline!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2017
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Great Defense
If your looking for a great Lawyer to represent you then Caroline is the way to go. She's very positive, as well as informed about any subject. She managed to get my poss. charge dropped and expunged from my record and i didn't even have to go to court. If your ever in need of a Lawyer She's the one you should call.
Posted by Denise | January 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Well-informed about the alternatives the courts have available . . . it is not all about jail time
I don’t like to write. It takes me hours to write an email, but I am moved to write a review of the work that Ms. Simone did on behalf on my son (age 30). She is an experienced lawyer and well-informed about the options the courts have available for alternatives to jail time. Caroline worked on my son’s case to bring it to the best possible outcome. She took the time to call me and explain the situation with my son’s permission. She expressed her concerns, but left me feeling calm and positive. I would recommend Caroline Simone to everyone be they family, friends, or strangers who is facing legal issues. She is skilled, she is outstanding, she is experienced and she is honest. All good qualities of a great lawyer.
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Posted by Joe | November 18, 2016
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A Compassionate Defender
This was the first time I had ever been involved in a criminal charge against me. I was sure of my innocence but very fearful of what could happen to me. From the moment I hired Caroline and discussed the case with her, I was placed at ease. She was very knowledgable, professional and thorough in her defense approach. I met with Caroline several times and each time, I walked away feeling very well represented. During the long process of discussions with the prosecutors, I talked to her several times with nervous questions. Caroline responded immediately to my every concern and managed to keep me comforted thorough the long ordeal. She worked tirelessly to obtain a dismissal and was successful. I thank God for sending Caroline to defend and protect me.
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Posted by Imani | November 18, 2016
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As good as it gets.
When I was appointed Ms. Simone, I was on this very site reading reviews and trying to prematurely determine if I would be ok. Based on reviews, I was pleased. I'm even more pleased now that my case has been settled. I'm almost convinced, had I been appointed someone less diligent, I would be on my way to prison. Due to my priors, I was in a very bad situation.. I am so very pleased to be able to share that I'm on probation and I have another opportunity to be a better mother, friend and citizen to society. I'm also adament that Ms. Simone went above and beyond to ensure that this happened for me.
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Posted by Asantewa | November 14, 2016
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Ms. Simone was truly God sent!
We were on our last leg and my husband was facing a 2year prison sentence with no other alternative. We were referred to Ms. Simone at the last minute and she accepted the challenge. She worked for us and answered all calls, emails and texts(and we bugged her a lot) with no reservations. Ms. Simone did not give up on us and she was the light at the end of our tunnel. After it was all said and done my husband will not have a TDC # and no prison time!! We extend our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Simone and because we had her on our team, a miracle was performed! We thank you Caroline Simone and may God continue to Bless you!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Simone Legal, Inc.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Jackson & Hagen
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Denton County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Associate
  • The Wright Firm, LLP
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Student Attorney
  • Smu Criminal Justice Clinic
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2006
  • Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v. J.J.M
  • On day of trial, state offered reduction of the charges.
  • State v. A.W.
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. M.M.
  • Jury found him NOT GUILTY
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Associations

  • Dallas County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Texas Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Effective Courtroom Demeanor
  • Trial Testimony
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (4)
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Caroline is one of the best defense lawyers around. She is passionate about her work, and she gets results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney, credit to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Caroline always fights as hard as possible for her clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Caroline as a fair and knowledgable prosecutor. I have since come to know her as a hardworking criminal defense attorney who fights for her clients. She seems to be personable with her clients, someone who listens to what they have to offer about their case. I have seen her in the courtrooms of different counties in the DFW area and highly recommend Ms. Simone to anyone facing a criminal charge in the North Texas area."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Simone is well versed and experienced in representing clients charged with criminal cases in Texas."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Simone has experience in Denton County beyond her years. Since leaving the DA's office, she has run a busy and successful defense practice. She knows all the players in Denton, local policies and procedures, and most importantly, how to win a case. I have worked cases with Ms. Simone and know how hard she works to get her clients the best possible outcome. I regularly refer cases to her and have no hesitation in endorsing her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Caroline is a tough defense attorney. She is always well prepared and never overlooks a detail. Judges and prosecutors respect her, and she is highly regarded amongst her peers. I endorse her without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Simone is an excellent attorney who I have recommended many times to people who have asked me for the name of a top-flight defense attorney. She knows the law and she is formidable in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Caroline is a top-notch attorney who can handle herself both in the courtroom and the conference room. Her experience as a prosecutor only adds to her abilities as a criminal defense attorney. I regularly refer my clients to Caroline and they have all been more than satisfied."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Caroline is incredibly knowledgeable about the law and has a tremendous ability to connect with her clients to relate to them on a personal level and provide them with outstanding legal advice. I know that when I send a client to Caroline that I can trust that my client is getting the best legal advice and representation possible, and if I am still active on the case from the Family Law side, I know that Caroline and I will be able to work side-by-side to protect my client's interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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