Sarah K. Fox has always been passionate about serving those individuals affected by the criminal justice system. Originally from a small town in East Texas, Sarah earned her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University where she double-majored in Philosophy and Political Science. After graduating, Sarah attended Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law on a Presidential Scholarship. While at SMU, Sarah earned Dean’s List honors and competed on the school’s National mock trial teams. Beginning with her first internships in law school, Sarah has devoted her entire legal career to criminal law, serving as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, and earning her Board Certification of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law, an accomplishment held by less than 8 percent of all practicing attorneys in Texas. When approaching a new case, Sarah’s paradigm boils down to three key areas of representation: rights, strategy, and client care.
The best criminal defense attorneys are those that can immediately evaluate the police’s investigation of a case to see if an individual’s rights were violated. With years of experience working directly with law enforcement agencies, Sarah has seen it all when it comes to good and bad investigations. As a Collin County Felony Prosecutor, Sarah often worked with some of the best police agencies in the state; the officers that investigate by the book crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i.’ Sarah even attended some of the same training courses as these police officers and knows exactly what the gold standard of police work should be. Unfortunately, we all know from the news and our own experiences that not all police officers follow this gold standard, and as a result of her training and her experience as a prosecutor, Sarah can expertly identify when law enforcement betrays their training and violates an individual’s constitutional rights. Properly and efficiently identifying these violations helps individuals accused of a crime receive better plea offers or even outright dismissals of criminal charges.
Prior to becoming a defense attorney, Sarah spent almost five years as a prosecutor and with countless jury trials, plea bargains, and hearings under her belt, she is known as a bulldog in the courtroom. Her trial work has been featured in news articles on WFAA.com, CBS Radio, The Dallas Morning News and the DMN crime blog. Sarah has tried every kind of case from traffic tickets to Sexual Assaults and Murders, and she knows the ins and outs of what kinds of details are important to prosecutors when they evaluate their cases. She knows how to negotiate the lowest plea bargain by appealing to the kinds of arguments she knows prosecutors to make. Additionally, when it comes time to demand a jury trial, Sarah knows the common angles and strategies used by the prosecution and has the experience needed to hold them to their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt like the Constitution demands.
Even before she spent years as a prosecutor, Sarah began her legal career in the field of criminal defense. In law school, she participated in the Southern Methodist University Criminal Defense Clinic where she was awarded a special law license that allowed her to represent indigent criminal defendants while still a student. Sarah drew on that experience as she entered private practice in 2015, and over the years she has developed a true sense for how a person’s life is affected by the tragedy of a criminal accusation. Sarah knows how to help her clients identify their values and their goals, and prides herself on her ability to individualize a client’s experience and recognizes that everyone’s desired outcomes are different.
Sarah genuinely acts as an advocate for her clients whether they are in need of recovery, want the swiftest possible outcome, or are falsely accused and wish to exercise their right to a jury trial. Because of Sarah’s strong and extensive courtroom experience, her clients never feel pressured into a plea deal or discouraged from taking their case to trial.
Sarah’s passion for helping others extends beyond just the legal profession. Especially passionate about women’s rights, Sarah volunteers with battered women’s shelters, is active in a program designed to teach young women how to interview for jobs, has performed pro bono legal services for victims of domestic violence, and is a member of the Collin County Women Lawyers Association.