Wichita Falls, TX - All eyes were on Texas top lawyer Monday morning as he turned himself in at the Collin County jail in Mckinney.
Attorney General Ken Paxton snuck in-and-out, leaving his mug shot, fingerprints and his political fate on the line.
The 52-year-old republican is facing three felony charges. Two counts of first-degree securities fraud and one third-degree count for failing to register to sell securities.
All of these alleged charges are before the attorney general took office.
Paxton did not address the media due to a gag order, but his attorney Joe Kendall released a statement:
"Attorney General Ken Paxton will plead not guilty to these accusations and he will demand a trial by jury. He is looking forward to the opportunity to tell his side of the story... "
In response to Paxton turning himself in, Gov. Greg Abbott released this statement:
"Everyone is entitled to due process under the law. As a former judge, I recognize this is the first step in a lengthy process and will respect that process as it moves forward."
Protesters and members of the Texas Democratic Party were standing outside the courthouse holding signs that read, "not above the law," calling for Paxton to step down.
State Representative of District 69, James Frank also talked with Newschannel 6 about Paxton's indictment.
"It's far too easy at this point to get a politically motivated indictment, these days, which doesn't mean there's innocence. It just makes it very difficult to tell the difference those cases with merit and those cases that are not," said Frank.
Legal experts believe it could be over a year before Paxton sees a courtroom.
State law does not require government officials that are indicted to resign and many expect Paxton will maintain his position as Attorney General.
If found guilty on the two counts of first-degree securities fraud, he could face up to 99 years in prison and for the lesser third-degree charge of failing to register is punishable by up to 10 years.