Murder Charges in Texas
McAllen Trial Lawyers Who Handle Murder Charges
At Guerra & Farah, PLLC, we approach every case we represent, whether it is a serious felony such as murder or manslaughter or a simple misdemeanor such as DWI or drug possession, as though it will ultimately end up going to trial. This means that we don't initially try to get a quick plea bargain which still places our client's future in jeopardy. Instead, we go straight to work on developing a strategy for defending our client against the serious consequences of a conviction. It may not be the easy approach, but it is the one which time and again yields the best results for our clients. this preparation often makes it possible to uncover evidence which can be used to exonerate our client or to have the charges dismissed, and it also sends a clear message to the prosecutor that we are ready to go as far as it takes to obtain justice for our client.
Degrees of Murder in Texas
Texas state law distinguishes between two different types of criminal homicide: murder and manslaughter. Manslaughter occurs in cases where the death is caused through the reckless actions of the perpetrator, whereas murder is a homicide which is committed "intentionally or knowingly." Murder is also charged in cases where the perpetrator attacked the victim with the intent to cause bodily injury and carried out actions which were clearly dangerous to human life, as well as if the perpetrator was engaged in committing another felony and caused the death in the commission of that crime or in the immediate flight from the scene of the crime.
Penalties for Murder in McAllen
Murder is normally charged as a first-degree felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to life in prison. There is, however, an exception to this: If it can be proven that the defendant was acting under the influence of a sudden passion caused by actions which would similarly provoke a reasonable person, the charge may be reduced to a felony of the second degree. In this scenario, the possible sentence is $10,000 in fines and between 2 and 20 years in prison. We understand how much is at stake for your future, and our McAllen criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for you. Contact our Houston offices now for a confidential consultation to learn about your options and to let us begin working on the case!