Murder

In Texas, a murder charge carries heavy consequences — including the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison. A murder charge is incredibly serious, as are all of the “lesser” crimes that may be charged if you are involved in a situation that caused another person to die. Due to the gravity of these crimes and their potential penalties, anyone charged with a homicide in Texas will need the assistance of a seasoned criminal defense attorney.

Texas Homicide Charges

There are five potential charges related to homicide or the taking of a life in Texas:  

  • Capital Murder: a capital felony, with a punishment range including life in prison or death
  • Murder: a first degree felony, with a punishment range including either life or between 5 and 99 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.  Capital Murder can occur in a number of ways, including when someone is killed during a kidnapping, burglary, robbery, or aggravated sexual assault, or during a prison escape, when a person under the age of 10 is murdered, when more than one person is killed at a time, or when a peace officer is killed.
  • Manslaughter: a second degree felony, with a possible punishment of between 2 and 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.  Manslaughter occurs when someone “recklessly causes the death of an individual.”
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide: a state jail felony, with a punishment range of 180 days to 2 years in state jail and up to $10,000 in fines.  Criminally Negligent Homicide is when a person does something that is a “gross deviation” from what an ordinary person would do, and that leads to the death of another person.
  • Intoxication Manslaughter: a second degree felony, with a possible punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison plus up to $10,000 in fines.  Intoxication Manslaughter is defined as when a person operates a vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or amusement park ride while intoxicated and causes the death of another person as a result.

If you are facing any of these offenses, you need the help of an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney.  Having a good lawyer on your side can make the difference between spending the rest of your life in prison, and having the charges reduced or dismissed.  

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If you are facing any of these offenses, you need the help of an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney. Having a good lawyer on your side can make the difference between spending the rest of your life in prison, and having the charges reduced or dismissed.  

Murder Defense Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

When you contact the Law Office of Chad West about any of the above-listed homicide charges, we will explain the specific criminal charge and the potential penalties associated with the offense. We will also examine all of the circumstances surrounding your homicide charge, including any potential defenses recognized by Texas law, and will work with dedication to develop an aggressive defense strategy tailored to your situation.