In Texas, homicide can be punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are four types of homicide, each with different consequences. These are capital murder, murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide. If you are facing any of these charges, you need the legal expertise of a skilled homicide attorney at The Law Office of David D. White, PLLC .
Capital murder is punishable by the death penalty or life in prison. A charge of capital murder depends on the circumstances of the alleged crime. Murder for hire, killing a peace officer or fireman, or murder committed in the process of escaping from prison can all be considered capital murder. If the jury in a case does not find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the prosecution can reduce the charge to a lesser included offense.
Murder is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing the death of another, intentionally causing bodily injury which leads to the death of another, or causing the death of another while in the process of committing another felony. If the defendant can prove that he or she committed the crime in the passion of the moment, rather than as a premeditated act, it is possible that the charge will be reduced to murder in the second degree.
A second-degree felony carries a sentence between two and twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Otherwise, homicide is considered a first-degree felony, which carries a jail sentence of five to ninety-nine years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Manslaughter is usually considered a second-degree felony. A person can be charged with manslaughter if he or she recklessly causes the death of an individual. These crimes are usually committed without premeditation.
Sometimes, manslaughter is the result of criminal negligence. In these cases, you could be charged with a state jail felony. If convicted, the accused would face between one hundred and eighty days and two years in prison as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
If you face homicide charges, call The Law Office of David D. White, PLLC at (512) 369-3737 to discuss the specific facts of your case. Do not attempt to deal with the legal process on your own. An experienced attorney is here to assist you at every phase. Call Law Office of David D. White, PLLC today for a free consultation.
If you have been accused of homicide, it is important to have an experienced defense lawyer at your side. Your lawyer will work to have your case dismissed from the very beginning if the prosecution has not provided sufficient evidence. If the case is tried before a jury, your attorney will fight for an acquittal.
In some cases, the prosecution will offer a defendant the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense. If you are offered the opportunity to plead to a lesser charge, your lawyer will explain your rights and help you come to an informed decision. Through the entire process, we will provide you with the compassionate and aggressive representation you deserve.
The punishments you may be facing are serious. No one knows this better than we do. To be sure that you your rights are respected,contact an experienced Austin homicide attorney now for a free consultation at (512) 369-3737.