A murder charge is a serious criminal offense. If you or a loved one have been charged with murder in or around Houston, you need to hire a murder charges defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Diana E. Sims. Murder is the unlawful killing of another person with malicious intent. There are many ways that someone can be killed, but it isn’t often with any form of malice. That is what distinguishes murder from other crimes. Our experienced law firm understands how stressful it can be to be charged with a crime as serious as murder. Having expert legal defense by your side is the difference between a long prison sentence or a lessened one.
Texas doesn’t use the term first-degree murder. It is known as capital murder. In order to convict someone of this crime, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally and knowingly caused the death of someone, they intended to cause this bodily injury, they attempted to commit a felony, and in performing that crime committed an act that endangered another. Capital murder is a serious offense in Texas and could lead to the death penalty. If the defendant is declared incapacitated (insane or with a mental disability), they are spared from this penalty. The minimum age for death penalty in Texas is 17.
Second-degree murder is simply known as murder in Texas. This involves a death that resulted from a wrongful act. Murder is a first-degree felony that carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. A second-degree felony (lesser charge) can carry a sentence o two and twenty years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000 as well.
There are countless ways to defend someone against murder. Some may have acted in self-defense or it was a justifiable homicide (this usually applies to domestic violence cases). Whatever the details of a case, the Law Offices of Diana E. Sims can discover factors that contribute to the defense of a murder charge. We have years of experience working with prosecutors in order to get our clients a lesser charge that they deserve. Lack of intent, lack of knowledge and intoxication all are other defense strategies too.
If you’ve been charged with a murder charge in Texas, call to schedule a free consultation with a murder charges defense attorney in Houston today. The legal experts at the Law Office of Diana E. Sims are ready to defend your case and get you the minimum possible sentencing possible. Call us at (713) 236-9800 today and allow us to help you keep your freedom and record intact.