Being Charged With Murder or Manslaughter in Texas
Homicide, especially murder charges and capital murder cases can be very complicated and carry the heaviest penalty range in the entire criminal justice system. As FORMER FELONY CHIEF PROSECUTORS, all of the lawyers at Vinas & Graham, PLLC have extensive trial experience in the complicated areas a homicide / murder / capital murder case can present; from ballistics to blood spatter, and DNA to medical examiner / autopsy evidence, the lawyers at Vinas & Graham, PLLC can help provide the best possible defense in your case.
To better understand how dire homicide, manslaughter, murder, or capital murder charges can be, you should know a little about the law behind them.
Under Texas law, a person can be charged in a criminal court for causing another’s death, even if the death is the result of an accident. Depending on the circumstances of the homicide, the punishment range can vary greatly.
Capital Murder Charges:
- Occur when one person intentionally kills another with other present circumstances
- Kills more than one person at the same time, in the same episode;
- Kills a child under the age of 10;
- Kills a police officer or fire fighter while in the course of their duty;
- Kills a juror or a witness;
- Kills another while in the course of a robbery, burglary, arson, kidnapping, or sexual assault; or
- Kills another in a “murder for hire” situation.
Capital Murder carries one of two punishment ranges:
- LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE;
- A person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another; or
- A person intends to cause a person serious bodily injury, engages in conduct clearly dangerous to human life, and causes that person to die.
- Murder is a FIRST DEGREE FELONY and carries a punishment range of 5 up to 99 years or LIFE in PRISON and a fine up to $10,000.00.
- Occurs when a person dies as a result of another’s recklessness. Examples of Manslaughter can include
- Intoxication Manslaughter – when a person becomes intoxicated, drives a car, and because of their intoxication causes another person to die;
- Recklessly handling a firearm and causing another to die.
- Manslaughter is a SECOND DEGREE FELONY and carries a punishment range of 2 up to 20 years in PRISON and a fine up to $10,000.00.
Negligent Homicide Charges:
- Occurs when a person’s actions are deemed to be criminally negligent and cause the death of another.
- Negligent Homicide is a STATE JAIL FELONY and carries a punishment range of 180 days up to 2 years in a state jail and a fine up to $10,000.00.
If you are charged with a homicide, you may literally be in a fight for your life. All of the lawyers at Vinas & Graham, PLLC have extensive experience in the courtroom trying homicide cases. Contact us today for a free consultation on your homicide case.
An assault charge can be very serious and have a dramatic impact on you for the rest of your life.
Depending on several factors including:
- The severity of injury inflicted;
- Whether or not a “deadly weapon” was used; or
- Whether or not the victim falls into one of a few protected classes.
You could face a punishment range from a small fine all the way up to LIFE in PRISON depending on which factors are met.
Additionally, some assaults can affect:
- Your ability to vote;
- Your ability to ever own or possess a firearm or ammunition;
- Your citizenship / residential status.
At Vinas & Graham, PLLC our lawyers have handled assault cases from the most minor to the most severe. Contact us today at 713-229-9992 for a free consultation on your assault case.