CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN HOUSTON, TX
Explained by Criminal Lawyers at The Martinez Law Firm
Murder and manslaughter are extremely serious charges that could result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty if you are convicted. If you have been arrested, charged or you know you will be charged with murder, manslaughter, capital murder, or criminally negligent homicide, you need to speak with a Houston criminal defense attorney at The Martinez Law Firm immediately. Murder is among the most serious and most severely punished crimes. You need to protect your rights.
There are several different types of criminal homicide that you could be charged within Texas. According to Texas Penal Law, you are guilty of committing criminal homicide if you “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence” cause the death of another person. The types of criminal homicide include:
- Murder – If you intentionally or knowingly cause the death of another person or if you intend to and do cause serious bodily injury resulting in death, you can be charged with murder. This is classified as either a second degree or first-degree felony, depending upon the circumstances of your case, which could result in up to life imprisonment.
- Capital Murder – This type of murder is more serious and can be charged if varying circumstances are met. For example, if you commit murder for money or the promise of money, you can be charged with capital murder. This type of charge is a capital felony which could result in life imprisonment or punishment by death.
- Manslaughter – If you cause the death of another person due to your reckless actions or inactions, you could be charged with manslaughter. This is a felony of the second degree, which could result in up to 20 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.
Our Houston defense lawyers have the experience handling criminal homicide cases that you can trust. If you are looking for a competent, knowledgeable defense combined with a high level of personal dedication to your case, contact our law firm today. We will do everything in our power to have your charges reduced or dismissed completely. We may be the only thing standing between your freedom and imprisonment!