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It goes without saying that you are facing extremely serious allegations the moment a detective or police officer starts asking questions regarding a murder. If you are accused and charged with Murder or Manslaughter, prosecutors will stop at nothing to prove your guilt.
But experienced murder defense attorney Gary J. Barton and the criminal defense attorneys at Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC understand that things are rarely black-and-white – especially when it comes to serious criminal charges like Murder or Manslaughter. No matter what, you MUST FIGHT THE CHARGES.
You should not choose just anyone, however. You need the help of a defense lawyer who not only intimately understands the law but has proven this by helping clients win cases like yours on a regular basis. Gary J. Barton is a former Major Crimes Prosecutor and knows the ins and outs of any Murder or Manslaughter case.
In Texas, as in many other states across the country, distinctions are made between different types of homicide charges. Any act that results in the loss of another person’s life is tragic and liable to be punished, but under Texas state law there are specific factors that must accompany a homicide to make it rise to the crime of murder, or even make it a criminal act at all.
The law deals with these various situations in entirely different ways. This means that legal proceedings—from proving guilt to doling out consequences—will vary depending on which types of charges you are facing.
In Texas, there are four general types of criminal homicide:
- Capital Murder
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
For instance, if the victim is under 6 years old or if the crime is carried out during the course of committing another serious crime. If an individual is convicted of capital murder, he or she may be facing life imprisonment without parole – or even the death penalty.
In manslaughter cases, unlike murder cases, there is generally no accusation of premeditation or planning on the part of the accused individual. Instead, he or she will often be accused of acting recklessly or failing to consider risks.
Unlike most other states, Texas does not differentiate between what other states refer to as “voluntary manslaughter” and “involuntary manslaughter.” Instead, the two are grouped together, with different consequences depending on the specific circumstances of each case. Manslaughter charges generally carry less severe penalties than murder charges, such as potential jail time of anywhere from 2 to 20 years.
Although there is such a range of criminal homicide charges that an individual can be charged with, each of them comes with its own set of risks, and none of them should ever be taken lightly. Where homicide is concerned, prosecutors are serious about keeping Texas safe and putting criminals behind bars. You should be just as serious in defending yourself and winning your case.
This means that if you are facing murder charges, you cannot risk equipping yourself with anything but the very best criminal attorney available. As their long record of success can attest to, the legal team at Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC, and Gary J. Barton have the experience and skills necessary to help you fight any homicide charge.
Possible defenses for murder or manslaughter charges include:
Murder charges can ruin a person’s life—they can take years or decades away from you, cost you tens of thousands of dollars, and ruin the lives of the family members who rely on you. Do not let your good name be dragged through the mud and your family torn apart. Defend yourself, your name, and your family by contacting an experienced murder defense attorney as soon as possible.
The criminal defense lawyers at Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC, and Gary J. Barton are not only well-versed in Texas homicide laws, but they also believe in you and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that judges and juries understand your case fully, rather than just seeing the twisted image that the prosecution will try to present. If you are facing murder charges, hesitation can be the difference between getting your charges reduced or dropped and spending the rest of your life behind bars.
Do not delay. Contact the criminal lawyers at Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC, and Murder Defense Lawyer Gary J. Barton to start building your defense today. Call 210-570-2020.