Murder, Manslaughter & Capital Murder in The Woodlands
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In 2016, Texas authorities made 997 arrests related to murder and manslaughter – that’s more than two each day for the year. The majority of arrests involved non-negligent acts, meaning intent was proven or suspected. In connection with these arrests, alleged offenders often face other serious charges, such as weapons, burglary, drug abuse violations, and aggravated assault. Police are cracking down on people who take the lives of others, and if arrested, will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.
When faced with a murder or manslaughter charge or arrest, the future suddenly becomes uncertain. Remain calm and silent, and hire a homicide attorney who has successfully defended against these life-changing claims. Look no further than Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law.
Attorney Morgan Bourque believes that every accused Texan deserves a fair trial. As a former prosecutor, Morgan tried hundreds of murder and manslaughter charges. Now as a leading The Woodlands homicide lawyer, he stands out in the legal community for achieving acquittals and reduced charges in the most complex cases. He has demonstrated where inaccurate claims, mishandled evidence (or lack thereof) and unreliable eyewitness accounts can influence homicide charges.
Without proper representation, defendants are at risk of facing:
Lengthy prison terms, including life imprisonment without parole
Capital punishment (the death penalty)
Thousands – if not millions – of dollars in liability fines and fees
Unwanted media attention
Public shaming, and more.
To schedule an initial consultation, call (713) 535-9711 today. We serve clients in The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Magnolia, Spring, and Willis.
Texas Murder & Manslaughter Laws
In Texas, homicide means that one person kills another individual, whether knowingly, intentionally, or with criminal negligence. The state recognizes six types of criminal homicide: capital murder, murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide.
Murder is defined as the purposeful killing of someone else, attempting to cause serious injury and committing a dangerous act that results in death, or committing or attempting to commit a felony and killing another person during the commission or attempt to commit a felony. This type of murder is considered a first-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 99 years or life imprisonment.
Capital murder means knowingly or intentionally killing a law enforcement official or firefighter who is on duty, committing murder while committing or attempting to commit robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, aggravated sexual assault, retaliation, obstruction, or terrorist threat, killing more than one person, killing a minor under six years old, or committing a murder for hire. This type of murder is a capital felony, punishable by life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty.
Manslaughter is defined as recklessly causing another person’s death. This offense is a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum 20-year prison term.
Lastly, criminally negligent homicide means causing taking another person’s life by acting in a criminally negligent manner, such as accidental killings not considered manslaughter. This type of homicide is a state jail felony, which carries a state jail sentence between 180 days and two years.
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No matter how dire the odds may seem, our legal team in The Woodlands represents each client with the same passion and determination, often to favorable outcomes. We will review your case and offer honest feedback, and craft a strategy to defend your rights and keep you out of prison. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we have successfully challenged murder and manslaughter claims at trial and will fight to have the charges dismissed or the penalties reduced at every stage in your case.
Contact us today to get experienced and skilled legal representation on your side.