Texas Homicide Defense

Protecting Your Interests

Homicide encompasses a wide range of actions, from unintentional deaths resulting from negligence or accidents, to crimes of passion or premeditated killing. The web of laws surrounding homicide is very complicated as it is designed to protect the interests of the victims and their families, while avoiding prosecution of innocent parties.

Understanding Manslaughter

In Texas, the state does not formally differentiate between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. A charge of manslaughter is a second degree felony and can carry different penalties depending on the circumstances of the crime. These penalties can range from two to twenty years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.

Certain types of manslaughter are viewed separately than others. Manslaughter related to intoxication or by vehicle are two of these. If a person dies as the result of another person driving under the influence, or recklessly handling their vehicle, special circumstances attach.

Understanding Murder

Murder is the most serious form of criminal homicide and comes in two levels. In Texas, the levels of murder are capital murder and murder. A charge of murder means there was intent to kill or that the actor knowingly caused the death of another. Murder charges can be levied if the actor did not intend to kill, but intended to cause serious harm to the individual, or if the death occurred during the committing of another felony.

Capital murder carries a potential sentence of capital punishment (the death penalty) and generally requires proof that the death was intentional and premeditated. Premeditation need not mean months of planning; it simply means that the perpetrator decided consciously and ahead of time to kill the victim.

Other factors can raise a murder to capital murder, including:

  • Kidnapping
  • Child under the age of 6
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Retaliation
  • Terroristic threats
  • Arson
  • Retaliation

No matter the allegation, The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels is dedicated to defending your case to get you the best outcome possible.

Hire a Homicide Lawyer Immediately

If you are involved in a homicide, it is vital that you immediately contact a qualified criminal defense attorney. Only an expert attorney can protect you from the battering of questions you will receive from the prosecution and the police. If you are being interrogated by the police, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

If you need representation against a manslaughter or murder charge, we will be in your corner every step of the way to fight for your rights. Please call us today for a consultation.