With the high stakes involved with any criminal charge, you need an experienced criminal trial attorney by your side. Attorney Shannon Drehner brings her years of experience as a chief felony prosecutor to defend you when you need it most. Don't wait, contact us today.
Houston Murder Defense Attorney
Get the Legal Representation You Need to Fight Your Charge
In Texas, depending on the circumstances, murder can be charged as a second- or first-degree felony. This means that if you've been accused and are convicted, a court can sentence you to decades in prison. The criminal allegations and the punishments can substantially alter the course of your life. That is why it's crucial to have sound counsel on your side throughout your case. You need someone who can aggressively defend you and can work toward helping minimize or avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction.
If you've been charged with murder in Houston, reach out to Drehner Law as soon as possible. These types of matters are serious and require thorough preparation and considerable resources to build a sound defense. Our lawyer is ready to expend the necessary time and effort to defend you. Backed by years of experience, including time spent as a former chief felony prosecutor, we know how to build and present aggressive and compelling legal strategies for even the toughest cases. Recognizing that facing a murder accusation can be extremely stressful, we will work closely with you to help understand the judicial process, potential outcomes, and your legal options.
We will be by your side every step of the way. Call us at (832) 558-7798 or contact us onlinetoday. Your initial consultation is free.
Texas's Murder Law
Texas Penal Code 19.02 enumerates three situations in which a person may be charged with murder.
These include causing the death of another:
- Intentionally or knowingly;
- While engaging in conduct that was intended to cause serious bodily injury; and
- While committing, attempting to commit, or fleeing from a felony (other than manslaughter)
If the person committed the murder because the alleged victim (or someone with the alleged victim) provoked them in such a way that they felt anger, rage, resentment, or terror, the offense is a second-degree felony. The penalties include imprisonment for anywhere from 2 to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
In all other circumstances, murder is a first-degree felony. A conviction may result in a prison sentence between 5 and 99 years and/or a maximum $10,000 fine.
Texas's Capital Murder Law
The punishments for a murder conviction are hefty, but they are not the most severe that can be levied in cases in which someone caused another's death. Texas also has a capital murder law, which is considered the most serious homicide offense.
Capital murder occurs when a person causes another's death under the following circumstances:
- The victim was a police officer or fireman carrying out their official duties;
The offense occurred while committing or attempting to commit:
- aggravated sexual assault,
- obstruction or retaliation, or
- terroristic threat;
- The offense was a murder for hire – the person accepting and/or the person offering payment may be charged;
- The defendant committed the crime while escaping incarceration;
- The offense involved the death of more than one person;
- The alleged victim was under 15 years of age; or
- The alleged victim was a judge or justice and they were selected because of their status
Capital murder is a capital felony. A person found guilty may be sentenced to life without parole or death.
Strategic and Intelligent Defense
Identifying weaknesses in the prosecutor's case and attacking their arguments requires a level of skill and knowledge that comes from extensive experience in the legal field. Our Houston murder defense lawyer has handled various criminal matters and has the know-how to effectively guide you through your case.
At Drehner Law, we will deliver the legal representation you need. Schedule your free consultation by calling (832) 558-7798 or submitting an online contact form.
Truly one of the hardest and most understanding lawyers that I have ever had.H. N.
She is very professional.A. Charco
My case dropped from a felony to a misdeamnor!M. Hicks