Protecting The Accused
Accusations of murder and manslaughter are some of the worst criminal charges a person can face. A conviction of nearly any type of homicide can expose a person to the possibility of decades in prison – or, even worse, the death penalty.
If you have been arrested or are being investigated in connection with a homicide, it is imperative that you retain the services of an aggressive criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom and livelihood. At Kyle Law Firm, our lawyers understand the gravity of your situation and are prepared to fight tooth and nail to defend you against the prosecution’s claims.
Why choose our team of world-class advocates? Consider the following:
- Matt Kyle has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers for multiple years.
- We hold a “Superb” rating on Avvo.
- Steve Harkins is a board-certified specialist in criminal law.
- Our attorneys have more than 60 combined years of legal experience.
Call 830-620-9402 or schedule a free case evaluation today.
Murder Vs. Manslaughter In Texas
While both murder and manslaughter involve the unlawful killing of another human being, a conviction of murder can bring vastly more severe penalties than a manslaughter conviction in the state of Texas. To be charged with murder, a person must have knowingly and willingly caused the death of another person. This is known as “malice aforethought,” or the premeditated and conscious act of taking a life. On the other hand, manslaughter is the act of recklessly causing the death of another person, as in an auto accident or other mishap.
A conviction of murder can carry the following penalties:
- A first-degree felony criminal record
- Anywhere from five to 99 years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
Penalties for manslaughter can include:
- A second-degree felony criminal record
- Anywhere from two to 20 years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
A charge of murder may sometimes be escalated to capital murder under a wide range of aggravating circumstances, such as if the victim was a police officer, firefighter or child under six years of age. Capital murder is an offense punishable by death in Texas.
Regardless of the circumstances, any accusation of homicide is extremely serious and requires the skills of a knowledgeable attorney to be successfully defended against. Our lawyers can review the facts surrounding your case and craft a custom-tailored strategy on your behalf that exploits weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Your Future Is In Danger – Call Us Now
With stakes this high, it is imperative that you have a powerful advocate in your corner who can unbiasedly defend your rights and give you a fighting chance against the prosecution’s claims. At Kyle Law Firm, our New Braunfels violent crime lawyers are prepared to do everything within their power to ensure that no stone is left unturned in your defense. They truly believe that you are innocent until proven guilty, and they are committed to standing by your side every step of the way during this time.