Murder Charges

DFW Murder Charge Defense Attorney

MurderHomicide Crimes

Under Texas Penal Code 19, there are four categories of homicide crimes:

  1.  Murder, which occurs when someone does one of the following:

    • Intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another
    • Intends to cause serious bodily injury, commits an act dangerous to human life that causes the death of another
    • Commits/attempts a felony and commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of another

  2. Manslaughter, which occurs when someone recklessly causes the death of an individual.
  3. Criminally Negligent Homicide, which occurs when someone causes the death of an individual by criminal negligence.
  4. Capital Murder, which occurs when someone intentionally causes the death of an individual under various aggravating circumstances such as burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, or murder of a police officer or fireman or a child under 10 years of age.

Punishment for Murder

Homicide Crime Punishments in Texas
Murder5 to 99 years or Life and a fine up to $10,000
Manslaughter2 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
Criminally Negligent Homicide180 days to 2 years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000
Capital MurderLife in prison or the death penalty

If you are convicted of murder, you will be on your way to prison. Neither the judge nor jury are allowed to give you a probated sentence. Murder is one of the most serious accusations that a person can face, and it is extremely important that you obtain a quality murder defense attorney to represent you at all stages of the prosecution.

Defenses Against Murder Charges

A person accused of murder has several legal defenses available depending on the facts of the case:

  • The evidence offered by the prosecution is insufficient to establish guilt
  • Self-defense
  • Self-defense of a third person
  • Protection of property
  • Necessity
  • Accident (lack of intent)
  • Mistaken identity
  • Alibi
  • Insanity
  • The evidence only proves a lesser offense and not murder

Any review of local newspapers will reveal that individuals accused of murder are either no-billed by a grand jury (a dismissal), found “not guilty” after a trial, or found guilty and given an extremely long prison sentence. The consequences are huge. Your future is at stake.

Hiring a Murder Defense Attorney

The most crucial time to hire a lawyer in a murder or other homicide case is as soon as possible after the incident occurs. Many defendants are reluctant to hire a lawyer immediately because of the the expense involved, or because they think that hiring a lawyer is an admission of guilt. Nothing could be further from the truth. The most costly errors are made during the early stages of a murder investigation or following an arrest when a lawyer is needed the most. 

The attorneys at the Sparks Law Firm have handled over 50 murder cases during the course of their legal careers. They have the knowledge and experience to represent you in one of the most serious situations you will ever find yourself. Your choice of an attorney can affect the rest of your life. Call Justin Sparks Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.

Charged With Murder? Call Justin!

If you have been charged with murder or any form of homicide, make sure you have an experienced attorney who can work with you to ensure that you have a strong defense on your side. Justin has served the citizens of Dallas/Fort Worth for over nine years and has successfully defended numerous clients! Call 817-334-0300.


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