Facing Murder Charges?

Dallas Criminal Lawyer Christy Harris Stands Ready to Defend Your Life

Photo of a murder sceneOften considered the most heinous of all crimes, Murder, or intentionally taking the life of another person, carries severe consequences under Texas law, including incarceration for life, and even the death penalty. As a result, you cannot risk your freedom by failing to enlist the services of an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney. Former Dallas County Prosecutor Christy Harris, who now focuses on representing her friends and neighbors throughout Dallas, is familiar with all phases of a murder case, from the police investigation to the jury verdict. Do not risk your freedom, or, ultimately, your life. If you find yourself at the center of a homicide investigation, Christy Harris can provide you with the defense that you need and deserve.

Types of Murder Under Texas Law

Texas law defines Murder as the intentional killing of another person. As is the case in many states, there are different degrees of Murder, which carry different penalties. First Degree Murder is the most serious type of murder, which involves the premeditated killing of another person. In other words, the perpetrator has planned in advance certain elements of the murder such as the location, the methodology and/or the victim. First Degree Murder can result in five to 99 years incarceration. Second Degree Murder, a less serious crime than First Degree Murder, involves intent to kill, but little or no premeditation of the crime. For instance, Second Degree Murder might occur in the context of an armed robbery. Third Degree Murder is the least serious degree of Murder, in that it involves no intent or premeditation. Rather, Third Degree Murder typically involves some negligent act that results in another person’s death, such as vehicular manslaughter.

Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide

When a killing is not intentional, bur simply the result of reckless behavior, the crime is Manslaughter rather than Murder. Manslaughter is a Second Degree Felony, which carries a sentence of incarceration from two to 20 years. Furthermore, when a death occurs due to criminally negligent behavior, Texas law provides for the crime of Criminally Negligent Homicide, which is a state jail felony. Criminally Negligent Homicide can result in a sentence of incarceration from 180 days to two years.

When Murder Becomes a Capital Crime

Murder becomes a capital crime in the state of Texas when it involves a police officer or firefighter, a jail guard while incarcerated, more than one victim or a child under the age of six. Murder can also be eligible for the death penalty if the murder occurs as an intentional act in the commission of a serious crime such as aggravated sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, robbery, in the context of murder for hire or while escaping from prison. Obviously, Capital Murder is the most serious of crimes, in that the perpetrator can face the death penalty.

Due to the potentially harsh penalties described above, anyone facing or who may face murder or manslaughter charges must take them extremely seriously. Murder or manslaughter charges, even if unfounded, can result in the loss of your reputation, the loss of your employment, the loss of your freedom and the loss of your life. If you or a loved one faces murder charges, you need to have the best defense available. Contact Dallas criminal attorney Christy Harris right away, and let her begin defending you in your murder case today.

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