Causing another’s death, even if accidental, may result in criminal homicide charges. According to Texas Penal Code Chapter 19. Criminal Homicide, a person commits this offense if he “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual.”
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death and whether it is deemed related to recklessness or negligence as opposed to intentional or knowing acts, a person may face anywhere from 2 years to life in prison, or even the death penalty in some cases.
Everything may be at stake in the face of criminal homicide charges. You cannot afford to settle for sub-par legal representation. You need a top-tier firm that knows the law and has real results in the most complex and challenging cases. You need Thiessen Law Firm. With our experience and our track record of success (which includes over 100 not guilty verdicts), we are qualified to protect your interests.
Waste no time in consulting an attorney after an investigation, charge, or arrest related to homicide. Call (713) 864-9000 or contact us onlineto schedule your free case evaluation.
The Four Types of Criminal Homicide & Their Penalties
There are four types of criminal homicide defined under Texas Penal Code:
- Murder (felony of the first degree), punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Capital murder (capital felony), punishable by death or life imprisonment
- Manslaughter (felony of the second degree), punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Criminally negligent homicide (state jail felony), punishable by 180 days to 2 years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Talk to a Houston Criminal Homicide Attorney at Thiessen Law Firm
Successfully challenging homicide charges is no easy task. You are dealing with a situation where prosecutors and law enforcement personnel will stop at nothing to secure a maximum penalty against a person they believe is responsible for another’s death. You need someone in your corner to assert your constitutional rights to the fullest extent.
At Thiessen Law Firm, we know we are your last line of defense. We put our heart and soul into defending each of our client’s rights and will treat you like family. We will counteract the most aggressive strategies meant to put you behind bars. We will work to make you whole again.
Contact our offices at (713) 864-9000 today for your free consultation. Our attorneys are here 24/7 to take your call.