If you’ve been charged with assault, murder, or other violent crime, you face the real possibility of spending years or decades in prison and/or probation. You will also be burdened with a permanent criminal record, which may interfere with your ability to get a job, rent a house, or obtain professional licenses. A murder and assault lawyer in Allen can help you fight these charges.
Criminal defense attorney Randall Isenberg has more than 30 years of experience as a felony prosecutor, state court judge, and criminal defense lawyer. Our legal team will fight for your freedom and your future.
For a free consultation, call us today at 214-696-9253.
The Penalties for Murder & Assault in Allen
The prosecutor will file criminal charges based on his discretion and the circumstances of your case.
Penalties for Assault
Assault charges range from a Class A misdemeanor to a second- or third-degree felony. The maximum potential penalties for each of these charges are as follows:
|Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in jail|
|Third-Degree Felony||Up to 10 years in prison|
|Second-Degree Felony||Up to 20 years in prison|
If you have prior criminal convictions or if there are any aggravating circumstances in your case, you will face even more severe penalties.
The prosecutor may pursue misdemeanor charges for simple assault. However, you will likely face felony charges if the victim falls into any of the following categories:
- Police officers or sheriffs (even those working in a private capacity)
- Emergency medical technicians
- Public guardians
- Security guards
- Spouses (will bring domestic violence charges)
- Domestic partners
- Romantic partners (past or present)
- Family members (biological or in law)
You may face second-degree felony charges if you had a weapon in your possession during the commission of a crime, even if you did not brandish or use the weapon. Depending on the circumstances, the prosecutor may include additional charges and potential penalties.
Penalties for Murder
Offenses that fall under this statute include manslaughter, criminal homicide, criminally negligent homicide, murder, and capital murder. For murder charges, the prosecutor must prove that you intentionally caused the death of another person.
Murder carries first-degree felony charges, punishable by:
- 5 years to life in prison
- $10,000 fine
You will be charged with capital murder and be ineligible for parole if you kill a police officer or first responder, commit multiple murders, or kill for hire. Some capital murder offenses carry the death penalty.
Let A Murder & Assault Lawyer in Allen Protect Your Legal Rights
You can secure your rights with a criminal defense lawyer at your side.
We will aggressively defend you against serious assault and murder charges. Our primary goal is to get your charges reduced or dismissed. So, don’t wait. Contact us, so we can get to work immediately to build a strong case for your defense.
Our services to you include:
Answering Your Questions & Explaining Your Options
The police and prosecutor are primarily focused on getting a conviction. So, they may not always provide the answers you need to make informed decisions. Our legal team will ensure you understand what your charges could mean for your future. We will help you explore your options, so that you can make the best choices.
Investigating Your Case & Building a Strong Defense
Our team will investigate the alleged offense and document your case. We will look for any potential violations of your rights or mistakes made by the police or crime lab. Any problems we identify will help bolster your defense.
Negotiating to Get Your Charges Reduced or Dismissed
Depending on the results of our investigation, we will negotiate with the prosecutor and file motions with the court to get your charges reduced or dismissed. The prosecutor must meet a high burden of proof to obtain a conviction. Consequently, any problems we identify can potentially motivate the prosecutor to offer a plea bargain.
We will stand by your side throughout the legal process, supporting you and working tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
Potential Murder & Assault Legal Defense Strategies
We will choose our legal defense strategies based on the facts and evidence in your case. Below are some of the most common approaches we use to defend against criminal assault and murder charges:
Legal Rights Violations
This includes illegal search and seizure, the failure to advise you of your legal rights at the time of your arrest, and the failure to provide you with a speedy trial.
Self-defense and Defense of Others
If you acted out of fear for yourself, another person, or your property due to a perception of immediate danger or threat of force, we can argue that your actions were justified.
In the case of accidental injury or death, we can often incorporate this as a key component of our legal defense strategy.
If you have an alibi for the time of the alleged crime, we can use this as the basis of your legal defense.
The prosecution must prove all charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Our legal team will craft a criminal defense strategy to introduce as much reasonable doubt as possible.
Consult the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg as soon as you can, especially if the prosecutor has yet to file any charges against you.
Early intervention allows us to negotiate with the prosecutor to drop the charge or downgrade to a lesser charge.
Consult a Murder & Assault Lawyer in Allen Today for Free
Talk to the legal team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg before you make any decisions or give any statements. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation and case review. If the police currently have you in custody, we will come to you.
Contact us today at 214-696-9253 for help.