Murder and assault, two of the many violent offenses that the team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can defend against, require a tough defense. With any serious, violent offense, the consequences of a conviction can be dire. You could face thousands of dollars in fines, restitution, and long-term incarceration, among other penalties.
The key to effectively handling murder, assault, and other similar cases is early intervention by a murder & assault lawyer in Fort Worth. Getting legal help early on will allow the collection of evidence and the creation of a solid defense. You want to do everything you can to build the best possible defense to have the charges you face dismissed or reduced.
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we believe everyone deserves a strong defense, irrespective of the charges they are facing. For the legal help you need to fight your murder or assault charge, call our office at 214-696-9253 and speak to our team today.
What types of crimes does Texas consider “violent”?
A violent crime is one in which a person uses or threatens to use force against another person. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.”
Texas follows that same line of thinking and categorizes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as violent crimes in Texas.
When facing charges for any violent crime, you need a stonewall defense. Having tried capital murder cases in Texas state courts as a Senior Chief Felony Prosecutor and defense attorney and having presided over capital cases as a State District Trial Judge, Randall Isenberg understands the complexities of serious violent felonies. Led by his thirty years of criminal law experience, our firm is familiar with the strategic and evidentiary demands of the standard of defenses in homicide and assault cases
What are the penalties for murder and assault in Texas?
Violent crimes often have stiffer penalties than non-violent crimes, but penalties run the spectrum from offense to offense. Murder, for instance, one of the most severe types of violent crimes, is a first-degree felony, punishable by:
- A fine of up to $10,000; and
- A term of imprisonment from 5 to 99 years.
Capital murder, a more serious offense than murder, is a capital felony and is punishable by life imprisonment or death.
Assault is on the lesser end of the spectrum for violent crimes, in terms of severity and punishments. The state can charge you with a class A, B, or C misdemeanor, depending on the nature of the incident. This could mean:
- Between $500 and $4,000 in fines
- Up to 1 year in jail
Some offenses have mandatory sentencing standards, but often, the judge has a degree of discretion when it comes to determining a defendant’s sentence. The court will consider aggravating and mitigating factors, the defendant’s criminal history, whether the offender was particularly cruel, whether the offender acted under duress, and other elements.
When you work with our firm, Randall will work diligently to get the case dropped or obtain an acquittal. In instances where that is not possible, he will take measures to attempt to reduce potential penalties. This often involves bargaining with the prosecutor, bringing supportive evidence, and presenting your case in the best possible light.
What types of defenses can we use to fight my murder and assault charges?
There are numerous viable defenses we may use for your case, depending on the nature of your charges and the details surrounding the case. This includes both negative defenses (e.g., actual innocence) and affirmative defenses (i.e., where we do not deny that you committed the alleged act, but that you had a just reason for doing so or otherwise are not liable for the act).
We will examine the evidence against you; look for holes, weaknesses, or errors in the state’s case; and expose them. If there is not sufficient evidence to charge you or if the state collected the evidence illegally, e.g., unlawful search and seizure, the state will drop the case. If the evidence is weak, we can attempt to persuade the prosecution to make a deal for lesser charges/penalties.
Some of the defenses that may be appropriate for violent crimes include:
- Mistaken identity
- False accusations
- Intoxication (i.e., intoxication manslaughter)
Why should I work with the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg for my violent crime case?
Our criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg has the experience, resources, and tenacity needed to effectively defend against cases involving violent offenses. When you work with us, we will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your case
- Comb through the state’s case for flaws and weaknesses
- Find experts and credible witnesses to support your side
- Explore deals with the prosecutor
- Stand up for your rights during the criminal process
- Advise and advocate for you each step of the way
We know what a stressful time it is for our clients who are facing charges for assault, murder, and other violent crimes. That is why we dedicate ourselves to your case and give tireless attention to everything from gathering evidence and the pre-indictment to trial and sentencing. We have handled capital cases before, and we understand what is at stake in cases involving violent crimes.
Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at 214-696-9253 to speak to someone about your case today.