In Texas, a conviction for murder, assault, or another violent crime can put you behind bars for decades, if not for life.
A criminal defense lawyer in Rockwall can help you fight these serious charges. We can go to work quickly, protecting your legal rights and negotiating to have your charges reduced or dismissed. And, if you must go to trial, we can build a strong case in your defense.
In Rockwall, the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg works hard for the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today for help: 214-696-9253.
What Are the Texas Penalties for Violent Crimes?
In the Texas Penal Code (TPC), Chapter 12 outlines the nature of the charges, as well as the penalties for violent crimes. To give you a better idea of the penalty range of these crimes, we have detailed the penalties for assault (a minor violent crime) and murder (a major violent crime):
Texas Laws and Penalties for Assault
In Texas, charges for simple assault typically lead to Class A misdemeanor charges. The associated penalties include up to $4,000 in fines and one year in the county jail.
However, if the assault victim was a member of the offender’s family or household, the crime becomes a third-degree felony.
Assault also becomes a third-degree felony if the victim was a first responder, security guard, public employee, or an employee or guardian for the Texas family court.
A third-degree felony conviction means a fine of up to $10,000 and between two and 10 years in prison.
Aggravating circumstances may also elevate the severity of assault charges and penalties to second-degree felony status. A conviction for a second-degree felony charge means a fine as high as $10,000 and between two and 20 years in prison.
Texas Laws and Penalties for Murder
In Texas, murder is a first-degree felony offense. A conviction on first-degree felony charges means a fine of up to $10,000 and between five and 99 years (or life) in prison.
Committing murder for monetary gain (i.e., murder for hire), committing multiple murders, and killing a first responder (e.g., police officer, firefighter, EMT) can lead to capital murder charges, also making you eligible for the death penalty.
How Does Texas Law Define Assault and Murder?
The TPC lays out the details murder and assault charges and penalties in separate sections of the code.
Texas Assault Crimes
Title 5, Chapter 22 – Assaultive Offenses, defines this crime as follows.
- Intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with physical harm;
- Knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally causing another person physical injury; or
- Intentionally or knowingly engaging another person in physical contact the person would find “offensive or provocative.”
The statutes include the following crimes as assaultive offenses:
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated assault
- Child endangerment
- Child abandonment
- Injury to a child
- Injury to a disabled person
- Injury to an elderly person
Texas Murder Crimes
Title 5, Chapter 19 – Criminal Homicide, defines criminal homicide, which includes murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and capital murder.
- Knowingly or intentionally causing another person’s death;
- Causing another person’s death during the commission of an act intended to cause physical harm;
- Causing another person’s death during the commission of a felony; or
- Causing another person’s death while fleeing from a felony
How Can a Rockwall Murder and Assault Lawyer Help You?
When facing these serious criminal charges, your priority will be staying out of prison. A murder and assault lawyer in Rockwall at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg shares that goal and will work diligently for your future and freedom.
We will work to protect your legal rights through every step of the process. This means protecting you from improper actions of the police and bad deals that the prosecution may attempt to push through.
For any serious criminal charge, the prosecution must meet a high burden of proof. This gives us many options and opportunities to exploit weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Potential defense strategies that a murder and assault lawyer can use include:
- Illegal or improper handling of the evidence
- Illegal search and seizure
- The defense of others
All we must do is demonstrate reasonable doubt in some way to open the door for a dismissal of your case or a not-guilty verdict from a jury.
Do I Need a Lawyer if the Prosecutor Has Not Yet Filed Charges?
Yes. As soon as you learn you are under investigation for assault or murder in Rockwall, you need a lawyer. The window of opportunity between learning about an investigation and the filing of charges may be short.
However, if your murder and assault lawyer can get to the prosecutor in time, you may avoid ever facing charges.
The sooner you get us involved, the sooner we can scrutinize the evidence and identify weaknesses in the case. Once we present this evidence to the prosecutor or a judge, the lesser the chances that the state will proceed with your case.
Randall and his team may call on a variety of ballistics or forensics experts, interview witnesses, examine the evidence, and even recreate the crime scene, if necessary, to challenge your involvement.
Even if the prosecutor elects to proceed to trial, the groundwork laid by your attorney will serve as the basis for your defense in court.
Choosing a Murder and Assault Lawyer in Rockwall
To ensure the best possible outcome in your case, you need a lawyer who understands the complexity of the Texas legal system. You need a criminal defense attorney who will use his knowledge and insight for your benefit and fight tirelessly for your future.
Attorney Randall Isenberg has more than three decades of experience as a criminal defense lawyer as well as a state district court judge and chief felony prosecutor. In fact, Randall is board certified in criminal defense by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg offers complimentary consultations and case reviews, to help you make informed choices about your case. Contact us today to schedule your appointment: 214-696-9253.