Murder & Assault Lawyer in McKinney
If you face violent crime charges, you need a murder and assault lawyer in McKinney who will protect your legal rights.
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we will help you navigate the complex Texas legal system and ensure that you understand all your options. If the state has already filed charges, we can work within the system to negotiate for a reduction or dismissal of the charges pending against you. If the prosecutor has not yet filed charges, our team will negotiate to potentially help you avoid going to trial for assault or murder.
Attorney Randy Isenberg has more than three decades of experience in the Texas criminal justice system. As a former state judge and chief felony prosecutor, he has unique insight into how the system works.
To put this extensive background and experience to work for you, contact our office at 214-696-9253.
How Much Time Will I Serve for an Assault or Murder Conviction?
The Texas Penal Code establishes the penalties for these and other violent crimes, most of which carry felony charges. If you have prior criminal convictions on your record, or if the prosecutor alleges aggravating circumstances in your case, you face the potential for decades—or even a life sentence—in prison.
Simple assault carries a Class A misdemeanor charge. Upon conviction for this offense, you will serve as long as 12 months in jail and pay a fine of up to $4,000.
A murder charge typically warrants a first-degree felony, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum potential sentence of life in prison, along with a $10,000 fine.
If your case involved any aggravated circumstances, such as having a weapon in your possession during an assault, the prosecutor can seek second-degree felony charges. Upon conviction of second-degree felony assault, you will spend between two and 20 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
If the assault victim was a first responder—a police officer, firefighter, or EMT—a security guard, or public employee, you will face third-degree felony charges. Likewise, you will face a third-degree felony if the assault victim was a family member, a current or former romantic partner, or a member of your household. Upon conviction for a third-degree felony, you will spend up 10 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
What Will a Lawyer Do to Help Me?
Unless you are willing to do the time associated with a violent crimes conviction, you must explore all your options for fighting these charges.
Prosecutors understand that someone facing an assault or murder charge can be desperate to make the problem go away. Consequently, they may offer what sounds like a good deal in exchange for a guilty plea. Before you answer any questions, give any statements, or make any choices that could affect your future and your freedom, it is imperative that you speak to a lawyer.
When you choose the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg to represent you, you will have the peace of mind that our legal team will protect your legal rights and do everything possible to fight for your freedom. We will ensure you understand the charges pending against you and lay out all of your options. We will answer your questions and help you make the best choices for your future.
For criminal charges—especially for violent crimes like murder and assault—the prosecutor must meet a high burden of proof to get a conviction. This means we have options for building an effective defense.
Our team will immediately go to work on analyzing the evidence in your case,
looking for any potential mistakes or violations of your legal rights. We can use these to negotiate with the prosecutor for a reduction or dismissal of your charges. If the prosecutor refuses to negotiate, we can build the strongest possible case to defend you in court.
What If the Prosecutor Has Not yet Filed Charges?
Contact our office as soon as you suspect that the police are investigating you for a violent crime. If you wait, you can put your future at risk.
When our legal team can take a proactive approach to potential murder or assault charges, it provides us the opportunity to work with the prosecutor to avoid criminal charges or compromise for a lesser charge. This also gives us a chance to identify potential problems with your case, which we can use to establish reasonable doubt of your guilt.
With an extensive network of resources at our disposal, we can explore forensic evidence, take witness statements, and identify violations of your legal rights at the hands of the police.
When faced with the potential of losing a case at trial, prosecutors often become much more willing to negotiate a favorable plea bargain. In some cases, they agree to forego charges completely.
Understanding Murder, Assault, and Other Violent Crimes in Texas
State law sets forth the definitions of assaultive offenses, which means threatening or intentionally harming another person, or engaging someone in a physical altercation for the purpose of provoking them to violence.
In addition to simple assault, the law also provides for criminal charges for violent crimes such as sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, injury to a child, injury to a senior, or injury to a disabled person. You will also face assault charges for abandoning or endangering a child.
State law also sets forth the definition of murder or criminal homicide. Related charges include manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and capital murder.
The basis for murder is intentionally causing a death and causing a death while committing an act intended to cause physical harm. You will also face murder charges if you cause a death in the process of committing a felony offense or fleeing from the commission of a felony offense.
If you kill for financial gain or cause multiple deaths, you may face capital murder charges, qualifying you for the death penalty. Likewise, knowingly or intentionally causing the death of a law enforcement officer or first responder will qualify for a capital murder charge.
Meet With a Murder and Assault Lawyer in McKinney for No Cost
To ensure you have the opportunity to speak with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible, the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg offers a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for individuals facing murder or assault charges.
Do not try to face this situation alone. Contact us today for help. If the police are currently holding you in custody, we can come to you to discuss your case and answer your questions.
Call our office at 214-696-9253 to get help from an assault and murder lawyer in McKinney.