Aggressive Dallas Murder Defense Lawyers
There are many criminal offenses under state and federal law. It goes without saying that murder is the most serious of those offenses, and anyone suspected or accused of murder is in sincere jeopardy.
The stakes for your future could not be higher. Your life is on the line. You need to take the right course of action, and you need to take it now.
By choosing an experienced and aggressive law firm, you could defeat the murder charges in your case. You could go home free. You could put this nightmare behind you. But it’s an uphill battle, and the ball begins in your court.
Oberheiden, P.C. is a private Texas law firm that provides aggressive and strategic criminal defense for people charged with serious state or federal crimes in Texas (and beyond).
We understand that the facts aren’t always what they seem. Murder is terrible and tragic. But false accusations and wrongful convictions are tragedies all their own.
Make no mistake: False allegations, false arrests, and wrongful convictions happen all the time in murder cases. Prosecutors and police are under incredible political pressure to solve murder cases quickly and put the offenders behind bars. The public demands justice, and the authorities want to appease them. Too often, that means a rush to judgment or a violation of the defendant’s legal rights.
The government doesn’t get to trample on your rights, though. No matter what the prosecutor thinks you might have done, the Constitution protects your rights above all else. When the state or federal government violates the law, we will hold them accountable.
There are many defenses to a murder charge in Texas, and we are prepared to aggressively pursue each available defense with the overarching goal of getting these charges dropped.
If that can’t happen, we will take a firm stand against each element of the crime and fight the state at every turn, doing everything in our power to produce the best possible outcome for your future.
An aggressive law firm can make a real difference. That’s what we offer you.
If you’re facing a murder charge in Texas or in the federal system, you need to take urgent action to defend yourself. Please contact our Dallas murder defense lawyers right away.
Defining Murder in Texas
Each state defines homicide differently, so it’s important to make sure that you’re working with the right set of definitions.
In Texas, there are generally four kinds of criminal homicide:
- Capital murder
- Intoxication Manslaughter
Capital murder is reserved for the worst cases, usually involving an aggravating factor that the state considers especially dangerous or morally heinous. Capital murder cases are eligible for the death penalty.
Manslaughter, meanwhile, is a lighter charge than murder. It’s reserved for cases where the state can’t prove that the defendant intended to kill anyone but, rather, that the defendant’s reckless behavior caused a death. Intoxication manslaughter applies specifically to drunk driving deaths.
The bulk of this web page will center on the second item in the list above, the murder charge in Texas.
Murder is defined as knowingly and intentionally causing the death of another person – or committing an act that is clearly dangerous to human life while intending to cause serious bodily injury, and such injury causes death to another person.
The intent element is key. The prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to kill the victim (or that you intended to cause serious bodily injury while clearly endangering his or her life).
While we have many legal defenses available to us as Dallas murder defense lawyers, it is this intent element that often proves debilitating to the prosecution’s case. Remember: The state has the burden of proof.
What Are the Penalties for Murder in Texas?
Murder is classified as either a first-degree or second-degree felony in Texas, depending on the circumstances of your case. In either scenario, the consequences are severe. Those convicted of first-degree murder could spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Sensitive and Compassionate Representation
We understand how sensitive and emotionally challenging these cases can be. You may feel like the scorn of the whole world is against you. The public tends to rush to judgment from the moment an allegation is made, regardless of whether you’re guilty.
You might also have family members, friends, community members, or employers whose feelings and perspectives you care about. We understand.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we offer compassionate and judgment-free legal representation. We believe in our clients, and we’re here to help them.
While our primary task is to defeat the criminal charges and send you home as a free person, we also believe in doing whatever we can to defend our clients’ reputations. Your good name matters to us.
Contact Our Dallas Murder Defense Lawyers
Don’t waste any time. Please contact the experienced and aggressive Dallas murder defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. today by calling 1-888-727-5154. We’re here to help.