Plano, Texas Murder Defense Attorney
Lawyer Aggressively Defending Clients Accused of Homicide in Collin County and the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
According to Texas law, a person commits a criminal homicide when he or she deliberately, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently causes the death of another person. Homicide is often considered the most reprehensible crime a person could commit. If you have been charged with murder, criminal homicide, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide, it is essential for you to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Attorney Darlina Crowder and the legal professionals at The Crowder Law Firm P.C. understand that any type of homicide charge is extremely serious. We also know that Texas is one of the relatively few states that still uses the death penalty for the most extreme cases. Our team has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of criminal law, including high-profile murder cases. We have the tools and resources to help you build a strong defense against murder charges.
Defending Against Murder Charges in Fort Worth
An individual commits murder when he or she:
- Purposefully causes the death of another person;
- Commits an action that presents a clear danger to human life with the intention to cause significant injury and the action results in death; or
- Causes the death of another individual while in the process of committing a felony or fleeing after the commission of a felony.
Murder that is prosecuted as a first-degree felony offense carries a penalty of five to 99 years or life in prison. A murder which takes place "under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause" may be considered a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
Capital murder occurs when an individual:
- Murders a police officer, fireman, or peace officer while they are performing their official duties;
- Murders a judge, magistrate, or another member of the judiciary;
- Intentionally commits murder in the commission of a felony;
- Murders someone for money or hires someone to commit murder;
- Commits murder while escaping or trying to escape jail or prison;
- Murders a victim aged 10 or under; or
- Commits multiple related murders.
In the state of Texas, a capital murder charge is prosecuted as a capital felony. This means it is a crime punishable by death or a life sentence in prison without any possibility for parole.
Manslaughter is a crime similar to murder which occurs when a person's reckless behavior causes another person's death. This second-degree felony is punishable by penalties including imprisonment up to twenty years. Criminally negligent homicide is a state jail felony offense which occurs when an individual causes another's death through criminally negligent conduct. It is punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
An Aggressive Attorney with Experience Defending Against Murder Charges
Attorney Darlina Crowder has the experience and legal knowledge you need when facing criminal charges for a violent crime. She has handled criminal cases involving murder and capital murder charges that have been covered by the national media. Because of her vast experience successfully managing violent crime cases, she will not buckle under pressure. Do not trust your freedom to just any lawyer. The Crowder Law Firm P.C. will stand up for your rights and help you defend yourself against murder, manslaughter, or homicide charges.
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If you or a loved one have been charged with a violent crime, contact our office right away to get the help you need. Call 214-303-9600 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case review. We serve clients in Plano, Fort Worth, Dallas, Garland, Denton, Frisco, McKinney, Collin County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County, Grayson County, and the neighboring areas. Se habla Español.