Homicide, Manslaughter, Murder Lawyers in Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas
If you or a loved one has been charged with any form of homicide, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. With the increase in social media, the public often rushes to judgment, sometimes before criminal charges are ever filed. If convicted, a person could face life in prison without the possibility of parole or even the death penalty. It is critical to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you and your rights.
At Westfall Sellers, we have earned a reputation for providing an aggressive homicide defense. Our attorneys have successfully handled cases ranging from criminally negligent homicide, to intoxication manslaughter, all the way up to capital murder where the death penalty was sought. We understand the legal intricacies that, unfortunately, can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
Four Types of Homicide Under Texas Law
Texas Penal Code § 19 defines the four types of homicide. Homicide simply means unlawfully taking the life of another. Certain aspects and variables dictate the category of homicide prosecutors may charge. The four types of homicide are:
- Murder — Knowingly or intentionally causing the death of an individual, or intending to cause serious bodily injury and committing an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes an individual’s death.
- Capital Murder — The murder of a public servant while acting in their official duties, committing a murder in the course of committing other certain felonies (like aggravated sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping), hiring or offering to hire someone to commit murder (remuneration), murdering more than one person, or murdering someone under the age of 10.
- Manslaughter — Recklessly causing the death of an individual, or by reason of intoxication causing the death of an individual (intoxication manslaughter).
- Criminally Negligent Homicide — Causing the death of an individual by engaging in criminally negligent conduct.
Experienced Murder Defense Lawyer in Tarrant County, TX
The lawyers at Westfall Sellers know how to help. We have won Not Guilty verdicts from juries in all types of homicide cases. We utilize a team of investigators and expert witnesses to assist in defending you and your rights. We also have the capability of conducting our own jury research to see how the community feels about the facts of your murder case. By using these resources, we have convinced prosecutors and grand juries not to even file charges at all.
Free Consultation • Murder & Manslaughter Attorney in Dallas & Fort Worth
If charged with murder or manslaughter, you need a skilled, savvy trial lawyer. Stay silent. Do not talk to law enforcement until you have contacted the lawyers at Westfall Sellers.