According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2018, there were approximately 118,653 reported cases of violent crimes statewide, of which 1,324 were murders. Murder is a serious crime in Texas that has a severe penalty. If convicted, the offender could face life without the possibility of parole, hefty fines, and other social ramifications. Capital Murder can be punished by the death penalty.
If you are under investigation for murder or if you have been arrested and charged with a murder offense, it is important that you retain a highly-skilled and aggressive Texas criminal defense attorney immediately to build your defense strategy. That's why I am committed to offering comprehensive representation in violent crimes, manslaughter, homicide, and murder cases. As your criminal defense attorney, I will fight aggressively on your side to protect your rights, take your case to trial or help you negotiate a plea bargain, whichever is appropriate, and ensure that you get a fair hearing.
Rick Davis & Associates proudly serve clients throughout Bryan, Texas, and the surrounding areas of College Station, Anderson, Brenham, and Caldwell.
Overview of Homicide Charges in Texas
Under Section 19.01 of the Texas Penal Code, "a person commits criminal homicide if he knowingly, intentionally, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual." Criminal homicide is further classified into murder, capital murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide.
According to Texas Penal Code Section 19.02, a person commits the offense of murder if they:
- Intentionally or knowingly cause the death of another person
- Commit an act that is clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of another person
- Commit or attempts to commit a felony and in the process causes the death of an individual
Texas Penal Code Section 19.03 specifies that a person commits capital murder if they intentionally or knowingly:
- Murder a peace officer or fireman
- Commit an act of murder while committing kidnapping, robbery, burglary, arson, or aggravated sexual assault
- Commit an act of murder for remuneration or promise of reward
- Murder another person while incarcerated in a penal institution
- Murder an employee of the jail or prison while incarcerated
- Murder a person aged ten years old or younger
- Murder another person in retaliation for a judicial verdict