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Capital Murder & Homicide Defense

Violent crimes encompass a number of serious charges, including both murder and homicide, which are punishable by the death penalty. Regardless of what type of criminal charges you are facing, it is vital that you retain the service of a Dallas violent crimes attorney from the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC.

Criminal Homicide & Capital Murder in Texas

Instead of using the terms first and second degree murders, Texas classifies the these crimes as capital murder and murder, respectively.

A person commits murder if they:

  • Intentionally cause the death of another
  • Intends to cause harm
  • Does something dangerous to life that leads to death
  • Commits or attempts a felony offense that leads to a death

Capital murder follows the above elements but the crime is committed against an on-duty officer of fireman; during the commission of another offense, such as sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, or other serious offense; the alleged murderer was paid to commit the crime; the alleged murderer committed the crime while escaping prison or while in jail; there was more than one victim; the victim was a minor under six years old; or the victim is a judge who was killed in retaliation.

These capital crimes are punished by life in prison or the death penalty:


A first degree felony punished by five to 99 years in Texas prison and a $10,000 fine, murder is another serious crime with nuanced charges. For example, an arrest can be reduced to a second degree felony for a variety of factors, including crimes that are carried out in the heat of a moment.

Our Dallas violent crimes attorneys will always aim to argue a lower sentence on your behalf.

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Manslaughter, a second degree felony, and criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, can result in penalties of prison for 2 to 20 years and 180 days to 2 years, respectively. Manslaughter involves the reckless death of another, while negligent homicide results from one deviating from normal standards of care to lead to a death.

To prove either, state prosecutors must prove the evidence against you beyond reasonable doubt. Even if they fail to do so, you may still be found guilty on other or lessened charges. Both of these accusations are seen in court before a jury, which is why it is vital that you seek professional representation from an experienced Dallas violent crime attorney.

Serious Defense against Complex Violent Crimes Charges

If you are facing a violent crime, contact an experienced Dallas violent crime defense attorney who can help protect your legal rights. At the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, we know how to build a strong defense against false allegations.

Call our office to schedule a consultation at (214) 238-9392. We answer our phones 24/7 for emergencies.


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