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The Texas Criminal Defense Attorney You Need When Charged With Murder

Last updated on June 24, 2024

Murder charges are among the most serious anyone can face. As a defendant, you are cloaked in the presumption of innocence – but that may not feel like much when the weight of the entire state is against you.

Since 2014, the lawyers at Valenzuela Law Firm have defended clients in El Paso with tenacity, strength and uncommon skill. With an award-winning Yale graduate with recognition in the Super Lawyers list, our firm has earned a reputation for excellence in both Texas murder trials and criminal appeals – and we get results.

Understanding Murder Charges In Texas

Section 19.02 of the Texas Penal Code defines murder in the following ways:

  • Intentionally causing the death of another person
  • Intentionally causing another person serious bodily injury and causing their death as a result
  • Causing the death of another during the attempt or commission of a felony, other than manslaughter, (a crime with is referred to as “felony murder”)
  • Knowingly manufacturing or delivering certain drugs to someone who then dies as a result of contact with or use of the drug (called the “fentanyl murder rule”)

Murder charges can also be split into first-degree murder, which requires premeditation and intent, and second-degree murder, which are crimes of passion that require intent but no premeditation.

If convicted of first-degree murder, you face between five and 99 years in prison (or life in prison) and a fine of $10,000. If convicted of second-degree murder, you face a $10,000 fine plus two to 20 years in prison. It is critical to have an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney advocating for you.

When You Need A Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Handles Murder Cases, Call Us

If you have been charged with a Texas murder, “not guilty” are the only words you want to hear at trial. You need an aggressive, experienced attorney to protect your interests at every turn. Call Valenzuela Law Firm at 915-292-3173 or contact us online to get started on your defense early. Whether you have already been charged or are still under investigation for a homicide, you cannot afford delays in action.