Murder and ManslaughterThe Attorneys at Odom & Davis have a long history in defending against Murder and Manslaughter allegations
For the State to obtain a conviction for murder, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt one of three theories: 1) that the defendant intentionally or knowingly caused the death of an individual, 2) that the defendant intended to cause serious bodily injury, commits an act that is clearly dangerous to human life, and caused the death of an individual, or 3) the elements of the felony murder doctrine. Under most circumstances, murder is a first degree felony in the State of Texas with a punishment range of 5 to 99 years or life in the Texas Department of Corrections.
Murder cases can bring a large amount of specific and technical evidence that needs to be handled correctly to give the defendant a chance at a favorable outcome. It is common for DNA, multiple witnesses, ballistics testing, GSR testing, blood spatter, and intricate autopsies to play a major role in the prosecution’s murder case. You need a Criminal Defense Attorney that has handled these cases in the past, and knows how to examine this evidence to provide a clear view of the facts.
The Murder Attorneys at Odom & Davis have extensive experience in handling charges of murder and capital murder. Our criminal defense attorneys have built defenses around analyzing and interpreting all of the major evidence that will arise in a murder prosecution. This expertise and attention to detail is needed to insure that the defendant gets a fair trial, and gets placed in the best position possible at the resolution of their case.
To obtain a conviction for manslaughter, the State has to prove that a defendant recklessly caused the death of an individual. The major difference between manslaughter and murder is that you do not need intent to commit manslaughter. Manslaughter only requires recklessness – meaning that you were aware of an unjustified risk that a death could occur and consciously disregarded that risk. Manslaughter is a second degree felony in the State of Texas with a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
Manslaughter carries with it an extensive range of punishment. The State is also unlikely to dismiss these cases without competent counsel as the State will want to vindicate the wishes of the victim’s family. You need to hire a criminal defense attorney that has handled these types of cases, and has the respect of the legal community to insure that the you obtain the result that your case deserves. The Manslaughter Attorneys at Odom & Davis have handled numerous murder/manslaughter cases, and will fight to make sure that you are placed in the best position possible at the resolution of your case.
Aggressive and Experienced Defense
Murder and Manslaughter charges create serious, sensitive and technical cases to handle for defense attorneys. The prosecution will try its best to make sure that these allegations end in the conviction of the accused. You must hire a criminal defense attorney that has experience with murder and manslaughter cases, and is willing to make the State prove each and every element of their case.
Our Houston criminal defense attorneys at Odom & Davis have a broad knowledge of the law in this area, and have built successful defenses around that knowledge for over 30 years. This experience allows us to conduct our own investigations into the facts surrounding the allegations to be sure that the State can prove their case. You can be sure that we will fight for what is in your best interest from start to finish.
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