Aggravated Assault & Murder in Texas

Houston Murder Defense Lawyer

In Texas, aggravated assault is defined as "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing serious bodily injury or using/exhibiting a deadly weapon in the course of committing any assault crime." Aggravated assault can be classified as either a first or second degree felony. If convicted of a second degree felony, you can face penalties that include up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. If convicted of a first degree felony, you can face penalties that include up to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

To learn more about the defenses available to you, call our firm to speak with a Houston criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC. We'll listen to your side of the story and conduct our own investigation to look for crucial evidence. Common defenses against murder and aggravated assault include self-defense, defense of a third party, mistaken identity, lack of intent, lack of a deadly weapon, lack of witness credibility, and more. You can count on us to fight for you no matter how tough the situation seems.

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Penalties for Murder in Texas

Murder is generally a first-degree felony and is punishable by a life sentence in prison. Because Texas allows the possibility of capital punishment, you may even receive a death penalty sentence under the most extreme circumstances. Your murder charge can be lowered to a second degree felony if it is established that the defendant was under the immediate influence of sudden passion.

What constitutes capital murder?

You can be charged with capital murder, a more serious offense, if any of the following factors are true:

  • The victim was a fireman, peace officer, judge or officer of the court
  • The defendant committed murder during a felony (such as kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, etc.)
  • The defendant was paid to commit the murder
  • The defendant committed the murder while trying to escape from jail or prison
  • The defendant purposefully caused the death of more than one individual during the criminal act
  • The defendant murdered a child under age 6

Don't risk your future. Call our Houston murder defense attorney!

The penalties for a capital murder can be life in prison or death. With charges this serious and your entire future at stake, you need a hard-hitting Houston violent crimes attorney. As a former prosecutor with extensive criminal trial experience and a proven record of successes, our Houston criminal defense attorney has what it takes to effectively defend you. We've got the resources, the passion, and the proven experience to be your advocate during this stressful time.

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