Houston Violent Crime Defense: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
Violent crime includes illegal activities that cause extreme harm to someone. A victim of violence experiences trauma that is usually difficult or impossible to repair, and death is often the outcome of a violent attack. Texas law provides for strong penalties against crimes that cause harm. Members of a society have an obligation to do no harm to others, and everyone has a right to expect and receive respect as an individual. When anyone violates the rights of others by inflicting physical harm, the courts impose penalties that are equal to the offense.
Everyone has a right to an attorney who can prepare a defense for any crime, even the most violent ones, including these:
Considering Possible Punishments
Courts in Texas order punishments that are commensurate with the severity of an offense. Some facts that influence the court include these:
- Use of a deadly weapon
- An outcome of death or bodily injury to a victim
- A record of prior criminal convictions
- Age and physical ability of the victim
Conviction of a felony of the first-degree for murder can require a person to serve at least five years or as much as 99 years in prison. In addition, a judge may assess a fine of up to $10,000. A person who is convicted of a second-degree felony for manslaughter can go to prison for up to 20 years and face a fine of $10,000. Lesser offenses receive considerably less serious penalties.
Exploring Potential Defenses
The court can consider extenuating circumstances that surround the commission of a violent crime. A defense attorney determines the best line of defense for a person who must face the court. Some approaches include these:
- Mental illness
- Psychological influences
- Lack of specific intent
Talking to a Violent Crimes Attorney
Facing the court to account for actions that harmed another person requires a defendant to undergo extremely stressful conditions that have unpredictable outcomes. Attorney Gregory Tsioros has an outstanding record of successful defense of clients charged with violent crime. A native of Houston who fully understands Texas criminal law, Attorney Tsioros has the experience and the expertise to help clients pursue charges of lesser offense or even dismissal.
The Law Office of Gregory Tsioros offers a free case evaluation to all clients. Anyone who needs representation by an experienced and successful defense attorney may call 832-752-5972 to schedule a free consultation.