For Those Charged With a Crime
Legal Defense If Charged With Murder
Defending Your Rights in Court
Murder is the most serious criminal charge levied in the State of Texas. Ramifications of a guilty verdict for murder can include lifelong prison sentences that irrevocably change the lives of the convicted. If you face a murder charge in Texas, you need to act with a sense of urgency by contacting a Texas licensed criminal defense lawyer that has compiled an impressive record of defending clients against murder charges.
Criminal Defense Attorney Adam Capetillo understands the seriousness of a murder charge. His defense team meets with clients to determine the best course of legal action and most importantly, which of the many legal defenses available, is the right one to use for your case.
Overview of a Murder Charge in Texas
For the State of Texas to receive a conviction for the charge of murder, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt a defendant “intentionally or knowingly caused the death of an individual.” Murder is also defined in Texas by three other events: “Causing the death of another even if the intent was to cause serious bodily injury, causing the death of another as a result of an act that was clearly dangerous and potentially deadly, or causing the death of another during the commission or attempt to commit a felony, or flight thereof.”
Murder cases often involve a substantial amount of evidence that is both specific and technical. Highly rated criminal defense attorney Adam Capetillo knows that in defending Murder charges, the Defense must look at every aspect of the case including the police investigation, physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, audio and/or video surveillance. Because a murder conviction in Texas can trigger a prison sentence that ranges from five years to 99 years, it is imperative you contact our law office if you face a murder charge.
Defending Murder Charges in Texas
“Beyond a reasonable doubt” represents the highest litmus test for proving guilt during criminal trials. Murder defendants can argue either they are innocent or insist the murder was justifiable. We prefer to focus on proving your innocence by planting the seed of reasonable doubt in the mind of at least one juror. Justified murder involves proving a defendant reacted in self-defense to a violent act perpetrated by the alleged victim.
We have several options for proving the innocence of our clients facing murder charges. Mistaken identity is sometimes a defense if you are charged with murder. We will call witnesses to the stand to argue that you were misidentified as the scene of the crime in order to prove your innocence. Adam Capetillo will also cross examine prosecution witnesses to poke holes in their stories.
Not every murder charge is indeed a murder. Self-defense, which can be argued through physical evidence, past history of the parties, injuries and placement of injuries by parties, is a powerful defense that can plant the seed of reasonable doubt required to return a not guilty verdict.
As the legal foundation of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights provides American citizens with several legal safeguards. Law enforcement agencies are not allowed to conduct illegal searches and seizures. They must also have probable cause to obtain search warrants. If we discover one or more violations of the Constitution in regards to your case, we will swiftly ask for a mistrial or use the information for your defense.
Violation of Miranda Rights
Any law enforcement officer who arrests someone on a criminal charge must read the following statement: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?” (Miranda Rights)
Under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution, you have the right not to incriminate yourself.
Work with a Highly Rated Criminal Defense Attorney
If you face a murder charge, you cannot afford to hire a legal novice legal team. You need to consult with a proven criminal defense attorney who specializes in successfully litigating murder cases. With murder trial experience, criminal defense lawyer Adam Capetillo knows when to use the right defense for exonerating clients of murder charges.