Attempted Murder / Homicide
Attempted murder charges are serious accusations against a person that are highly based on supposed intent on the part of the defendant. Given the heavily subjective nature of this kind of charge, it is important that you are properly defended against the avenues of attack the prosecution will be using against you.
An experienced Houston criminal defense attorney can help you fight back in a criminal trial with evidence and strategies that can reduce your charges or have them dropped outright.
Houston Homicide Attorney
Attorney Matt Horak is dedicated to defending those who have been charged with serious violent criminal offenses like attempted murder and homicide throughout the greater Houston area. If you’ve been accused of attempted murder, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a competent and compassionate Houston criminal defense attorney.
Contact Horak Law today at (713) 225-8000 or via the online case evaluation form to discuss all the details of your case in a case evaluation.
Attempted Crime Penalties in Texas
As outlined in the Inchoate Offenses section of the Texas Penal Code (§15.01), the actions that constitute a criminal attempt include all of the actions that are involved in preparing for the offense and an actual failed attempt to commit said offense.
Attempted crimes are one degree of severity lower than the actual offense that was to be committed; thus, in the case of attempted murder, the charge would be a second-degree felony, since murder is a first-degree felony.
Attempted Homicide and Assault
The primary difference between an attempted homicide or attempted murder case and a simple or aggravated assault charge is the intent of the defendant. If it can be proven that the defendant didn’t intend to kill the victim, then the physical harm or damage that was done to the person could be considered simple or aggravated assault.
Understanding the difference between attempted murder and assault could be an important factor in determining how to attack your case. Speaking and consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable in both sides of criminal trials could make a significant impact in the results of your case.
Horak Law | Houston Attempted Homicide Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with attempted murder in the greater Houston area and are seeking a way to fight your charges, consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney can be the best option. Time is often a significant limiting factor in fighting the charges, so don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to begin the process.