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When a life is lost in our society, a criminal case often is filed even when the police believe that the person who caused the death was justified in his actions. In fact, the law enforcement community faces tremendous pressure to charge somebody for the crime even when hard to determine who committed it. A charge or allegation for murder or manslaughter can have life-altering effects on an individual.

Why Choose the M|C Criminal Law Legal Team?

Choosing Exceptional Representation Can Change the Trajectory of An Event Where Someone Died.  

Most criminal attorneys have never walked an accused person out of this type of allegation back into their lives, but we have—multiple times. With more than 30 years of criminal experience and 300 trials between us, we have handled hundreds of these cases as prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. We can analyze and attack these kinds of criminal prosecutions, knowing the issues involved as well as many of the prosecutors and judges. Understanding the prosecutor’s mindset and the weaknesses of these types of allegations, our firm has achieved great results in many cases—including reductions to lesser charges and dismissals—often keeping the allegations from ever becoming public.

Advocates Who Listen, Defenders Who Fight:

MC Criminal Law is committed to providing extensive, personalized attention. Unlike law firms that depend upon high volumes of cases, we choose to work with few clients for exceptional results. If that sounds like what you are looking for, we are an ideal firm



Types and Levels of Offenses Involving Murder and Manslaughter

The most serious charge in Texas is capital murder. When defending a murder charge, there are times when a lower degree offense (called a “lesser included” offense) involving some, but not all, of the elements of murder can be considered by prosecutors, judge, or jury. For this reason, we have included the information for a range of lesser included offenses to murder or manslaughter.

Class A Misdemeanor – Up to 1 year in jail and up to $4,000 fine

Deadly Conduct – By recklessly putting another person in danger of serious bodily injury

State Jail Felony – Up to 2 years and not less than 180 days and up to $10,000 fine

Criminally Negligent Homicide

Third Degree Felony – 2 to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 fine

Deadly Conduct – By knowingly discharging a firearm in the direction of a person or habitation

Second Degree Felony – 2 to 20 years in prison and an up to $10,000 fine


First Degree Felony – 5 years to 99 years or Life and up to $10,000 fine


Capital Felony – Life without Parole or Death

Capital Murder


When you are accused of a criminal offense, nothing speaks louder than the results an attorney earns. Here are a few examples of results we have received in recent cases:

Murder—Case Dismissed

Client was indicted for murdering a man who had raped a female friend of his. We reexamined the testimony of the witnesses and found that his alleged actions could not cause the injuries indicated in the autopsy results. We developed evidence that the deceased may have been assaulted by someone else prior to contact with our client. The case was eventually dismissed and our client cleared of all charges.

Manslaughter—Case No-billed

Client was driving at a high rate of speed (according to the police report) in a construction zone when he hit and killed a jogger. We were able to establish that the speed he was driving could not be scientifically verified and was exaggerated by police reports. We also showed that the jogger had unlawfully entered the roadway in the dark, leaving no opportunity for our client to avoid the accident. The case was presented to the grand jury and no-billed.

Manslaughter—Case Reduced and Sentenced to Probation

Client was a bartender who overserved an intoxicated person, and that person later died in his home. The DA’s office accepted the case as a misdemeanor for serving an intoxicated person an alcoholic beverage. Client was eventually sentenced to probation.

Manslaughter—Case Reduced

Client had a previous criminal record that would not allow him to possess a gun. He had been threatened earlier in the night and believed someone might be trying to assault him at home. He shot at a person he believed to be an attacker and accidentally killed a fellow housemate. Documented for the prosecutor the credible threats that client had received and negotiated a reduction to probation on a criminally negligent homicide charge.

Murder*/Aggravated Assault by a Police Officer—Not Guilty by Jury at Trial

Client was a police officer who responded to a suspicious person call regarding two people in an automobile. Despite the officer’s repeated commands, the two people in the car refused to exit the vehicle or show their hands. Our client saw the vehicle reverse in the direction of other officers and shot to defend his fellow officers. This case went to jury trial where we cross examined the government’s witnesses and provided our own. We were able to show that the officer’s conduct was justified under the law. Our client was acquitted of all charges and went home to his family.

*Case was filed as an aggravated assault by a police officer because it is easier for the prosecution to then prove murder, and it carries the same punishment range.


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