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Austin Murder Defense Attorneys

Preserving the Presumption of Innocence in All Criminal Defense Cases

Texas is known for harshly penalizing criminal offenders to the full extent of the law. Murder charges are predictably no exception. If you are accused of the serious violent crime of murder, the entirety of your future hangs in the balance. You need to take action to defend yourself and your rights.

To convict you for a degree or form of murder in Texas, it must be proven that:

  • You intentionally and knowingly caused the death of another;
  • You intended to cause egregious bodily harm to another through an action that was clearly capable of causing death; or
  • You committed or carried out a felony, excluding manslaughter, and another person lost their life due to that felony being performed.

The prosecution will jump at the chance to secure a murder conviction because it looks positive on their professional records. You need a defense team that acts with just as much zeal and even more focus. Call (512) 359-3743 to talk to Smith & Vinson Law Firm today. Our Austin murder defense lawyers never back down from a legal challenge. We are passionate about the protection of your constitutional rights, no matter the details of the charges and accusations.

There is no time to lose. Contact our criminal defense firm now.

Types of Murder Charges in Texas

There is no “second degree murder” charge in Texas, but instead just a “murder” charge. As a first degree felony, murder can be penalized with up to 20 years in state prison with no chance of parole, or many years of minimum incarceration before parole becomes an option. A murder conviction can also lead to up to $10,000 in fines paid to the state.

“First degree murder” is called “capital murder” in Texas. The key difference is that capital punishment, or the death sentence, becomes an option in sentencing. As long as you are 17 years or older, and the circumstances surrounding the alleged murder are egregious, your murder charges could be escalated to capital murder. You must protect yourself from this most severe of penalties.

Potential Defense Strategies for Murder Charges

Every criminal violation on the books is capable of being defended, even murder, which many argue is the most serious of all crimes. The evidential burden falls on the state, and it must be able to prove your actions meet all legal definitions of a “murder” before it can approve a conviction. Our Austin murder defense attorneys use this steep hill before the opposition to your advantage. Many murder cases are rushed to trial, creating holes in the arguments against the defendant. We find those weaknesses and exploit them.

Your murder defense strategy might involve proving you acted:

  • Without the intent to cause serious harm or death.
  • Without the knowledge of your own actions, perhaps due to insanity.
  • Due to heavy intoxication or impairment.
  • In self-defense, or the defense of another in immediate, real danger.
  • In the “heat of passion,” such as after being intentionally provoked.

Begin Your Murder Defense Case Today – Call (512) 359-3743 Now

You cannot lose time when you are being investigated for, accused of, or charged with murder in Texas. You have to act quickly because the prosecution is already at work. Get Smith & Vinson Law Firm and our esteemed Austin criminal defense lawyers in your corner. We will fight on your behalf, just as everyone deserves.

Initial consultations are FREE. Schedule one now.

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    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”

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    “I hired Brad Vinson to handle a legal matter and I could not have made a better decision! Brad was attentive, listened to the facts of the case, and strategized a plan that would lead to the best result possible. Brad was communicative, available, and ultimately delivered on what he stated he would do. During this process, there were no unexpected hiccups because Brad understands the law, and understands how to defend his clients. There is no doubt that I would recommend Brad and the whole team at Smith & Vinson to represent any individual that needs legal representation. The whole team is fantastic, and delivers fantastic results.”

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    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

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    “Having never been exposed to the criminal system, hiring an attorney was daunting task. Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action. Ultiamtely, Mr. Vinson was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement dispite many hoops and hurdles presented by the prosecuting county. I would highly recommend Smith and Vinson for representation in a criminal matter.”

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