In our previous two posts we have talked about the differences between
the various types of homicide charges in Texas, including manslaughter,
negligent homicide, murder and capital murder. Anyone facing these charges
needs a skillful and aggressive defense.
There are any number of potential defenses in a homicide case. One line
of defense is a potential violation of the defendant's constitutional
rights. If the prosecution's case is based on a confession that was
coerced by police or obtained in violation of the defendant's right
to an attorney, the charges can be dismissed. Similarly, if the evidence
for the prosecution was seized in an unconstitutional search of the defendant's
home, person or vehicle, the unlawfully obtained evidence can be suppressed
before trial, weakening the prosecution's case.
A defendant facing homicide charges may claim that he or she was nowhere
near the scene of the crime, and that their arrest was based on a mistaken
identification by a witness. They may argue self-defense or insanity.
They may argue that the victim's death resulted from an unintentional
injury inflicted by accident.
In homicide cases the degree of mental culpability - intent, recklessness
or criminal negligence - is often a central issue. Attacking the state's
allegations of culpability can often result in a reduction or dismissal
of the charges before trial.
At the Law Offices of Jed Silverman we approach all
violent crime cases with relentless energy and the highest level of dedication to our
client's cause. We painstakingly investigate the facts to identify
the best possible defenses. We understand that our client's whole
future is at stake, and we are committed to fighting aggressively for