Any criminal charges filed against a defendant will almost certainly affect his or her life. This is especially true if serious and severe criminal charges are filed that carry the possibility of significant jail time and/or a substantial monetary fine.
If you are facing criminally negligent homicide charges, reach out to a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer immediately. Defense attorneys in San Antonio, TX, can review the facts of your case and determine what your options are.
Contact the team at Austin Hagee Law Firm, PLLC today so our San Antonio defense lawyers can get to work on your case.
Understanding Criminally Negligent Homicide Charges
Besides the worries and uncertainties of a future criminal court trial, and the anxieties caused by the possibility of a jury handing down a guilty verdict, the recently-charged defendant faces a slew of immediate problems that must be dealt with and addressed.
These include the following serious issues:
- The sudden potential loss of a job and a steady stream of income caused by negative publicity about the arrest
- Difficulty in obtaining new, alternative employment
- The possible loss of housing
- Rising family tensions caused by the looming uncertainties, tensions, and disruptions of the arrest and criminal charges
- A probable loss of prestige, respect, and support among neighbors and acquaintances
- Severe financial problems that may last for years in the future and may never be overcome
- Other problems that develop and become more pronounced in the wake of the arrest and the filing of criminal charges
Life will instantly become more difficult. An individual who has been arrested and charged with a serious criminal offense should know that all of these problems might take years to fix, if they can be fixed at all.
The individual should also know that a criminal conviction will remain permanently on his or her record, always ready to cause problems in the future.
As one of four types of murder charges set forth in the Texas Penal code, a charge of an arrest for criminally negligent homicide is serious. Due to the severity of the charge, which involves the loss of human life, and the potentially significant penalties that an individual will face if convicted, an arrest for criminally negligent homicide will affect a defendant’s life for the foreseeable future.
If you have been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, you must retain a skilled San Antonio homicide lawyer to defend yourself. At the Austin Hagee Law Firm, PLLC, our knowledgeable former prosecutors know how to fight for your rights and freedom. We will prepare a strategy for your defense and the potential dismissal or lessening of the charges against you.
Among the potential defenses we may employ are insanity, self-defense, and heat of passion or sudden passion. Depending upon the particular facts of your case, including the cause and manner of the death of the victim, we will tell you if any of these possible defenses can be effectively employed.
The presence of any potential defense is important because Texas state prosecutors will aggressively prosecute all homicide charges to the maximum possible extent, as they take all homicide charges very seriously.
At the Austin Hagee Law Firm, PLLC, we will analyze the evidence collected against you and conduct an independent investigation, utilizing a forensic investigator if necessary. That includes interviewing witnesses and others who might have knowledge of your case.
We will also negotiate with prosecutors to see if a plea deal can be reached, while at the same time vigorously preparing for trial. Call us at 210-500-3700 to schedule a free consultation, so we can analyze and evaluate your case.
What is Criminally Negligent Homicide?
Criminally negligent homicide is the least severe of the four types of criminal homicide crimes listed in the Texas Penal Code. As such, while still significant, the penalties for a criminally negligent conviction are less than for capital murder, murder, or manslaughter.
Put in simple terms, an individual will be charged with criminally negligent homicide if his or her actions led to or caused the death of another individual through negligence and a failure to take the ordinary precautions that a reasonably careful person should have taken.
If you are facing a charge of criminally negligent homicide or have already been charged with this offense, you are facing a significant, immediate disruption to your life that will impact you and your family. Thereafter, you will face a trial and potential jail time if you are convicted.
For these reasons, it is imperative that you select a competent, capable San Antonio homicide attorney who has a proven record of success in the Texas criminal court system.
You need to retain attorneys who will tirelessly work for you, have experience in defending criminally negligent homicide cases, and who will challenge the admissibility of inappropriately obtained evidence.
Facing Criminally Negligent Homicide Charges in Texas? Contact our San Antonio Homicide Lawyer
The skilled and experienced attorneys at the Austin Hagee Law Firm, PLLC, possess all of these qualities and are poised to help you. Call them at 210-500-3700 for a free consultation. Take advantage of their knowledge of the law. You will not be disappointed.