Houston Murder Lawyer


Defending those Charged with Homicide in Texas

Criminal homicide is defined under Chapter 19 of the Texas Penal Code. According to Texas law, “A person commits criminal homicide if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual.”

A conviction for criminal homicide can destroy your family, your career, and your life. You need an attorney who believes in your rights and will aggressively defend your case.

Attorney James Alston is a staunch advocate for his clients, always fighting to get the most favorable outcome in their cases. He is an experienced trial attorney who isn’t afraid to litigate cases against the toughest prosecutors.

When your life is at stake, you need an attorney with results you can trust. Contact James Alston Law today for a free consultation.

Types of Murder Charges in Houston

Murder: Generally charged as a first-degree felony, a murder occurs when a person “(1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual.” A prosecutor may also seek murder charges if a person “(2) intends to cause serious bodily injury and commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual;” or (3) causes death during the commission of a felony or an act clearly dangerous to human life.

Manslaughter: Pursuant to Section 19.04 of the Texas Penal Code, manslaughter is defined as when a person “recklessly causes the death of an individual.” Manslaughter is charged as a second-degree felony under Texas law.

Capital Murder: Chargeable as a capital felony, capital murder depends on the circumstances of the homicide. Prosecutors will seek capital murder charges if the victim is a police officer within the course of duty, the homicide is intentional and committed during a felony, the person is incarcerated and murders an employee of the penal institution, or the murder is done in retaliation.

Criminally Negligent Homicide: According to Section 19.05, a person commits criminally negligent homicide “if he causes the death of an individual by criminal negligence.” Criminally negligent homicide is charged as a state jail felony.

Defending Murder Charges in Houston

There are a number of defenses that can arise in a Houston Criminal Homicide case, including adequate cause and sudden passion. Even if you are charged with manslaughter, your entire life can be ruined through a conviction. You need to act fast to protect your rights and your future.

Attorney James Alston is a former state and federal prosecutor, who will fight for you. He is board-certified in criminal law practicing out of both state and federal courts. Over the course of his 25-year legal career, he has been recognized as one of the most formidable attorneys in Houston. Contact James Alston Law today at (713) 228-1400 to schedule a consultation and get the answers you need.