Sugar Land Manslaughter Defense Lawyer

Texas Manslaughter Charges

Homicide is divided under law into two major categories, murder and manslaughter. The primary distinction is whether the killing was done with "malice aforethought," meaning that it was planned ahead of time, or if it occurred as an accident or in the heat of the moment. A common strategy in defense cases for murder charges is to seek a reduction of the charge to manslaughter, but make no mistake-it is a major offense in its own right.

The prosecution will make allegations of manslaughter if you are accused of killing another person, either in an accident where you were at fault or intentionally but without malice aforethought, which is known as voluntary manslaughter. This includes crimes of passion. As an example, a man who kills his wife's lover immediately upon discovering the affair may be charged with voluntary manslaughter, whereas if the prosecution believes there is evidence that the scorned husband carefully and thoughtfully considered his actions before killing, he will probably face murder charges.

Understanding Texas Law

Involuntary manslaughter involves a homicide committed accidentally. A common example is intoxication manslaughter, which will be charged in cases of DWI where the offending driver killed a passenger, driver or pedestrian while driving drunk. Manslaughter of any kind is a felony offense, and if you are convicted you may be sent to prison and forced to pay steep fines. You will also have a criminal record that will follow you for years into the future. If you take action now and speak with an experienced Sugar Land criminal defense attorney from our team about the case, you may be able to prove your innocence or have the case dropped.

Enlist Aggressive Defense for Your Case

Khawaja Law Firm PLLC is dedicated to defending the rights of individuals who have been charged with crimes, and we know how frightening it can be to find yourself accused. Manslaughter is a major offense, and you must do anything possible to clear your name. You can receive a consultation and learn more about what to expect. When you know your rights and have an aggressive attorney on your side, your chances of a successful outcome are immensely improved.

Contact Khawaja Law Firm, PLLC for powerful defense against manslaughter charges in Harris or Fort Bend County.

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