Although considered as a rare occurrence, conviction of capital murder is one of the highest offenses in the country. Currently, capital murder is any murder and the only crime that warrants a sentence of the death penalty. At D'Amore Law Firm, we recently represented a client who was being tried for capital murder and facing the death sentence. Through hard work and determination, we were able to negotiate with the prosecution to reduce the charge to murder and agree to a plea bargain of 20 years in jail.
Texas is one of several states in the country to provide for the possibility of a death sentence, which means that all first degree murder charges are eligible to receive capital punishment. The key distinguisher between second and first degree murder comes down to the amount of premeditation that went into the act. First degree murder usually means that the act was planned substantially ahead of time and if the prosecution is able to provide such evidence, the defendant is subject to conviction of capital murder and the death penalty in states which provide it. Since Texas is one of those states, reduction from first degree murder to second degree is a significant achievement in terms of the well-being of the defendant.
At D'Amore Law Firm, we believe that all our clients deserve the best defense against their Dallas criminal charges. Whether or not they are guilty, we are dedicated to protecting their interests and their rights as residents of this country from infringement and unfair sentences. If you have been accused of a capital offense and you need the help of a
Dallas criminal defense attorney to get your charges reduced or dismissed, contact our firm today to discuss your case.