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 the 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, a 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.