Federal First-Degree Murder Defense Lawyers
There is no crime that the law addresses more tougher than murder. Society collectively condemns unlawful killing in the strongest terms, and the state and federal governments reserve their harshest penalties for cases involving criminal homicide.
The law doesn’t treat each case of criminal homicide equally, however. A premeditated murder, for example, is generally considered worse than a killing that happens in the spur of a moment.
Those different degrees of murder can become confusing. Making matters more complicated, each state uses its own categories and terminology. The federal system has its own set of rules and laws, too.
At Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP, we represent clients accused of serious crimes at the state level in Texas, as well as defendants facing federal criminal charges throughout the entire United States.
This web page will help you understand the law on murder, including the most serious kinds – capital murder in Texas and first-degree murder in federal court.
With either charge, it is important to understand just how high the stakes are. Prosecutors do not hold back in murder cases. They have tremendous power, and they will stop at nothing to put you behind bars for as long as possible.
You need the best criminal defense available. You should contact the federal murder defense attorneys at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP today.
Our legal team is ready to fight these charges, with the clear goal of getting them dropped whenever possible. We want the best possible outcome for your future, and that is exactly what we’ve achieved for so many clients in the past.
The reality is that police are desperate to solve missing person and murder cases, and they frequently point their fingers in the wrong faces.
You might have found yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nevertheless, any allegation of wrongdoing in the context of murder can ruin the rest of your life.
Let us fight for you. We’re good at what we do, and we believe that we can make a real difference in your case. Call the federal murder defense attorneys at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP as soon as possible.
The Crime of Capital Murder in Texas
Under Texas criminal law, capital murder is the most severe category of criminal homicide. It is reserved for the most morally objectionable cases, usually those involving not only premeditation but also some additional “aggravating” factor that the state finds especially deplorable.
Capital murder crimes are subject to the death penalty in Texas.
What Are the Elements of Capital Murder in Texas?
To prove that a defendant is guilty of capital murder, the state must be able to prove one of the following accusations beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant intentionally and knowingly caused the victim’s death.
- The defendant’s actions were either clearly life-threatening or intended to cause serious bodily injury (and those same actions caused the victim’s death).
- In the course of attempting or committing a felony, the defendant committed a clearly life-threatening act (and that same act caused the victim’s death). This is referred to as felony murder.
Additionally, conviction for capital murder in Texas also requires proof of an aggravating factor. Examples include:
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Terroristic threat
- Murder for hire
- Prison murder
- Murder as part of a prison escape
- Killing a young child (under age 6)
- Killing a police officer or emergency responder
- Killing multiple people
- Killing someone as revenge for their service on a jury or as a judge, etc.
First-Degree Murder Defense Law Firm
State prosecutors in local Texas counties handle most murder cases. Occasionally, though, murder cases are tried in federal court instead.
That makes the case even more complicated. Criminal proceedings in federal court are extremely strict, intimidating, and demanding. Lawyers who practice primarily at the state level are often unprepared for the challenges of federal criminal defense. Indeed, many have not been admitted to the federal courts.
If you believe your case might be prosecuted as a federal crime – or if you are currently under federal investigation or indictment – you should contact the experienced federal murder defense attorneys at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP.
First-degree murder is the most serious federal murder charge, similar to the crime of capital murder in Texas. There are distinctions, though, and you’ll need to discuss those in depth with a lawyer who can give you the time you deserve. The stakes in any federal criminal case are extremely high.
Free Consultation with Aggressive Federal Murder Defense Attorneys
Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP is based in Dallas, TX and is available to defend against any state criminal charge in the Lone Star State.
Additionally, we represent clients accused of federal crimes throughout all 50 states.
Time is of the essence. You need to talk to an experienced and aggressive lawyer immediately. Please contact Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP at 1-888-356-4634 or submit questions on our online form today.