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Criminal Defense Attorney

Homicide Charges

You need an experienced homicide defense lawyer on your side. I am prepared to stand solidly in your corner, as I have for countless others in your shoes..

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Mark Diaz

Aggressive Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defense Attorney in Galveston, Mark Diaz has been aggressively defending the rights of Texans for over eighteen years. Mark is a seasoned litigator who has tried every kind of criminal defense case. Mark’s clients receive his cell phone number, so they can connect any time they need help. From arrest through trial, Mark works hard to get the best possible results in and out of court.

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The Most Serious Crime in the Texas Penal Code

If you have been charged with a form of homicide, you may have already been convicted in the court of public opinion. Although the American justice system assumes that individuals accused of crimes are innocent until proven otherwise, society often judges a person guilty before he even sets foot in a courtroom. If you are facing a murder charge, friends and family members may have turned their backs on you.

The seriousness of the allegations involved and the potential consequences can leave you feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and anxious. That is why you need an experienced homicide defense lawyer on your side. I am prepared to stand solidly in your corner, as I have for countless others in your shoes.

Capital Murder

In Texas, homicide crimes are categorized as four separate criminal offenses. Capital murder, which is the only form of homicide punishable by death, is the most serious of the four. To be charged with capital murder, an individual must intentionally or knowingly:

  • Murder a police officer or firefighter acting in an official capacity
  • Commit murder in the course of committing a violent crime
  • Commit a murder for hire
  • Murder multiple victims
  • Murder a child under age six

The penalties for capital murder include life imprisonment and the death penalty.

Murder Charges in Galveston or Houston

Murder is a first degree felony, which means convicted individuals can be sentenced to between five and 99 years in prison. The death penalty is not available in murder cases. A person can be charged with murder for:

  • Intentionally or knowingly causing another’s death
  • Intending to cause serious physical injury through the commission of a clearly dangerous act that results in death
  • Causing the death of another during the commission of a dangerous felony regardless of intent to kill

Manslaughter

Manslaughter is causing the death of another through recklessness. Although there is no intent to kill, the offender must be aware that his conduct is highly dangerous. This reckless behavior must create a substantial risk of death that an ordinary person would not undertake.

Because the state does not have to prove that the accused intended to cause the victim’s death, manslaughter cases can be difficult to defend. Many fatal car accident cases are prosecuted under a manslaughter charge. Whether you were texting and driving or got behind the wheel after too many drinks, you can find yourself facing a second degree felony conviction. Your lawyer must have a clear understanding of the facts and the ability to present them in a way that supports your defense.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

There is a fine line between manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Criminal negligence involves negligent rather than reckless behavior. In Texas, a person is negligent when he acts in a “gross deviation” from the way an ordinary person would act in a similar situation. Because the definition of gross deviation varies from person to person, prosecutors have been known to classify even innocent behavior as a gross deviation.

In some cases, merely rolling through a stop sign is enough to merit a charge for criminally negligent homicide. If convicted, offenders receive a fourth degree felony, which carries a prison term ranging between 180 days to two years.

Federal Criminal Defense

Defended countless clients accused of federal crimes. As an experienced federal litigator, I know how to assemble an effective defense for high profile crimes.

Drug Possession

Because drug possession is a serious crime that can result in life-changing penalties, it is absolutely imperative to work with a Texas criminal defense lawyer who understands the law in this area.

White Collar Crimes

Because these types of cases are often subject to both state and federal prosecution, it is important to work with a lawyer who is comfortable defending a case at any level.

DWI Charges

A DWI Charge Can Put Your Life on Hold. A single arrest can seriously jeopardize your job, your freedom, and your reputation. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you can’t afford to delay your defense.

Why Hire Us?

When you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced lawyer who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout my career, I have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing I do. I have witnessed firsthand how a criminal charge can negatively impact every area of a person’s life. As a lawyer, I consider it a privilege to help people during this stressful time in their lives. Call me today at (409) 515-6170 for a free consultation to discuss.

I put all my trust in Mark some years back and he took damn good care of me and my case. -Michael Lawson

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Meet our Attorneys

When you have been charged with a crime, you need experienced lawyers who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout our careers, We have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing we do..

Katy Jo Muncie

Aggressive Trial Lawyer
Katy Jo Muncie is an experienced and aggressive trial lawyer. She grew up in the Texas Hill Country along the beautiful Guadalupe River. Katy Jo attended The University of Houston on a full academic scholarship awarded to only thirteen high school seniors in the state. After graduating from The University of Houston with honors, Katy Jo obtained her law degree from South Texas College of Law. At South Texas, she excelled in the school’s nationally ranked advocacy program. Katy Jo won a national moot court championship and received multiple top advocate awards during her time there.

Jessica Ebbs

Lawyer - Felony Case Specialist
Jessica Ebbs was raised and has lived in Galveston County her entire life. In 2012, Jessica graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. After college, she attended South Texas College of Law to obtain her law degree. After completing law school, Jessica started at the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.

Mark Diaz

Experienced and Aggressive Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
Mark Diaz has been aggressively defending the rights of Texans for over eighteen years. A 1998 graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, Mark concentrates his practice solely in the area of criminal defense.
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