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Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes

The harshest penalties are reserved for those accused of violence

Arrested for a Violent Crime, Such as Murder or Domestic Violence?


Could there be a more serious accusation than Murder or Manslaughter? The punishment for these crimes in Texas could mean years, decades, or possibly life behind bars. Hiring the right defense attorney to defend you or your loved one facing these charges might be the most important decision of your life.

Penalties for Murder in Texas

The range of punishment for murder is 5 years – 99 years, or life, in prison. The option for probation for a murder was eliminated years ago. If you are convicted of murder, you will go to prison. So it is absolutely critical that you contact a highly experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer immediately. A proven track record of success and a reputation for winning the tough cases are the weapons we carry into the court room.

Your Best Defense

The first question – Did you do it? Did they get the right person? Did the police improperly focus on you allowing the real killer to remain at large?

The second question – If you did kill the other person, was there legal justification? Texas law recognizes the most basic of all human nature – the right to defend yourself, the right to survive. Texas law recognizes the right of a person to defend himself against real danger as well as apparent danger. Texas law recognizes the right for one person to defend the life of another, as well as to use deadly force to prevent another’s commission of burglary of your home, sexual assault, robbery, arson, armed robbery, theft during the nighttime, criminal mischief during the nighttime, under some circumstances to prevent another from escaping with the stolen property, and aggravated kidnapping or murder.

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If they arrested the wrong guy and are blaming you for something you didn’t do, intense and immediate investigation is vital. Establishing an alibi gets more difficult the farther away from the time of the murder. If the defense is that the action was justified, then again, immediate investigation is vital in developing and preserving witness statements, video proof, and accumulating the countless facts that only experience can tell you make the difference to grand juries, prosecutors, and trial juries. The time to start was YESTERDAY, so call us TODAY.

Domestic Violence/Assault Family Violence

Domestic violence/assault family violence, like their names suggest, are an assaultive offense committed between members of a family or people who have had a dating relationship. This crime is prosecuted so frequently that many prosecutors’ offices in metropolitan areas have divisions solely devoted to its investigation and prosecution. Staffed by true believers who have yet to meet an untruthful complaining witness, it takes an experienced Houston family violence defense attorney with a history of prosecuting and defending these cases to find the weakness, exploit the weakness, develop a strong defense, and get the best result.

Texas law allows a police officer with no warrant to arrest an individual when he has probable cause to believe that person has committed assault family violence. Translation:  If a cop responds to a claim of family violence—someone’s going to jail! Often, innocent people. At Schiffer Law Firm, Houston, Texas veteran assault family violence trial attorneys, we have too often seen too many people charged with this crime they didn’t commit.

Penalties for Domestic Violence/Assault Family Violence in Texas

Penalties can range from probation and counseling for first offenders to lengthy prison sentences for repeat offenders charged with felony assault family violence, or a first offender charged with the felony of assault family violence by choking. Non U.S. citizens are particularly in jeopardy if convicted, even if receiving deferred adjudication, as they may face deportation. A conviction for assault family violence also prohibits an individual from possessing or using firearms or ammunition.

At Schiffer Law Firm, our experience has allowed us to defend charged persons who were merely defending themselves from the accuser’s initial attack, charged persons who were falsely accused by vindictive spouses or girlfriends, and persons accused of the crime to gain leverage in child custody battles…the list goes on.

Your Best Defense – Call Us Today

Experience and knowledge are the most effective weapons in the courtroom to have your case dismissed, charges reduced, or successfully tried to a jury. With over 45 years of combined experience as persuasive family violence defense attorneys in Houston, Texas, we will fight aggressively to get the best results for you.

Call us today for a free case evaluation.