Expert Defense Representation for Homicide Cases
Navigating homicide charges requires expert legal representation to ensure your rights are protected and the best possible outcome is achieved. From murder to manslaughter, our experienced team is dedicated to providing comprehensive defense representation tailored to your case. Call us today to begin building your defense strategy.
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Expert Legal Defense for Homicide Cases at The Law Office of Bryan Fagan

Welcome to the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, where we specialize in providing exceptional legal representation for individuals facing homicide charges under the Texas Penal Code. Our firm is dedicated to understanding the complexities of each case, ensuring that every client receives the best possible defense.

Understanding Criminal Homicide in Texas

Under Title 5, Chapter 19, Sec.19.01.AA of the Texas Penal Code, criminal homicide is defined as causing the death of another person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence. This broad definition encompasses various types of homicide, including murder, capital murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide, each carrying different legal implications and penalties.


Murder charges can be filed under several circumstances:

  • Intentionally or knowingly causing the death of another individual.
  • Causing death through an act clearly dangerous to human life while intending to cause serious bodily injury.
  • Causing a death during the commission or attempt of a felony (other than manslaughter), through an act clearly dangerous to human life.

Capital Murder

Capital murder, as outlined in Sec.19.03, is charged under more specific conditions, including:

  • Killing a peace officer or fireman during their official duties.
  • Murder committed during the commission of felonies such as kidnapping, burglary, or robbery.
  • Murder for hire or committing murder in exchange for remuneration.
  • Murder during an escape from a penal institution, or killing an employee or inmate of such an institution.
  • Murder while serving a sentence for other serious offenses or previous capital murder convictions.
  • Multiple murders conducted during the same criminal transaction or as part of a single scheme.
  • Murder of a child under 15 years of age or in retaliation against a judge or justice.

Capital murder is classified as a capital felony, which involves the most severe penalties, including the possibility of the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole.


Defined under Sec. 19.04, manslaughter occurs when a person recklessly causes the death of another. This offense is considered a second-degree felony, reflecting significant, albeit unintentional, harm caused by reckless behavior.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

Criminally negligent homicide occurs when death results from criminal negligence, where the failure to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk constitutes a gross deviation from standard care. This offense is classified as a state jail felony.

Our Approach to Homicide Defense

At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we employ a comprehensive approach to defend our clients effectively. Here’s how we handle homicide cases:

Initial Consultation and Case Review

Our first step is always a thorough review of the charges and circumstances surrounding your case. This initial consultation helps us understand the specific details and craft a personalized defense strategy.

Investigative Process

We conduct our own investigation to gather facts, interview witnesses, and collect evidence that may support your defense. Our firm works with forensic experts, medical professionals, and other specialists to challenge the prosecution’s claims and establish a strong defense.

We explore all avenues for your defense, including challenging the validity of the evidence, the intentions involved, and the actual cause of death. Whether negotiating plea deals, seeking reduced charges, or defending you at trial, our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome.

Trial Representation

If your case goes to trial, our experienced attorneys are prepared to represent you vigorously in court. We focus on delivering compelling arguments, cross-examining witnesses effectively, and ensuring your rights are protected throughout the trial process.

Post-Trial Support

After a verdict is reached, we continue to support our clients through any necessary appeals or post-conviction relief efforts. Our commitment to your case is unwavering, from start to finish.

Contact Us Today

Facing homicide charges can be overwhelmingly stressful and frightening, but you don’t have to go through it alone. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan is here to stand by your side and fight for your rights with the expertise and dedication you deserve.

To get started with your defense, or if you have any questions about your case, please call us today at 713-999-6016. Our knowledgeable legal team is ready to provide you with the expert defense representation you need.

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