Murder and manslaughter are among the most serious crimes possible in any jurisdiction. In the state of Texas, convictions can result in severe penalties ranging from 5-99 years of incarceration in addition to fines of up to $10,000, life sentences, and even the death penalty.
Section 12.31 says that capital murder is a capital felony offense. If found guilty of a capital felony offense, the convict faces either the death penalty or life in prison. The convict must be at least 17 years old. If the state doesn't pursue the death penalty for a capital felony offense, the convict faces mandatory life in prison (if the crime was committed when the actor was less than 18 years old) or life in prison without parole if the convict was 18 years old or older.
If you or someone you know has been charged with murder or manslaughter, it is essential that they speak with The Law Office of Jose Molina, PLLC as soon as possible