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Murder Defense Attorneys in Central Texas

You can count on Botsford & Roark when it matters most

When facing murder charges in Texas, the stakes are undeniably high. The legal system in Texas is renowned for its stringent penalties and unyielding approach to criminal offenses, especially when it comes to murder and homicide. That’s why if you were arrested in Texas, you need to act fast and consult an experienced murder defense attorney as soon as possible.

Botsford & Roark, a leading criminal defense law firm in Austin, Texas, is here to provide you with time-tested legal guidance tailored to your circumstances and jurisdiction.

Contact our Texas murder defense lawyers for a confidential case evaluation. We are available to hear from you any time, day or night. Our case results include:

  • A new trial and setting aside conviction for capital murder and death sentence due to suppression of evidence by the state
  • Reversing conviction for capital murder due to insufficient evidence
  • Setting aside judgment of conviction and sentence of death in a capital murder case due to jury selection errors

Defining Texas murder charges

In Texas, murder charges are pursued with utmost seriousness by the prosecution. To secure a murder conviction, the prosecution must prove one of the following:

  • The accused intentionally and knowingly caused the death of another person
  • The accused intended to cause egregious bodily harm to another through actions capable of causing death
  • The accused committed or carried out a felony (excluding manslaughter), leading to the death of another person

There are various classifications of murder charges in Texas.


  • First degree felony
  • 5-99 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fine

Murder can be de-escalated to a second degree felony if, at the punishment stage of a trial, the defendant can prove that the death was caused under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause. A second degree felony carries the potential for 2-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Capital murder

Capital murder is the most severe form of homicide in Texas. A conviction has the potential to result in the death penalty. The key distinction between a murder and capital murder is the alleged egregiousness of the act.

Potential murder defense strategies in Texas

Our Austin murder defense attorneys believe that every criminal violation – no matter how serious or complex - can be aggressively defended. The burden of proof lies with the state, and we exploit any weaknesses in their case. Common defense strategies in murder cases include arguing that the individual being accused:

  • Acted without the intent to cause serious harm or death
  • Was not aware of their actions, possibly due to insanity
  • Was heavily intoxicated or impaired at the time of the incident
  • Acted in self-defense or to protect another individual facing immediate danger
  • Was driven by the "heat of passion" following intentional provocation

A murder charge can turn your whole life upside down, but we know how to help

Facing murder charges in Texas requires swift and decisive action. The prosecution is already working diligently to build its case against you, making it crucial to seek experienced legal representation immediately.

At Botsford & Roark, our attorneys rise to the challenge of defending our clients vigorously. We bring an unparalleled understanding of Texas murder laws, coupled with a strategic approach to dismantling the prosecution's claims.

If you are confronted with murder charges in Texas, contact Botsford & Roark for a confidential case evaluation. Trust our experienced legal team to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom, allowing you to face the challenges ahead with confidence.

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