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Criminal Lawyer for Violent Crimes in Houston

Violent crimes are those in which force or the threat of force is used against victims and may be committed both with and without a weapon. These crimes may be committed against a targeted victim, as in the case of murder, or as part of another crime, as in an armed robbery in which a victim is harmed or killed. Examples of violent crimes include assault, assault on a family member (domestic violence), terroristic threat, stalking, harassment, deadly conduct, robbery, aggravated assault, injury to a child / elderly, aiding suicide, attempted murder, violation of protective orders, sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, solicitation of capital murder, murder, and capital murder.

Assaultive offenses are some of the most challenging cases handled by criminal defense attorneys. Because these types of crimes often involve seriously injured victims, or victims of a specially protected class such as children or the elderly, a person charged with an assaultive crime often finds himself the target of a very determined prosecutor seeking lengthy confinement.

The list of available defenses to assaultive offenses is lengthy. Faulty eyewitness identifications, poor DNA laboratory work, alibis, self-defense situations, and faulty conclusions by investigating officers or witnesses can all be areas that a qualified defense attorney must explore.

Experienced Criminal Defense Legal Representation in Texas

Since 1999, the Downey Law Firm has defended hundreds of individuals charged with assaultive offenses. Our firm retains a vast network of experts, investigators, and consultants who can be utilized to explore and defend in any case that may be applicable. Our founding attorney is the former co-chair of the HPD Crime Lab Serology Review Committee, which investigated the effect of the significant laboratory errors taking place at the Houston Police Department in 146 assaultive offenses. As a Texas criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Downey has lectured throughout Texas instructing criminal attorneys on ways to insure that jurors in a trial will understand the very real danger of making false assumptions from limited or faulty evidence.

On numerous occasions, our firm has located evidence and witnesses that have proven that the person charged with the assaultive offense did not, in fact, commit any crime.

Common State Assaultive Offense Punishment Ranges:

Class C

Assault by Threat

0-$500 fine

Class B

Terroristic Threat

0 - 180 days in jail

Class A

Assault - Bodily Injury

Deadly Conduct

0 -1 year in jail

4th Degree

Aiding Suicide

6-24 months in state jail

3rd Degree

2-10 years in prison

2nd Degree

Aggravated Assault

Attempted Murder

Robbery

2-20 years in prison

1st Degree

Murder

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Solicitation of Capital Murder

Aggravated Robbery

5 years - life in prison

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Capital Murder

life in prison - death penalty

Accolades
Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • National College of DUI Defense
Professional Positions
  • Instructor, DWI "Top Gun" School , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Co-Chairman, Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel

  • Author, Instructing the Jury, 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Author, Subpoenaing Big Brother, 2010 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Author, Picking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Former Felony Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney's Office

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Phone: (713) 651-0400
Address: The Downey Building, 2814 Hamilton Street, Houston, Texas 77004


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