5 Types of Violent Crimes in Texas and Their Potential Defenses

5 Types of Violent Crimes in Texas and Their Potential Defenses
Sep 13, 2023 |

Violent crimes are among the most seriously penalized in Texas. If you were arrested for a violent crime, it’s important to understand the charges against you and what potential defenses may be available to you. Below are 5 types of common violent crimes in Texas and possible legal strategies your criminal defense attorney may be able to use to advocate for you.

1. Homicide

Most people think of murder when they hear the word “homicide,” but this includes crimes like manslaughter. The consequences of conviction are severe, potentially earning you life in prison. Possible defenses for homicide charges include cases of mistaken identity, acting in self defense, or lack of intent, such as in the case of a true accident.


Domestic abuse charges typically involve assault or other violent acts against someone you have a relationship with, live with, or used to live with. Potential defense strategies here include proving motive for false accusations, showing that the accuser has little to no evidence against you, or that you were attacked first and were defending yourself.

3. Robbery

Robbery involves the use of force or threat to take someone else’s property. If the robbery involved a weapon, you could be charged with an aggravated offense. Your lawyer may be able to defend you by proving that there was no force or threat of force or by suggesting that you had consent to take or have the property.

4. Kidnapping

Kidnapping involves unlawfully restraining or moving another person without their consent or against their will. Child kidnapping is generally punished more harshly, but both are serious offenses with severe consequences. Potential defense strategies can include having consent to move or restrain the person, having no intent to move or restrain them, or providing that no unlawful moving or restraint actually occurred.

5. Weapons Charges

Violent crimes involving weapons can include swords, knives, and firearms. Despite Texas’ liberal gun ownership laws, many people are arrested for Illegal possession or brandishing of a firearm. Potential defenses against these allegations may involve challenging the legality of the search that turned up the weapon, proving that ownership of the weapon is legal, or arguing a case of mistaken identity.

Facing Charges Related to Violent Crimes in Texas?

If you’re facing charges for violent crimes in Texas, you’re involved in a serious matter that requires the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. You have the right to a fair and just legal process and Segura Kiatta Criminal Defense can help. Contact us today for an initial consultation to discuss the facts of your case by calling 281.570.6400.

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