A History of Success in Homicide Defense
A murder charge is the single most severe criminal charge any person can face. At minimum, a conviction will likely result in years of prison. Depending on the specifics of the case, prosecutors may even seek the death penalty. Other criminal charges involving the loss of a life, such as manslaughter, are also grave allegations with potentially dire consequences in the event of a conviction.
These cases present specific challenges. The family and loved ones of the deceased naturally want someone to be held accountable. Homicide cases often engender significant amounts of publicity. The loss of life alone is an aggravating factor in the nature of the charges that in and of itself raises the stakes considerably. Particularly in a Southern state such as Texas, there is far too often an "eye for an eye" mentality not only on the part of the prosecution but far too often in the minds of many potential jurors. For these and other reasons, prosecutors are under great pressure to convict someone of the alleged crime and not view the cases as objectively as they should be viewed. Accordingly, the government will devote substantial resources to build a powerful case, oftentimes without a thorough and fair review of the facts.
If you or someone you love has been accused of taking someone's life, you need a lawyer who will think strategically and act decisively in and out of the courtroom. You need a lawyer with significant trial experience. Attorney Dan Cogdell of the Cogdell Law Firm, has taken more than 275 criminal cases to trial and has successfully defended numerous individuals charged with murder or manslaughter.
Most recently, Dan Cogdell successfully defended a U.S. Marine Corps veteran charged with the murder of a former Rice University basketball player. The evidence against our client included fleeing the scene, lying to the authorities regarding what had happened and destroying evidence. Despite these obstacles, our client was acquitted on the basis of self-defense and the defense of others.
Examining the Evidence and Seeking a Positive Outcome
Our law firm will diligently explore every potential defense to these charges. We understand the power of forensic evidence in homicide cases. We know that while forensic evidence can help tell a story, it does not necessarily tell the whole story. Our law firm will work with forensic experts to examine the validity of any DNA evidence or other forensic evidence. If your rights were violated while the police were compiling evidence against you, we will argue to the court that this evidence should be suppressed. We will look at the evidence from every perspective in order to build the strongest possible defense.
Manslaughter Defense Attorney Defending Clients Across Texas and the United States
The Cogdell Law Firm, defends people charged with serious crimes in the Houston area, throughout Texas and nationally. To arrange a consultation with a results-proven Houston murder and homicide defense attorney, call 713-426-2244 or contact us online.