When a public servant is murdered in Texas it appears to trigger some form of chemical reaction in the DNA of people who have dedicated their life to working for the government.
When we at Bennett & Bennett hear of a public servant being murdered, it makes it clear that “we the people” are second class citizens whose lives aren’t seen as being as valuable as the lives of those who are in the employ of the state.
Murder of Public Servant is Still, Murder
Murder is murder, regardless of the employer of the victim or whether or not that victim is running for public office. Every human life has value, but the law sees it different.
If a person is criminally charged with the murder of a public servant they’ll face a capital charge (enhanced 1st Degree Felony) which is punishable by death in the State of Texas.
If that same person murdered someone who wasn’t in the employ of the government, they would likely be charged under 2nd Degree Felony classification, punishable by 2 to 20 years imprisonment.
If you need help, it’s best to contact us, or another equally qualified criminal-defense law firm in Houston as soon as possible.
High Tensions Lead to Murders of Public Servants
There are a number of situations that can lead to a public servant; police officers, firefighters, law enforcement officials or paramedics/EMTs, being subjected to violence. Below, we’ve listed some of the common circumstances that precede murders of public servants.
- Love Triangles
- Spousal Infidelity
- Botched Arrests
- Drug Raids
- Self Defense Homicides
- Abuse of Power Claims
- Dangerous Warrants
- Dangerous Evasions
- Killings in Correction Facilities
Public Servants Are Human Beings Too
Although most law enforcement officers are good people of excellent character and high morals, there’s still a criminal element within law enforcement, and within government as a whole. It isn’t rare for a defendant to be acquitted of charges involving the murder of a police officer, or have their charges reduced, once all the facts are known.
By the same token, there is a real criminal element and culture among the populace that frowns upon bad police, and sees all police as those few dirty cops they’ve experienced, leading to a prejudice against all officers that, largely, isn’t warranted. This attitude in our communities can lead to many factions in our republic taking differing views on the value of the men & women in law enforcement, which has put them at risk on more than a few occasions.
Regardless of whether the killing of a public servant is seen as justified or not, the defendant will certainly need to retain a detailed criminal defense lawyer with experience fighting criminal-homicide charges to avoid being railroaded by prosecutors.
Our Criminal-Defense Team Will Help You
Contact Bennett & Bennett to Get Started
Since 1995 Attorney Mark W. Bennett has developed and earned a reputation as being one of the go-to lawyers in Houston for complex criminal cases.
Although Mark is Board Certified® in criminal law per the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he normally appears in federal court to fight the government on behalf of our clients.
Whether you’re facing federal charges or being prosecuted by the State of Texas, we’re qualified to help and have the experience to know how best to approach the case. If you need to speak with our legal-team, contact our office immediately by dialing 713-224-1747.