A deadly conduct conviction in the state of Texas has the ability to stymie your career, restrict your rights, and impede your liberty. If you were arrested for deadly conduct in Fort Worth, you need to contact an experienced deadly conduct defense attorney as soon as possible. While the prosecutor builds a case against you, your defense lawyer can work to undermine the evidence and present a cogent defense.
I have assisted countless Forth Worth clients with fighting unfounded or unfortunate deadly conduct charges. As such, I dedicate my full attention to each individual case, providing all clients with personalized representation and one-on-one contact. While some attorneys may take your money and disappear until your next court date, the Fulgham Law Firm will keep you well informed and actively involved in making key decisions regarding the case.
The goal of representation should be to provide you with competent, comprehensive, and zealous advocacy both inside and outside of the courtroom. I always seek to fully explain charges, diligently negotiate plea deals and diversion offers with the prosecutors, independently investigate allegations, fight for my clients’ constitutional rights by scrutinizing each case for 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment violations, craft strong defense strategies and theories, and always zealously pursue my clients’ best interests. To schedule a free consultation with the Fulgham Law Firm, call today at (817) 886-3078 to discuss your Tarrant County deadly conduct case.
Definition of Deadly Conduct
Deadly conduct is a violent criminal offense that is defined in the Texas Penal Code §22.05 as occurring when someone either:
- Recklessly places another person in immediate danger of serious bodily harm, or
- Knowingly shoots a gun at or towards a person or potentially occupied home, building or vehicle.
Deadly conduct does not require actual injury. Simply firing a gun in the direction of someone’s apartment door satisfies the statute. Deadly conduct also encompasses violence not involving firearms. Recklessness is an extreme form of carelessness and disregard. When an individual’s extreme carelessness and complete disregard for safety results in an imminent threat of serious bodily injury, deadly conduct has occurred. Put in layman’s terms, any conduct that may cause death can qualify as deadly conduct.
Deadly conduct without the use of a firearm is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or up to $4,000 in fines. Deadly conduct involving the discharge of a weapon is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Why You Should Hire the Fulgham Law Firm
The Texas criminal system provides a mechanism for all individuals struggling financially to obtain free or low-cost attorneys. If your income is below a certain threshold, Tarrant County will connect you with a public defender. Many individuals are required to make payments to the court for these services. Public defenders are commonly overworked, overstressed, and poorly motivated and have little access to resources. While these types of defense lawyers may appear cheap, their often-times faulty representation can be one of the costliest mistakes you make.
On the other hand, a privately retained criminal defense attorney has the luxury of managing his caseload, picking and choosing which cases to represent, and accessing unlimited resources. I worked as an Assistant District Attorney for several years and can use my insider knowledge into how the prosecution investigates and prepares cases and evaluates evidence to anticipate the prosecutor’s next moves. In addition, I have dedicated my entire career to criminal justice. Criminal law and helping clients fight for their rights are my two main prerogatives. To schedule a free appointment to discover how the Fulgham Law Firm can assist you with protecting your rights and defending against deadly conduct charges, call (817) 886-3078 today.