In Texas, murder or homicide allegations are the most severe charges you can face in a court of law. Your life hangs in the balance. Murder is typically the only crime for which prosecutors will consider Texas’ capital punishment statute – the death penalty. Therefore, the urgency of utilizing every legal option available to you cannot be overstated. Texas has four categories of homicide, each varying in the severity of its penalties, including a potential life sentence or life without the possibility of parole.

At the Law Office of Mary Beth Harrell our legal team understands that facing these charges is dire. During this crucial time, it is important to remember that the smart, tough prosecutor and her dedicated team of experts and investigators are working hard to prove your guilt. But ultimately it’s the jury who must find beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of murder.

So your chances of survival are only as good as your smarter, tougher lawyer and her equally dedicated defense team of experts and investigators. Meet the Law Office of Mary Beth Harrell. Our dedicated, knowledgeable lawyers, experts and investigators are fully committed to protecting your rights and building an effective, aggressive defense to murder.


Intention, circumstances, and the presence of criminal activity are all factors that help determine which crime a prosecutor will choose to charge you with. The four types of criminal homicide recognized by Texas are as follows:

  • Capital murder
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally negligent homicide

Your long-term future—not to mention freedom— is at serious risk without qualified legal counsel. Such urgent circumstances can feel impossible to overcome, but you are not helpless in fighting your charges.


A murder allegation is one of the toughest charges to fight in criminal court. Retaining a lawyer who can provide an aggressive defense will be one of the most important decisions you make. At the Law Office of Mary Beth Harrell our murder and homicide lawyers have the tools to fiercely defend and fight for your acquittal at trial. If you are facing homicide charges, reach out to our legal team as soon as possible at (254) 680-4655 to discuss the particulars of your case.

We represent clients throughout Bell County, Coryell County, Lampasas County, McLennan County & Williamson County in Texas. The Harrell Law Firm works with U.S. Magistrate Court, Fort Hood and U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco.