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Deadly Conduct

Before making a decision about your deadly conduct charge, it is important to consider all of your defense options. It may seem like you've been charged with a small offense that can be easily combated alone, but Texas takes deadly conduct very seriously – whether or not a weapon is involved. A plea bargain may also not be the best option for you. After all, this is your future you are thinking about.

Depending on the case, a charge of deadly conduct could result in a Class A Misdemeanor or a Third-Degree Felony. An experienced Dallas County defense attorney can evaluate your case and show you which options – like negotiations, pretrial intervention, and going to trial – would be the most effective in your case. Remember, the prosecution must prove you are guilty of the deadly conduct charge beyond a reasonable doubt, so there are several strategies available to you with the right defense attorney.

Dallas Deadly Conduct Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with allegedly commiting a violent crime in any of the areas in and around Dallas County including Plano, Garland, Irving, Denton, Fort Worth, Richardson, Arlington, Lewisville, and Frisco call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

With over two decades of experience, McConathy's legal team will fight to defend you from your alleged deadly conduct charge and attempt every strategy to achieve the best outcome. Call (972) 233-5700 today for your free consultation.


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Overview of Deadly Conduct Under Tex. Penal Code § 22.05

There are four main forms of deadly conduct in the state of Texas. Deadly conduct is essentially a type of assault with parameters specifically called for in the law. It closely resembles reckless conduct in other states, but with more of a firearm focus. The four types of deadly conduct are

  • Engaging in any activity that places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury with reckless disregard for their safety
  • Discharging a firearm at or in the direction of a building or car with reckless disregard for whether or not it is occupied
  • Pointing a gun at another individual whether or not it is loaded and with or without intent to fire
  • Firing a firearm at or in the direction of another person with reckless disregard for their safety

The penalties for these offenses vary greatly depending on the level of involvement of any weapons. An experienced criminal defense attorney could help navigate your case to a more appropriate or favorable outcome.


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Penalties for Deadly Conduct Charges in Texas

Deadly conduct without a firearm is a Class A Misdemeanor and if you are convicted could result in:

  • $4,000 fine
  • Up to a year of jail time and/or probation
  • Participation in a diversion program related to incidents in your case
  • Criminal offense on your record
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Inability to pursue specific career paths

Deadly conduct with a firearm is a Third-Degree Felony and if you are convicted could result in:

  • $10,000 fine
  • Up to 10 years of jail time and/or probation
  • Participation in a probation-required diversion program
  • Inability to pursue specific career paths
  • Ineligibility to receive certain types of government assistance
  • Ineligibility to own or possess a firearm
  • Loss of ability to vote or hold public office

These penalties do not include any social consequences involved with the stigma of a conviction or subsequent jail time. However, a deadly conduct charge doesn't necessarily have to end in a conviction. Contact an experienced Dallas County deadly conduct lawyer to discuss the options available for your case.


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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Plano Deadly Conduct Lawyer

The state can charge you with deadly conduct for any action that could perceivably cause harm to another person present. The benefit to this kind of law is that there are as many defenses as possible charges. If have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Collin County, or the surrounding areas, protect your rights and your future.

Trust your case to an experienced Dallas firm that is dedicated to fighting for the most favorable outcome. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today at (972) 233-5700 for your free consultation.


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