Ashley Reyes
Ashley Reyes
23:28 29 Oct 20
Sarah and her staff is by far the best attorney our family could of used ! She truly cares about her clients and will... do everything to help get the best outcome ! She got our case dismissed we never even had to go to court and she was amazing at communicating and even with covid she still made sure to always keep us in the loop ! She is so knowledgeable of the law and I was so confident in her. She was always available for anything and that shows she cares! She will fight to the end for her clients and I witnessed that ! She is worth every single penny and just remember you get what you pay for and in Sarah you will get a A Plus attorney and her whole team fight for the client and she does not back down ! I was recommended by her from several friends who had worked with the court system and they all recommended her ! Very easy to talk to she is to the point and does not sugar coat things and does everything for you! She will give all she has to fight for you and has so much fire in her I just love her and her team !You would not be disappointed she will always be so special to our family after her fight for justice ! I can not explain fully in words how amazing she truly is ! You will get top of the line legal support with her staff thank you beyond word Sarah Roland and staff !!read more
Katherine Mastropiero
Katherine Mastropiero
18:28 15 Jul 20
Very friendly and helpful! Super sweet staff.
AllwaysMae Prevatt
AllwaysMae Prevatt
14:38 09 Mar 20
Sarah is verp personable, know her law, worth every dime.
23:53 23 Jan 20
Knowledgeable, intelligent and professional. Great attorney.
scooter rainwater
scooter rainwater
06:35 28 Nov 19
If you are looking for an attorney in Denton, Sarah Roland is going to be your best choice. Sarah is very confident and... knowledgeable about her job and the law. Sarah is very supportive and was always available when I needed to contact her for any reason. She is also very caring with her clients, I am a UNT student and she was already aware of the steps I would need to take being that I am a student, and helped me with the process that I had to go threw with the University. I was arrested for public intoxication and Sarah was able to get my case dismissed within two months, I also never needed to go to court as she took care of everything for me. Her staff is amazing and very friendly, all questions that I had were answered almost immediately. I highly recommend Sarah Roland because there was absolutely no downside to working with her and her more
Joplin Investigations
Joplin Investigations
16:04 03 Aug 19
Ms. Roland and her team are exceptional attorneys. She is extremely knowledgable of the law and will fight for her... clients. We have had the privilege in working with Ms. Roland for the past six years doing investigations for her team. Ms. Roland is definitely someone you want on your more
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There are no degrees of murder in Texas.


(a) A person commits criminal homicide if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual.

(b) Criminal homicide is murder, capital murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide.

Sec. 19.02. MURDER

(b) A person commits an offense if he:

(1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual;

(2) intends to cause serious bodily injury and commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual; or

(3) commits or attempts to commit a felony, other than manslaughter, and in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempt, or in immediate flight from the commission or attempt, he commits or attempts to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual.


How Was It Committed

Every case is different. Every killing is different. Homicides are personal. The relationship between the accused and the decedent is always relevant in a murder case. Sometimes homicides are committed out of pure rage. Sometimes they are committed under the immediate influence of sudden passion. This doesn’t exculpate or excuse the conduct. However, if a homicide is committed under the immediate influence of sudden passion then the range of punishment is decreased to that of a second-degree felony (2-20 years) rather than a first-degree felony (5-99 years).


A Self Defense Argument

No discussion of assault or homicide is complete without a discussion of the justification of self-defense under Penal Code 9.31, 9.32, and 9.33. A person has the right to use deadly force in defense of self or others if the person has a reasonable belief that it is necessary to stop the other person from seriously injuring or killing them or another person. In some instances, similar to self-defense, a person is justified in using deadly force to protect land or tangible, movable property. Importantly, “reasonable belief” means a belief that would be held by an ordinary and prudent man in the same circumstances as the actor. It’s not a 20/20 hindsight view; it’s a view standing in the actor’s own shoes.

In Texas, we have no duty to retreat. While there is no duty to retreat, the force used must be reasonable and proportional given the facts of the case. However, it’s not as simple as “don’t bring a gun to a knife fight.” The facts of each case must be analyzed.


Mental Health

Finally, mental health issues are prevalent in our world. Sometimes, because of mental illness, people do not know what they are doing is wrong and kill another. In situations like this, a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity is afforded under our law. People who are suffering such a severe mental illness that they do not know their conduct is wrong do not belong in prison and instead are sent to the state hospital.


Don't ever take a plea deal without understanding your case and knowing all of your options, and do not talk to the police without your lawyer!

Call one of the best defense lawyers in North Texas for a free consultation.