Facing serious criminal charges can leave someone feeling quite vulnerable. After all, your entire future rests in the hands of a judge and a jury of 12 of your local peers. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, you could face fines, jail time or even the death penalty. The more serious the crime that you are accused of, the more serious the consequences and the more important it becomes to mount a rigorous and well-planned defense.
While the overall crime rate in U.S. cities has been trending down over the last couple of decades, the United States far outstrips other developed nations in the number of deaths resulting from gun violence. Mass shootings, such as those seen over a recent two-day span in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, have become a nearly daily occurrence, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Since 2013, there has been a total of 1,855 mass shootings in the U.S., with 108 incidents in Texas alone. Over the past three years, according to research, there has been nearly one mass shooting incident per day in the United States. In 2016, a leap year, there were more U.S. mass shootings, 382, than there were days in the year. As of September 20th, there have been 263 days in 2018 and 262 mass shootings in this year alone.
A statute of limitations is like a countdown. Once it reaches zero, the time that a person could be prosecuted for a crime has expired, including a number of crimes defined as felonies under Texas law. However, a statute of limitations does not last for the same amount of time for every felony. Depending on the severity of the crime, some statutes will last longer.