Criminal defense attorneys will certainly agree that facing a felony charge is a serious situation for the accused. A felony can result in jail time, hefty fines and long term consequences, such as serious damage to one's reputation. This is why it is so crucial to obtain vigorous criminal defense when defending one's self in a court of law. While the State of Texas holds individuals to be innocent until proven guilty, presenting a solid defense is the only true way to receive a fair trial.
A woman who was charged with capital murder after her 1998 trial recently brought an appeal, alleging she did not have a proper defense at the time. She alleges her defense attorneys failed to bring forth relevant testimony speaking to her abuse, specifically Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Battered Women's Syndrome and drug-induced psychiatric issues.
Battered Women's Syndrome is a verified form of suffering abuse victims suffer, often in domestic relationships. Years ago, this form of abuse was not an established and acceptable form of evidence permitted in the court room. Yet, present day laws normally embrace the science and psychology behind Battered Women's Syndrome, and welcome evidence of such sufferings in the court room to help explain self-defense arguments.
The woman's appeal, however, was not successful in court. The Texas Court of Appeals rules that her original defense team did not fail her in court during her 1998 trial, and that she did, in fact, experience fair representation at the of proceedings. Obtaining a proper defense, when facing such serious charges, is a truly imperative move and can make all the difference in the end.
Source: Amarillo Globe-News, "Judge rejects defense claims," Jim McBride, Jan. 5, 2014.