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Murder

Murder Attorney in Plano, Texas

Criminal homicide is punishable by the most severe of penalties. Taking the life of another person is considered one of the most heinous crimes and is handled accordingly.

According to Texas Penal Code § 19.01, the types of criminal homicide include:

  • Murder
  • Capital Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide

Understanding the Related Legal Terms

Criminal Homicide

Under Title 5. Offenses Against The Person, § 19.01 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits criminal homicide when they take the life of another person either intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or when their criminal negligence causes death of another.

Adequate Cause

Under § 19.02, the term "adequate cause" refers to a cause that would reasonably produce anger, rage, resentment, or terror in someone with an ordinary temper to such a degree that that person would be incapable of calmly reflecting upon the situation.

Sudden Passion

Under § 19.02 (a) (2), "sudden passion" refers to passion directly caused or provoked by the person who was killed or by another individual who was acting with the individual who was killed and such passion arose at the time of the offense.

Understanding Crimes Involving Murder

With the offense of murder, a person commits murder when he or she intentionally or knowingly causes death to another human, or when they intend to cause serious bodily injury and commits an act that clearly endangers human life and causes death, or when the person attempts to commit a felony other than manslaughter and in the course of committing the felony, or during an attempt to flee from the commission or the attempt, they commit an act that clearly places others' lives at risk and while doing so it causes the death of another human being.

These crimes are generally defined as follows:

  • Murder: You can be convicted if you knowingly and/or intentionally cause the death of another and if you intend to / do cause serious injury to another person resulting in their death. Depending upon the circumstances, you can also be charged with murder if the death is caused during commission of a felony other than manslaughter. This is charged as a first degree felony and can result in between 5-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Capital Murder: You can be convicted for this crime if your alleged murder offense falls into certain categories. For example, if you intentionally murder a peace officer or fireman who is on duty, if you intentionally murder a child under the age of six or if you murder someone while incarcerated you can be charged with capital murder. Capital murder is charged as a capital felony and can result in lifetime imprisonment without possibility of parole.

Contact a Skilled Plano Murder Defense Lawyer

You need to protect yourself if you have been charged with a homicide offense in Texas. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC will be able to help build your defense. It is important to the lawyers at our criminal defense firm that you get the best possible defense if you are charged with homicide.

Please don’t hesitate when it comes time to stand up for your rights and your freedom. You are not required to submit to questioning by the police without the presence of your attorney. If you or a loved one has been arrested for murder or manslaughter, please call a violent crimes lawyer right away in order to begin your defense.

Contact a Plano murder attorney at The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today.