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Passion Crimes: Prove It Wasn’t Your Fault

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Murder is a serious charge that is only compounded when it is premeditated. In order to show that a murder was not premeditated, individuals sometimes use the “heat of passion” defense. This defense attempts to show that the defendant was inflamed in some manner, and the resulting anger caused him or her to be unable to control the ensuing actions. Criteria for Establishing The heat of passion defense...

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How are Murder and Manslaughter Different?

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

For both the crimes of manslaughter and murder, a person has been killed. The difference between the two lies in the mens rea, or intent, of the offender. A crime is charged as murder if the person takes a life with malicious intent. Manslaughter is charged if a person kills another without malice or a person dies because of the reckless actions of another. Manslaughter Laws Texas specifically...

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