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Murder vs. Manslaughter: How Are They Different?

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Many people ask, “How are murder and manslaughter different?” Both the crimes of murder and manslaughter involve a person’s death at the hands of another. The important difference between murder and manslaughter lies in the intent, or mens rea, of the offender: The crime of murder is charged when an individual takes another person’s life with malicious intent. The crime of manslaughter is charged when an...

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The Consequences for Attempted Murder in Texas

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The consequences of attempted murder, also known as attempted homicide, are dire. No violent crime is more serious than murder, the unlawful and intentional decision by one person to take another person’s life. Aside from federal crimes, such as treason and espionage, murder is the singular crime for which capital punishment is available. Attempted murder may be charged when an individual intends to carry out the act...

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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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