Murder vs. Manslaughter: How Are They Different?

November 29, 2017

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 […]

The Consequences for Attempted Murder in Texas

October 25, 2017

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 […]

Passion Crimes: Prove It Wasn’t Your Fault

December 13, 2013

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 […]