crime of passion

Crimes of Passion: The Definition, History, and Laws

December 23, 2015

Many people may have heard the phrase “crime of passion” but they may be unsure of its exact definition or its use in legal cases. Under Texas law, the term crime of passion refers to a specific type of criminal action that occurs under legally defined circumstances. This term has strong implications in a legal case, especially when it comes to the sentencing and punishment phase. In most cases, a person who is convicted of a crime of passion may receive a less harsh sentence than a person who is convicted of a planned, calculated offense.