Dallas Capital Murder Defense Attorney Explains – The Texas Penal Code
Dallas, USA, 12/04/2021
Capital murder is one of the most serious crimes that can be committed in the state of Texas. Understanding the laws can help with your defense.
According to Texas law, all types and degrees of murder are classified as a criminal homicide. Any crime of murder is serious, and if issued a conviction, it can carry the most severe of consequences for criminal acts. While first-degree murder is viewed as the highest level charged, capital murder is a type of first-degree murder in which the minimum sentence is life imprisonment, with or without parole depending on the age of the defendant. If you have any kind of capital murder case contact:
Understanding Capital Murder – The Texas Penal Code
Several distinctions define the difference between murder and capital murder in the Texas Penal Code. Any first-degree murder charge has the potential to be elevated to capital murder if the crime meets specific requirements. We can interpret Texas Penal Code § 19.02(b)(1) to define a crime of capital murder as murder with one or more of the following conditions:
- The act of murder was committed against a peace officer or fireman while they were performing their lawful duties, and the accused knew that the individual was a peace officer or fireman.
- The murder occurs while carrying out or attempting to carry out one of the following felony crimes – kidnapping, burglary, arson, aggravated sexual assault, obstruction or retaliation, or a terrorist threat.
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