Homicide Cases

When you or a loved one is charged with murder, capital murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide, the stakes literally couldn't be higher. You absolutely need an aggressive lawyer with the experience and legal knowledge it takes to get you the best result possible. The best criminal defense lawyers have experience, investigate their cases thoroughly, and aren’t afraid to fight for their clients. If you’re looking for that type of lawyer, you’ve found Mike Howard, award-winning Dallas criminal lawyer.

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Murder

There are several different ways a person can commit murder. (1) The most common way is if they intentionally or knowingly cause the death of another person. (2) A second way is if they intend to cause serious bodily injury and commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of the individual. (3) A third way is if they commits or attempts to commit a felony (other than manslaughter) and in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempt, or in the immediate flight from the commission or attempt, commits or attempts to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual. Murder is generally a first-degree felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 5 - 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. 

If the offense was committed under the the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, the offense is a second-degree felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 2 - 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. 

Capital Murder

There are a number of different ways a murder offense becomes capital murder. The most common types of capital murder are: a person commits murder of a peace officer, fireman, or of a child under the age of 10 years; commits murder during the course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or terroristic threat; commits or attempts to commit murder for hire or employs a person who commits or attempts to commit murder for hire; or commits murder of more than one person. 

Capital murder is a capital felony punishable by the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Manslaughter

A person commits manslaughter if he recklessly causes the death of another. Manslaughter is a second-degree felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 2 - 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

A person commits criminally negligent homicide if they cause the death of another by criminal negligence. Criminal negligence means the person ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk regarding their conduct. The risk must be such that failure to perceive the risk constitutes a gross deviation the standard of care an ordinary person would exercise. 

Criminally negligent homicide is a state jail felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 180 days - 2 years in the state jail facility and up to a $10,000 fine.


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