Can Drunk Driving Save You From a Murder Conviction?

April 6th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Capital Felonies, Drunk Driving

Murder and manslaughter are not the same thing. Murder refers to the intentional killing of another person. Manslaughter, in contrast, means “recklessly” causing a person’s death. Intoxication manslaughter, for example, occurs when a drunk driver accidentally kills someone as a consequence of their inebriated state. When Is a Murder Defendant Allowed to Argue It Was […]

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Capital Punishments around the Country

February 9th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Capital Felonies

Capital punishment–i.e., the death penalty–has been a feature of criminal justice systems dating back to ancient times. While over 100 countries across the world today have abolished capital punishment entirely, many parts of the United States, including Texas, still employ the death penalty for certain persons convicted of murder. Texas Leads the Nation in Executions […]

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Capital Felonies in the State of Texas

November 19th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Capital Felonies, Criminal Defense

A capital felony, as defined by the Texas Penal Code §12.31, is a criminal offense in which an individual intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another, under special circumstances. The state may or may not seek the death penalty for a capital felony. If the state seeks the death penalty for the crime, the punishment […]

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