Distinguishing Murder from Manslaughter

When a person is killed, there are many ways their death can be viewed in the eyes of the law. In order to determine what exact charge the guilty person will face, a court will evaluate the circumstances surrounding the person’s death and decide whether it qualifies as murder or manslaughter. Each of these categories is further divided into more specific offenses, such as second degree murder or intoxication manslaughter. These charges are determined by the accused killer’s responsibility in the killing.

If you are being accused of killing another person, our Dallas murder and manslaughter lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will work to defend you from the charges you are facing. Contact an aggressive Dallas criminal defense lawyer at 214-845-7007 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

Differences between Murder and Manslaughter

The differences between murder and manslaughter are unclear to many people. While both crimes result in the death of an individual, murder and manslaughter have specific distinctions that differentiate the two. A person is usually accused of murder if there was a premeditated plan to kill someone else and the plan was carried out successfully.

Manslaughter, on the other hand, is the crime of killing someone through negligence or in a strong fit of emotion. For this reason, manslaughter is often called a crime of passion. An example of a manslaughter charge would be when a man finds his spouse in bed with another man and reacts violently, killing one of them. In this example, the killing was not premeditated, so it is not legally considered murder.

Contact Us

If you have been accused of killing another person, our Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will work diligently to protect you from the stiff penalties that accompany charges of this level of severity. Call our tenacious legal team at 214-845-7007 to learn more about how we can help you through this personal crisis.


Confidential Free Case Evaluation