Murder, Manslaughter, and Self-Defense

A person commits the offense of murder when they intentionally or knowingly cause the death of an individual. The most common defense to murder is self-defense or the defense of others. If a person uses or attempts to use deadly force against you or a friend or family member and you act to prevent this by using deadly force in return, you have acted in self-defense of another. This is allowed by law.

Unfortunately, when a person has been killed, the immediate suspects are those closest to them, family members or friends. Law enforcement may begin lengthy questioning without taking "no" for an answer. This is when you demand a lawyer. Under the law, they MUST stop questioning you. You can then allow the situation to cool down and let an experienced attorney begin to communicate with them. Knowing these and other rights under the law can help protect you from a false accusation.

Texas Murder Charges and Abbreviations

In Texas, various offenses are called murder, homicide, or manslaughter. Capital Murder is the most serious - someone convicted of capital murder is eligible for the death penalty. There are various types of manslaughter charges, including intoxication manslaughter, conviction for which can result in long prison sentences. Official charges are often abbreviated and difficult to understand. A few of the more common abbreviations include:

  • ATT MUR - attempted murder
  • CRIM NEG H - criminally negligent homicide
  • CRIM NEG H W/D/W - criminally negligent homicide with a deadly weapon
  • INTOX MANSL - intoxication manslaughter
  • INVOL MANSL - involuntary manslaughter
  • INVOL MANSL NEGL VEH - involuntary manslaughter involving negligent use of a vehicle
  • MANSL - manslaughter
  • M or MUR - murder
  • NEG H or NEG HOMICIDE - negligent homicide
  • VOL MANSL - voluntary manslaughter

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Don't face murder charges alone. For a consultation about your charges and your best possible defenses, contact Paul Goeke by calling 210-222-2999, emailing paulgoeke@paulgoekelaw.com, or using our online contact form. Mr. Goeke works with clients in San Antonio, Austin, and throughout Bexar County, Medina County, and Comal County.

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