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Murder and capital murder are the most serious offenses a person can be charged with. Murder is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing the death of an individual. Murder is a 1st degree felony punishable by 5-99 years, or life, in jail. Murder is not an eligible offense for probation. Several factors, including the age of the victim, whether there are multiple victims, or the type of conduct the person was engaged in at the time of the death, can elevate the charge to capital murder. Capital murder is punishable by life in jail or the death penalty. Certain persons, like minors or persons with intellectual disabilities, are exempt from the death penalty.
Aside from murder, there are several other homicide charges. These include manslaughter and intoxication manslaughter, both are 2nd degree felonies punishable by 2-20 years in jail. Criminally negligent homicide is the lowest level of the homicide offenses. Criminally negligent homicide is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days-2 years in a state jail facility. Both manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide are probation eligible offenses.
If you have been arrested or are under investigation for murder, we recommend that you consult a criminal defense attorney. Contact the Lankford Law Firm to speak with a Fort Worth murder lawyer that has multiple murder cases and other related crimes in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.