When a person is arrested for any crime in Texas it is important to do whatever is possible to avoid a criminal conviction. This is especially true when the allegations involve violent crimes. Homicide charges are viewed as among the worst kinds of crimes that can be committed against a person. Knowing the laws of the state and how these acts are classified is important when facing criminal charges. The acts that fall into the category of criminal homicide are murder, capital murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
There are numerous subsets of the crime of murder, with varying accompanying punishments in the event of a conviction. There are two categories of murder under Texas law including adequate cause and sudden passion. Adequate cause refers to instances in which the circumstances would create a degree of rage, anger, terror, anger or resentment in a person whose temper would be considered "ordinary." The reasons for the crime could be judged as sufficient to leave the accused's mind incapable of cool reflection. Sudden passion refers to the accused having been provoked by the individual who was killed, or another who was with the person killed, with the passion arising at the time of the act, and it isn't the sole result of prior provocation.