Distinguishing Murder from Homicide

Despite widespread misconception, "homicide" and "murder" are not directly synonymous. People tend to use these words interchangeably, but for anyone facing criminal prosecution, it is critically important that they understand that each has a distinctly separate legal meaning. As a result, the potential consequences associated with a conviction will also vary depending upon whether an individual is found guilty of murder or homicide.

If you have been arrested and accused of taking another person's life, whatever the nature of the allegations, your first priority should be to obtain committed and capable legal representation. Contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today to discuss the particular details of your case with a lawyer who will vigorously protect your legal rights and best interests.

Features of Homicide and Murder

Each criminal charge is written with its own particular statutory language. This language attempts to define a given offense within a fairly narrow scope so that defendants might face punishment that is deemed to directly correlate with the grievousness of the offense. The following are some general features that may distinguish homicide and murder:

  • Murder is associated with an "intent to cause harm or kill"
  • Homicide describes an action that caused death to another
  • Murder describes a malicious, violent, intentional action, whereas a homicide may be purely accidental
  • There are some circumstances under which homicide may be regarded as legally justifiable. This is not true of murder

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Though you may find that friends, family, and others adopt a different perception of you when you are charged with murder or homicide, you deserve an attorney who will work to ensure that you have the proper and passionate representation that you are due. Contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950 for just such an advocate.

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