Felony Murder

To help the legal system remain as fair as possible, the law actually categories murder in several different ways. One category used by some states is felony murder, or a murder committed during the act of another felony crime. In other states, felony murder falls under first degree murder.

No matter if your state recognizes felony murder as a separate crime from first degree murder or not, this is a very serious charge that can have permanent repercussions on your life. If you are charged with felony murder, you may have to face jail time and other serious penalties. To help you deal with this charge, contact a qualified Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

Felonies Associated with Murder

Felony murder occurs during the course of another felony. In some states, there are several crimes during which a killing counts as first degree murder. These felonies include:

  • Robbery
  • Rape
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping

Even accidental deaths can count as felony murders in some states. For example, if you are robbing a house and the owner walks in, he or she may be frightened and try to run down the stairs. If the owner slips and falls, breaking his or her neck and dying, you can still be held accountable for the owner’s death.

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Because felony murder can be counted as a first degree murder, you should take this charge very seriously. To discuss your case, contact a knowledgeable Dallas murder and homicide lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

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