Murder was the Case that They Gave Me – Sherman & Plano, TX Criminal Defense Lawyer (Part 4)

revolver-704729-s.jpgAs for the law of parties, Texas Penal Code 7.02 outlines Texas criminal responsibility: “(a) A person is criminally responsible for an offense committed by the conduct of another if: (1) acting with the kind of culpability required for the offense, he causes or aids an innocent or nonresponsible person to engage in conduct prohibited by the definition of the offense; (2) acting with intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense; or (3) having a legal duty to prevent commission of the offense and acting with intent to promote or assist its commission, he fails to make a reasonable effort to prevent commission of the offense. (b) If, in the attempt to carry out a conspiracy to commit one felony, another felony is committed by one of the conspirators, all conspirators are guilty of the felony actually committed, though having no intent to commit it, if the offense was committed in furtherance of the unlawful purpose and was one that should have been anticipated as a result of the carrying out of the conspiracy.” Section (a)(2) is the normal theory of joint criminal responsibility – aiding, encouraging, soliciting – called “law of parties” that is presented to a jury to make a non-triggerman in a case such as a robbery or burglary gone bad liable for the murder by an accomplice to the underlying felony.

If you or someone you know is being investigated or prosecuted for a crime, call Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist Micah Belden at 903-744-4252.

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