Our Gift to You– Free Reference Chart for Criminal Jury Charges

For legal practitioners in Texas, it may require extensive time to research various criminal jury charges, along with underlying case laws. For a quick reference guide for criminal jury offenses, please read the following chart excerpted from Texas Criminal Jury Charges.



Capital Murder Murder Cantu v. State, 939 S.W.2d 627 (Tex.Crim.App. 1997)
Capital Murder Voluntary Manslaughter Laird v. State, 933 S.W.2d 707 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1996, pet. ref’d)
Capital Murder Involuntary Manslaughter Travis v. State, 921 S.W.2d 559 (Tex.App.-Beaumont 1996, no pet.)
Capital Murder Criminally Negligent Homicide Hicks v. State, 664 S.W.2d 329 (Tex.Crim.App. 1984)
Capital Murder Manslaughter Havard v. State, No. 69, 581, 1990 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 145 (Tex. Crim. App. Sept. 19, 1990) (on rehearing).
Murder Second-Degree Murder (sudden passion) Gonzales v. State, 942 S.W.2d 80 (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1997, pet. ref’d)
Murder Manslaughter Havard v. State, 800 S.W.2d 195 (Tex.Crim.App. 1989)
Murder Aggravated Assault Coit v. State, 629 S.W.2d 263 (Tex.App.-Dallas 1982, pet. ref’d)
Murder Criminally Negligent Homicide Hunter v. State, 647 S.W.2d 657 (Tex.Crim.App. 1983)
Manslaughter (Reckless Causation) Aggravated Assault — reckless serious bodily injury — use/exhibit deadly weapon Dannhaus v. State, 928 S.W.2d 81 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1996, pet. Ref’d)
Manslaughter (Reckless Causation) Criminally Negligent Homicide Wasylina v. State, 305 S.W.3d 568 (Tex.Crim.App. 2010); Branham v. State, 583 S.W.2d 782 (Tex.Crim.App. 1979)
Criminally Negligent Homicide Assault is not a lesser included offense because it requires a higher mental state Bayona v. State, 544 S.W.2d 155 (Tex.Crim.App. 1976)
Aggravated Assault Deadly Conduct Sibley v. State, 956 S.W.2d 832 (Tex.App.- Beaumont 1997, no pet.)
Aggravated Kidnapping (First-Degree) Aggravated Kidnapping (Second-Degree — safe release) Thornburg v. State, 699 S.W.2d 918 (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1985, no pet.)
Aggravated Kidnapping (First-Degree) Aggravated Assault (Second-Degree) Roberts v. State, 795 S.W.2d 842 (Tex.App.-Beaumont 1990, no pet.)
Aggravated Kidnapping (First-Degree) Kidnapping (Third-Degree — abduction) Rogers v. State, 687 S.W.2d 337 (Tex.Crim.App. 1985), (superseded by statute on other grounds).
Aggravated Kidnapping (First-Degree) False Imprisonment (felony) Schweinle v. State, 915 S.W.2d 17 (Tex.Crim.App. 1996)
Aggravated Kidnapping (First-Degree) False Imprisonment (misd.) Blalock v. State, 847 S.W.2d 461 (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1993, pet. ref’d)
Aggravated Sexual Assault Sexual Assault (non-spouse) Chavis v. State, 807 S.W.2d 375 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist. 1991, pet. ref’d)
Aggravated Sexual Assault Indecency with a Child Evans v. State, 299 S.W.3d 138 (Tex.Crim.App. 2009); Gottlich v. State, 822 S.W.2d 734 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth 1992, pet. ref’d), overruled on other grounds, Curry v. State, 861 S.W.2d 479 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth 1993, pet. ref’d).
Aggravated Assault Assault Burkholder v. State, 660 S.W.2d 540 (Tex.Crim.App. 1983)
Aggravated Assault Deadly Conduct Bell v. State, 693 S.W.2d 434 (Tex.Crim.App. 1985), holding reckless conduct was lesser
Aggravated Assault Assault Walker v. State, 761 S.W.2d 572 (Tex. App.-San Antonio 1988), pet. dism’d, Improvidently granted, 811 S.W.2d 131 (Tex. Crim. App. 1991).
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Soliz v. State, 353 S.W.3d 850 (Tex.Crim.App. 2011)
Indecency with a Child Indecency by Exposure Briceno v. State, 580 S.W.2d 842 (Tex. Crim.App. 1979)


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  •  criminal mischief to aggravated robbery
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