Need to Fight Murder Charges?
Miami Murder Defense Lawyer
Fla. State. § 782.04 defines murder as simply the "unlawful killing of another human being." Specifically, murder (also called homicide) involves the premeditated killing of a human being. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could face first, second, or third degree murder charges.
What you should know:
- First degree murder is a capital felony
- Second degree murder is a first degree felony
- Third degree murder is a second degree felony
What are the penalties for murder?
- First Degree Murder
The penalties for murder depend on the unique facts surrounding your case. First degree charges are considered the more severe of the two. It must be proven that there was an element of malice behind the act, in addition to premeditation. The penalties you could face may include life in prison or the death penalty.
- Second Degree Murder
Second degree murder is the unpremeditated death of another human that is committed with an extreme disregard for life. Penalties for second degree murder include up to 30 years in state prison, and this crime can also be committed in addition to a non-capital felony. Any other type of murder falls into the third degree murder category.
- Third Degree Murder
Third degree murder is the lease severe form of homicide. However, a conviction will still lead to life-changing consequences. These include: 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Habitual felony offenders may be subject to longer terms of incarceration (up to 30 years).
Accused? Call us now!
Building a strong criminal defense case against murder charges can be a highly complex legal task, especially when there is substantial evidence brought against you. At Parks & Braxton, PA, we understand the grave nature of murder charges and we know how to effectively defend your rights no matter how hopeless your case may seem.
When you call a Miami criminal defense attorney at Parks & Braxton, PA about your charges, we take immediate action to gather evidence and build a powerful defense on your behalf.
We understand that your life may be on the line, and we offer you a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help. Our law firm is available to take calls 24/7.