When Your Future Is On The Line, Choose A Trusted Criminal Defense Firm
You are likely aware that being accused of murder or manslaughter is the most serious allegation that an individual can face. With the severity of your situation, you will need clear-cut facts and aggressive defense. Miami law enforcement and prosecutors won’t hesitate to use their most important resources for the prosecution of murder cases.
You will need to hire a trusted criminal defense firm to act quickly and protect their rights and freedom. Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, can be that firm for you. Our Miami murder defense lawyers draw upon over 35 combined years of experience, including time as a prosecutor and as a public defender. We know the intricacies of murder charges and other criminal charges and can help.
Florida has received notoriety for the number of murders convicted in the past. Most convictions include substantial time in prison as well as permanent custody. Capital murder, which is the most severe type, can even result in the death penalty.
Murder Charges And Convictions: Types And Consequences
The general term for the killing of one person by someone else is homicide. Murder and manslaughter charges are both types of homicide. Murder may be legally categorized as follows:
- First-degree murder: This action involves premeditated murder. It may also be described as felony murder. The penalty in Florida after a conviction for first-degree murder can be life in prison or a death sentence.
- Second-degree murder: This term describes murder “with a depraved mind,” or as an accomplice to a felony murder.
- Conspiracy to commit murder or attempted murder: These felony charges may apply even if a murder was not completed.
Manslaughter: Another Form Of Homicide
Classifications of manslaughter include the following:
- Voluntary manslaughter: This may mean killing someone in the heat of passion, without premeditation.
- Involuntary manslaughter or culpable negligence manslaughter: Acts of negligence or reckless behavior that lead to someone’s death may result in one of these charges.
If you are convicted for manslaughter in Florida, it will appear on your record as a second-degree felony. You may serve up to 15 years in prison and be fined $10,000. With aggravating factors, a manslaughter crime will be classified as a first-degree felony. Prior to a conviction, the state must assess whether the alleged offender has a criminal background.
Common Defenses To Manslaughter Charges
Justifiable use of a deadly force for the purpose of defense may be a defense option. If it can be proven that you acted in defense against a felony offense that was committed against a person or property, we might be able to use this approach to your case.
Another defense option is that of excusable homicide committed by accident. In an involuntary manslaughter case, the defendant may be able to prove that he or she was not acting in a manner that should qualify as culpable negligence.
Choose An Aggressive Defense Team; Call Today
We understand that wrongful and false arrests are frequent causes of murder charges in Florida. Our criminal defense team has successfully challenged all types of felony charges in Miami-Dade, and we are ready to see what we can do to protect your interests. To combat the charges you face, contact Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, at 305-564-4329 or send an email to speak with one of our experienced defense attorneys.