If you have been involved in a homicide and are a potential suspect, you should consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. If convicted of a homicide in Florida, you could be sentenced to life in prison or even the death penalty. There are a variety of homicide charges that differ according to how the crime was committed, and the punishment reflects the severity of the crime.
For example, manslaughter is defined in Florida as murdering someone without intending to do so, or killing someone without lawful justification. Murder is the premeditated killing of someone while perpetrating, or attempting to perpetrate a serious felony. Murder charges can be filed in second degree and third degree depending on the circumstances. First degree murder carries some of the heaviest penalties with most of those convicted facing life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
An example of manslaughter would be someone driving dangerously that causes an accident that kills someone else. This is referred to as ‘vehicular manslaughter’. Manslaughter convictions can be punishable with decades in prison, but the main difference between manslaughter and murder sentences are that manslaughter convictions do not receive the death penalty.
Every year in Florida approximately one thousand people are murdered, and the state is devoting more resources towards prosecuting those charged with this serious crime. If you or someone you know has been charged with a homicide in the greater Port Charlotte area, you need the expertise of an experienced criminal attorney to protect your rights. Fort Myers criminal lawyer Michael Raheb has successfully defended many individuals charged with homicide in Southern Florida. Do not talk to investigators or police before contacting a criminal defense attorney. We will look at your case immediately and advise you on what steps need to be taken towards a successful defense. Call us now at 866.339.6617 for a FREE CONSULTATION.