If you have been arrested in the Orlando area for the charge of homicide or murder as defined in Florida Statute 782.04, you will need an experienced attorney to aggressively represent you in your case. Murder is a very serious charge and it takes experienced and qualified counsel to ensure that all of your rights are protected. At Finebloom & Haenel we have the experience, resources and knowledge to fight your case for you. Our attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience in criminal defense. Many of our attorneys were former prosecutors who have now dedicated their careers to defending the rights of our clients. Call us today at 407-218-6277 to discuss the defenses to your murder case.
Murder is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being. In order to prove the charge of murder, the State must show that you killed another person without having a justifiable reason for doing so. Murder can be premeditated which is murder in the first degree. If the murder occurred during the commission of a serious crime or while trafficking drugs, it will also be charged as murder in the first degree. Murder of the first degree is a capital felony punishable by death.
Murder of the second degree occurs when it occurs during an act imminently dangerous to another person without regard to human life but without any premeditation to cause the death. This basically means that you were doing something very dangerous that you knew could cause someone to die, but you did it anyway. Murder in the second degree is a first degree felony punishable by life in prison.
Felony murder is also a first degree felony punishable by life in prison. Felony murder is the term used to describe a charge of murder in the second degree that occurs when a person is accidentally killed during the commission of a serious felony crime, such as robbery, drug trafficking or kidnapping. Florida Statute 782.051 is the statute for attempted felony murder. If while attempting to commit a felony, your action could have caused the death of another but the person lived, it is charged as attempt and is punishable by life.
Homicide or murder can be charged under other names or statute numbers:
Manslaughter, Florida Statute 782.07, is a felony of the second degree. In order to prove manslaughter the State must prove that the death occurred through culpable negligence. It is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Vehicular Homicide, Florida Statute 782.071 and Vessel Homicide 782.072 are both second degree felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Vehicular Homicide refers to a death caused by use of a car. Vessel Homicide refers to a death caused by use of a boat. Both crimes can be filed as first degree felonies punishable by life if at the time the accident occurred, you knew or should have known that an accident took place and you failed to stop and give aid.
Assisting someone to commit suicide is a second degree felony under Florida Statute 782.08 and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Whether you are charged with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree or manslaughter, you will need experienced representation and aggressive attorneys who will fight for you.
Call the law office of Finebloom & Haenel now at 407-218-6277 for a free consultation. We will fully explain your rights, our qualifications and how we can assist you in your case. Don’t delay! These are serious charges requiring immediate aggressive representation.