When someone is killed, charges may fall under the term “homicide” under Florida Statutes Chapter 748. However, despite what television shows would have you believe, not every homicide is a murder. The death or killing of any person is a tragedy, but the fact is that in many cases, it is actually manslaughter charges that will arise.
Whether or not you are at fault for the victim’s death, you may find that the charge of murder is inapproriate for the circumstances and therefore may have the charges reduced to manslaughter. But if they are reduced to manslaughter, is it possible to reduce the charges further? In this brief article, a Tampa manslaughter defense attorney with The Rickman Law Firm weighs in.
First, it’s important to understand the differences between murder and manslaughter. The major difference is that murder requires some level of malice or forethought, whereas manslaughter does not.
There are three types of manslaughter, including:
As previously mentioned, the key difference between murder and manslaughter is premeditation or intent. With this in mind, it is possible to reduce your charges from murder to manslaughter based on the circumstances. It is important to discuss this option with a Tampa manslaughter defense lawyer.
In most cases, since murder and manslaughter are homicides, the charges can often not be reduced any lower. However, your attorney can still help you enter a plea and understand the best defense for your specific case.
In order to discuss manslaughter charges that may arise against you, or if you suspect that you are being investigated, contact a Tampa manslaughter defense attorney with The Rickman Law Firm. We have years of experience working with cases just like yours and will be able to pursue all necessary evidence and witnesses to obtain a favorable outcome. Our attorneys will not only look into the event, but will also examine the arrest to determine if your rights were violated.
For a free consultation with a Tampa manslaughter defense lawyer, please contact The Rickman Law Firm today.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.