Killing a person amounts to homicide, but the circumstance of the killing plays a huge role in the criminal implications under Florida criminal law.
If you have been implicated in a murder, it is crucial that you partner with a murder defense attorney in Tampa who is competent, resourceful, and aggressive. Anthony Rickman is a former prosecutor and skilled defense attorney. He is intimately familiar with criminal law and knows how to navigate the legal process with precision. Mr. Rickman will provide you with professional representation, a winning defense, and will ensure your rights are protected at every step of the legal process.
If you or a loved one is named as an alleged defendant in the unlawful killing of another person it’s important to know the type of charges and penalties you may be up against. Murder is classified depending on the gravity of the crime and the intent of the defendant.
First-degree murder is the most serious of murder charges. It is the intentional (premeditated) killing of another person, even if it occurs accidentally while committing or attempting to commit another unrelated felony offense. A first-degree murder can result in a death sentence (capital first-degree murder) or life imprisonment.
Second-degree murder is a non-premeditated murder. A charge of second-degree murder can result in 16.75 years to up to life imprisonment. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a combination of prison time, probation, and fines will also be applied. For example, the involvement of a firearm will carry a minimum prison sentence of 25 years up to life.
Third-degree murder, also referred to as a felony in the second degree, is the less severe of the former two, but still a serious offense. A third-degree murder occurs when someone is unintentionally killed while a defendant is attempting or committing a nonviolent felony. A conviction leads to between 10-15 years in prison.
Common defenses include justifiable, excusable, self-defense, or an ironclad alibi. Due to the complexity of these cases, it is recommended that you contact a murder defense lawyer in Tampa for legal counsel and a strong defense strategy.
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.