Miami Murder Defense Lawyer
Of all of the criminal charges possible under Florida law, murder is generally considered to be the most serious because it involves the taking of another human life. Because of the gravity of this charge and the potential consequences of a conviction, is is absolutely essential that anyone accused of any type of murder charge contact a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Defending against a murder charge is no easy task. Not only is the defendant accused of killing another person, but the defendant himself may face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. Because of this extraordinarily high-pressure situation involved in any murder case, you want an lawyer on your side who is not afraid to handle a challenging case.
At the Baez Law Firm in Miami, no criminal defense case is too serious for us to take on. If you have been arrested for murder or any other type of serious crime, please call our office today so that our Miami murder lawyer can begin working on your case as soon as possible.
Murder Charges in Florida
While all murder charges are serious, Florida law sets out different degrees of murder charges, each with its own possible penalties and elements a prosecutor must prove to get a conviction. The following is some brief information regarding murder charges in Florida:
- First degree — There are two situations that can result in a first degree murder charge, including a killing that was premeditated or a killing that occurred while you were committing another serious or violent felony offense. A conviction for first degree murder will result in either a death sentence or life in prison with no chance of parole.
- Second degree — Second degree murder is a killing that was not premeditated but that was still malicious and carried out with a “depraved mind.” A conviction can mean 30 years to life in prison, depending on the circumstances of the case.
- Third degree — Third degree murder applies when a non-premeditated killing occurs during the commission of a felony that is not contained in the first degree murder definition. This conviction can result in at least 10 and a half years in prison.
Often, you may face more than one degree of a murder charge. For example, if a jury decides a killing was not premeditated, they may not convict you of first degree murder, but may convict you of second degree murder. For this reason, a prosecutor may include more than one possible charge for a better chance at securing a conviction. An experienced murder defense lawyer will know how to defend against all of the various charges you are facing.
Contact a Miami Murder Defense Lawyer Immediately for Help with Your Case
If you are facing any type of murder charge, it may be easy to lose hope. However, you should know that the highly skilled defense lawyers at the Baez Law Firm take on challenging cases head on and can identify many different ways to defend against murder charges. Our Miami murder lawyers offer free consultations in Spanish and English, so please call us at 800-588-BAEZ as soon as possible.