Orlando Murder & Homicide Attorneys
The Defense You Need Against Murder Charges in Miami
Murder is intentional killing; the act of ending another person’s life with “malice aforethought.” As a criminal offense in the first degree, it can carry the most severe penalties possible under Florida law, including life imprisonment and even death. Contact our Orlando, Coral Gables & Miami murder, homicide attorneys.
If you are facing murder charges, you need an experienced murder attorney to work with you to understand your case, devise a legal strategy, and carry out that strategy with purpose and intent. Anything less will not do your case justice. At The Baez Law Firm, we have achieved successful outcomes in some of the most high-profile murder cases in Florida. If you are seeking a skilled legal advocate to vigorously defend you both in and outside the courtroom, we can help. Contact our Orlando homicide attorneys today.
Understanding Murder Laws in Florida
There are several degrees of murder charges in Florida, the most common being first, second, and third degree offenses. Here is a brief overview of the differences between these charges:
- First degree murder: In Florida, first degree murder can mean one of two things: A premeditated killing, or homicide during the commission of a specified felony. In either case, a first degree murder charges constitutes a capital felony, requiring life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty.
- Second degree murder: A person commits second degree murder when he or she commits a malicious homicide without premeditation, and not while committing specified felonies such as armed robbery or sexual assault. A conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to 30 years, with the state having the option to pursue life imprisonment in certain cases.
- Third degree murder: Third degree murder is the commission of a homicide without intent or malice, and not while committing a specified felony. With a conviction a judge is required to impose a minimum of 10 ⅓ years imprisonment.
Florida murder laws are complex, with many variables going into the determination of the various degrees of charges. Talking to an experienced Orlando murder attorney can help you understand your charges and your various options under the law.
Building an Effective Murder Defense
The ideal defense strategy in any individual case will depend upon the nature of the charges in addition to the details of the case. In a first degree murder case, your lawyer may attempt to show a lack of premeditation. In cases involving a homicide during a felony, your attorney may attempt to show that you lacked intent to participate in said felony. In some cases, charges can be reduced or dismissed based upon uncovered facts in a case.
Murder Defense Attorneys Serving Tampa, Miami, and Orlando
Murder cases of all types require a sound legal strategy. At The Baez Law Firm, we utilize an aggressive courtroom strategy combined with years of experience in the Florida criminal justice system to offer our clients the vigorous defense they deserve. To discuss your case in a free consultation, call us at 800-588-BAEZ or contact us online. Our Orlando murder defense attorneys can help.