To be accused of murder is an event that alters a person’s life from that point forward, even if ultimately exonerated of the crime. A conviction for homicide can conceivably come with the ultimate cost, the death penalty. The seriousness of this charge is why a criminal defense for a murder charge must be handled by an attorney with years of experience with homicide cases and defense.
Robert Zlatkin, Ocala criminal defense lawyer is that attorney, and is eager to provide the best legal representation available to ensure that justice is done.
Homicide is defined at the killing of a human being by another human being. A homicide charge in Florida is a complicated legal matter with a great many elements that can affect the severity of the charge, the outcome and any punishment imposed.
Third degree murder is defined as the unintentional killing of a person during the committing or attempt to commit a non-violent felony offense. Murder in the third degree is a second-degree felony, and punishable by as much as 15 years in prison, 15 years’ probation, and a $10,000 fine.
Second degree murder is committed when someone commits what is called Murder with a Depraved Mind, or Accomplice Felony Murder.
Second degree murder constitutes a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison, and a $10,000 fine. Barring grounds for a downward departure, a person convicted of murder in the second degree faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 16 ¾ years in prison.
First degree murder applies only to premeditated murders or felony murder.
Murder in the First Degree is a Capital Offense punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty. The option to seek the death penalty is decided by the prosecutor.
Defense against charges of having killed someone are constrained by circumstances pertinent to what led up to the killing. Specific defenses include:
If you are facing homicide charges, contact Robert Zlatkin, Ocala criminal defense lawyer. Robert Zlatkin has the courtroom experience and legal expertise needed to contest such gravely serious charges. He will address your case with the utmost professionalism and respect.