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Murder (also commonly referred to as homicide) is perhaps the most serious criminal offense that a person can be charged with in Florida. The prosecutors handling these types of cases often feel an obligation to pursue some measure of justice for alleged victims and they will usually seek the maximum possible punishments for alleged offenders.

However, being charged with this crime is not the same as being convicted of the offense. The truth is law enforcement officials who investigate these crimes often feel intense pressure to apprehend a suspect. Investigators may make any one of a number of errors in their attempts to close a case. Innocent people may be accused of crimes they did not commit, or alleged offenders could have perfectly reasonable explanations for having used deadly force to protect themselves or others.

If you or your loved believe that you could be under investigation or were already arrested for an alleged murder, it will be critical for you to not say anything to authorities without legal representation. The Hoffman Firm fights to get criminal charges for violent offenses reduced or dismissed for clients in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Call (305) 928-1669 to let an experienced criminal defense attorney fight for you immediately.

First-Degree Murder in Florida

Murder in the first degree is a capital felony in Florida that is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. A person can face these charges in three different scenarios.

An alleged offender will be charged with first-degree murder when the unlawful killing of a human being was perpetrated from a premeditated design to affect the death of the person killed. A person can also be charged with murder in the first degree if the unlawful killing of a human being resulted from the unlawful distribution of any controlled substance by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user.

First-degree murder charges also apply when the unlawful killing of a human being was committed by an alleged offender engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any one of the following:

Florida Second-Degree Murder Laws

Murder in the second degree is a first-degree felony that is punishable by life in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. An alleged offender can face second-degree murder charges for the unlawful killing of a human being when it is perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life without any premeditated design to affect the death of any particular individual.

A person can also be charged with murder in the second degree if a human being is killed during the perpetration of, or during the attempt to perpetrate, any of the following:

  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Drug trafficking offense
  • Escape
  • Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism
  • Home-invasion robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder of another human being
  • Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person
  • Robbery
  • Sexual battery
  • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb

Third-Degree Murder in Florida

Third-degree murder is a felony of the second degree. A second-degree felony conviction is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.

An alleged offender can be charged with third-degree murder for the unlawful killing of a human being—when perpetrated without any design to effect death—when engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any felony other than any of the following:

  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Drug trafficking offense
  • Escape
  • Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism
  • Home-invasion robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder of another human being
  • Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person
  • Robbery
  • Sexual battery
  • Unlawful distribution of any controlled substance by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user
  • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb

Get Experienced & Aggressive Legal Counsel Today

If you or a loved one has been arrested or might be under investigation for murder, it is in your best interest to refuse to make any kind of statement to authorities until you have contacted The Hoffman Firm. Our Miami murder defense attorney has decades of complex criminal trial experience, including significant time spent as an Assistant State Prosecutor with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office where he handled more than 100 jury trials.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Why Should You Choose The Hoffman Firm?

Here Are Six Reasons
  • Client-Focused Representation

    Our Firm is dedicated to client satisfaction. We are available 24/7 to help those in need.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has over two decades of experience fighting for the accused.

  • Premier Criminal Defense Firm

    Experienced Attorney Evan Hoffman has handled some of the most high profile and complex cases.

  • Proven Track Record

    Client satisfaction is our top priority. At The Hoffman Firm we take great pride in our success and case victories.

  • Florida Former State Prosecutor

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors throughout Florida.

  • Free Initial Consultation

    We offer free initial consultations to ensure that we have your best interests in mind.

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