A sharp rise in homicides this year is hitting large U.S. cities across the country, signaling a new public-safety risk unleashed during the coronavirus pandemic, and amid recession and a national backlash against police tactics.
A Wall Street Journal analysis of crime statistics among the nation’s 50 largest cities found that reported homicides were up 24% so far this year. Police were first hit by coronavirus and then blowback in the neighborhoods after the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd while in police custody.
What Is the Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter?
Murder is the intentional act of ending another person’s life with malice and aforethought. First-degree murder can carry the most severe penalties under Florida law, including life imprisonment and even the death penalty. A manslaughter is an act of ending another person’s life without malice and aforethought.
How Serious is Murder in Florida?
There are several degrees of murder in Florida, the most common being first, second, and third-degree offenses.
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 charge constitutes a capital felony, requiring life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty.
Second-degree murder is the commission of a malicious homicide without premeditation. A conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to 30 years, with the state having the option to pursue life imprisonment in aggravated cases.
Third-degree murder is the commission of a homicide without intent or malice. A conviction can result in a minimum of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum of 15 years imprisonment.
How Serious is Manslaughter in Florida?
There are three types of manslaughter charges in Florida:
Manslaughter by Act (called Voluntary Manslaughter) is committed when a person commits an intentional act that is neither excusable nor justified, and it results in the death of another person.
Manslaughter by Procurement (also considered Voluntary Manslaughter) involves persuading, inducing, or encouraging another person to commit an act that results in the death of another person. Both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges are typically second-degree felonies under Florida law and can result in a sentence up to 15 years imprisonment. Aggravated manslaughter is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence (known as Involuntary Manslaughter) takes place when a person engages in “Culpably Negligent” conduct which results in the death of another person.
Florida law defines vehicular manslaughter as the act of killing a human being by the operation of a motor vehicle in a reckless manner that is likely to cause the death of or great bodily harm to another. DUI Manslaughter is considered a second-degree felony in the State of Florida, punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum of up to 15 years in prison.
Should I contact a Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you or a loved one have been arrested for murder or manslaughter it is critical that you get help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. The process is complex and requires someone with trial experience and knowledge concerning this very serious charge. The laws are complex. You may need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to explain your options and get a favorable resolution.
Why The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A.?
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. have experience with murder and manslaughter cases and will work vigorously to resolve your situation. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. have the experience necessary to deal with and resolve the complex issues associated with murder and manslaughter cases. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. are bilingual and will provide a free and confidential consultation so that you can discuss your situation. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. can help you understand all of your options.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for murder or manslaughter and need help, The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. will guide you through the process. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. can assist you in getting the best possible outcome. Murder and manslaughter cases are complex. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Fernandez, P.A. may be able to help you find a solution.
Attorney Daniel J. Fernandez has murder and manslaughter trial experience and will work diligently to get your situation resolved favorably. Contact us today so we can fight for you and protect your rights. Call (813) 229-5353.