murder defense lawyer jacksonville fl

Even though homicide and murder are used interchangeably, they actually mean different things. A homicide means the killing of one person by another, but it doesn’t go into cause or motive, while murder means committing the act of killing another person on purpose with criminal intent, there are instances when one person may kill another person in self-defense, that would not be considered murder.

If you or a loved one are being accused of murder in the Jacksonville, FL area you need to contact us right away. Our criminal defense lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience successfully handling these types of cases in Jacksonville, FL, Duval, and Clay counties and across the state. We will listen to your side of the story, gather evidence, use our knowledge of the law to ensure you or your loved one gets fair treatment from the State and the best possible outcome given the situation.

In the city of Jacksonville alone there have been 94 murders so far in 2021, police officers have made arrests in 33 of the 94 cases. Unfortunately, sometimes people are at wrong place at the wrong time, and they end up getting in trouble. Being honest and forthcoming with your Criminal Defense Attorney is imperative so that they can use their experience, your story and evidence to craft your defense strategy. The last thing you want, is for new information to come afloat while in front of the judge.

What are the different types of murder classifications?

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1st Degree Murder: Constitutes a capital felony punishable by the death penalty or life in prison. First degree murder occurs when:

  • It was premeditated with the intention of killing another person
  • When committed while intending to execute another crime, such as:
    • Trafficking
    • Arson
    • Sexual battery
    • Robbery
    • Burglary
    • Kidnapping
    • Escape
    • Aggravated fleeing or eluding
    • Aggravated child abuse
    • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
    • Aircraft piracy
    • Resisting an officer with violence
    • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb
    • Human trafficking

2nd Degree Murder: Is considered a first-degree felony and it punishable with time in prison, not exceeding 30 years (not exceeding life imprisonment). 2nd-degree murder occurs when:

  • There is a clear disregard of the value of human life, but without any premeditation to kill another human being
  • When carried out by an act imminently dangerous, such as:
    • Trafficking
    • Arson
    • Sexual battery
    • Robbery
    • Burglary
    • Kidnapping
    • Escape
    • Aggravated fleeing or eluding
    • Aggravated child abuse
    • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
    • Aircraft piracy
    • Resisting an officer with violence
    • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb
    • Human trafficking

3rd Degree Murder: Is considered a 2nd-degree felony and is punishable as such, with up to 15 years in prison. 3rd degree murder occurs when:

  • Someone unintentionally kills another human being while attempting to, or committing a non-violent felony

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