murder explained

A murder charge in Florida will typically be classified as either 1st degree or 2nd degree murder. Depending on the charge, you may face the death penalty. Being accused of murder, particularly when you are wrongly accused, is without a doubt, the most serious example of needing an expeienced attorny. It may seem as though your future is hopeless and that nothing can be done.


Murder cases and trials are the most complicated and time-consuming for a criminal defense attorney. You need an attorney that believes in your case and one who will protect you from a system that could wrongfully convict you.


First Degree Murder vs. Second Degree Murder


The charge of "Murder" is defined as the intentional and unlawful killing of another human being. It is a felony charge divided into two classifications:


  • When a murder is premeditated (planned ahead of time) or is committed during the commission of another felony (such as robbery or rape), it is classified as 1st degree murder - a capital felony, punishable by the death sentence.
  • When a murder is not premeditated but is still intentional or shows an extreme disregard for human life (such as committing an action which is extremely dangerous to others), this is classified as 2nd degree murder and is usually a felony in the first degree - punishable by up to 30 years in prison.


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The material on this page represents general legal advice. Since the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained here may be out of date. It is always best to consult a criminal defense attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.