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Murder Attorney Jacksonville FL

Qualified Lawyers Specializing in Murder Charges Jacksonville Florida

Don't Face a Murder Charge Alone.

Murder is the most serious crime in the Florida Statutes and therefore has the most serious penalties. A homicide is typically filed in one of four degrees; the degree depends on the level of intent. Intent is the element of thought or action that went into the execution or act of the crime.

First-degree murder is a capital offense. In order to obtain a conviction for capital murder, the State must prove the defendant acted with premeditation. First-degree murder may also be the result of what is called felony murder, a felony murder occurs when a victim is killed during the commission of a felony.

Second-degree murder is a life offense. Unlike murder of the first degree, second-degree murder does not require premeditation; it only requires an intent of recklessness, or as defined by Florida Statutes, “any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life.”

Manslaughter is a second-degree felony, which does not require any intent, but often stems from the negligence of a defendant. This can result from a variety of situations and often is used when an imperfect self-defense claim is used.

Aggravated manslaughter of a child is a first-degree felony. This can only result from negligence resulting in the death of someone under the age of 18.

In a majority of criminal prosecutions for murder, a gun or firearm is the cause of death. If this weapon is used, the 10/20/Life law will trigger mandatory minimum penalties.

If you or someone you know is under arrest or investigation for any homicide, you must contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Do not talk to the police or investigators as anything you say can and will be used against you in a criminal trial. Call criminal defense attorney Bryant now to discuss you legal rights when you're charged with murder.

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