Fort Lauderdale Murder Defense Attorney
Aggressive Criminal Defense in Broward County
Murder is one of the most serious criminal charges that can be brought down upon someone, and the law severely punishes those who are convicted. If you are accused of murder, the first move you should make is to get an attorney to work on your defense. What a Fort Lauderdale murder defense attorney does is look at the details and the evidence in your case and in the prosecutor arguments to see if there are any holes or weaknesses. Your attorney then uses that to defend you.
Take a look at the benefits of hiring Hager & Schwartz, P.A. to handle your case:
- Defense from former prosecutors
- 24/7 availability
- Free initial consultations
- Decades of experience
Find out more about your legal options by calling our firm today at (954) 840-8713!
Types of Murder Charges
If one is charged with first-degree murder, it indicates that it is considered that the act was premeditated, planned with malice aforethought. This can include acts of intentional poisoning, lying in wait, imprisonment, torture, etc. If a death of another individual occurred during the commission of another felony, in Florida law, this death can also be charged as a first-degree murder. First-degree murder charges can result in life in prison or the death penalty.
There are two types of murder charges:
- First degree
- Second degree
When the charge is second-degree murder, this is in cases in which a death occurred that shows an extreme disregard for human life. This can include acts of unlawful distribution of certain substances that may cause the death of the user, for example. The penalty for second-degree murder can include up to 30 years in state prison.
Defenses against Charges of Murder
The defendant's state of mind is what differentiates murder from other offenses, like manslaughter. If the intent was premeditated and calculated, this would be considered murder If the act was accidental and/or unintentional, this would be considered manslaughter under the law.
Also, any mental condition that may have affected a person's judgment may be taken into account, such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Medication side-effects
- Temporary insanity
If the killing was not intentional, it may be considered reckless killing, criminally negligent homicide, or manslaughter, as motive and/or intent must be proven by prosecution to make a valid case against an individual for murder charges. These cases are understandably emotionally charged. There are often members of the deceased person's families who are intent upon seeing you convicted. In many cases, the charge is unfounded as the death occurred due to self-defense, or the accused was not involved in any way. Whatever the situation is, you need legal help quickly of the highest quality.
That is where Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can step in and handle your case. Contact us so that we can begin crafting your defense!