Murder / Manslaughter
In Florida, both murder and manslaughter charges are extremely serious. Murder is a homicide due to premeditation (commonly referred to as “malice aforethought”) on the part of the accused. Premeditation describes an action that is carried out with planning or deliberation; malice aforethought describes a murder that is carried out intentionally, recklessly, and with extreme disregard for human life. There are also charges of 2nd and 3rd degree murder depending on the circumstances of the case. In Florida, murder carries a sentence of either life in prison or the death penalty.
Manslaughter typically falls into two categories: voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter is basically the crime of killing another human being without premeditation or planning. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a death results due to an act of recklessness or criminal negligence; it includes the charge of vehicular manslaughter, which is a very common form of involuntary manslaughter and is defined as a death that results because of criminal negligence or disobeying traffic safety laws. A manslaughter conviction in Florida carries a sentence of up to life in prison but does not include the death penalty.Gainesville Murder and Manslaughter Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of either murder or manslaughter, attorney Robert G. Whittel can help. He will review the circumstances of your case and will fight for your rights and your freedom. Contact the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton today to discuss your murder or manslaughter case with an experienced attorney. Mr. Whittel will make every attempt to have the charges lowered or dropped depending on the circumstances of your murder or manslaughter case.
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