Homicide Criminal Defense Attorney
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Homicide crimes are those that involve killing another person. These crimes are punishable with long prison sentences and in some cases, life or death. Homicides can be classified as manslaughter or murder, which are very fact-specific.
If you have been arrested or you are being questioned regarding a homicide case, contact the law offices of Tony Bennett Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Different Types of Homicide Charges
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could face different types of homicide charges. The most common include:
- Justifiable Homicide – This is when the use of deadly force is considered justified – such as resisting an attack or attempt on your life by another person and you killed them in self-defense. Justifiable typically occurs when you are attacked without provocation or in your own home and you were protecting yourself from someone attempting to harm you.
- Excusable Homicide – This is when a homicide occurs while a person was performing a lawful act using lawful means. For example, military soldiers who are commanded to kill enemy soldiers. Excusable homicide can also be accidental, without unlawful intent, such as in the heat of passion.
- Murder – Murder is the killing of another human being.
- Manslaughter – This is when someone is killed because of your negligence, but was unintentional – such as a drunk driving accident.
The Different Degrees of Murder
If you are arrested for murder, you could face several different degrees – depending on the circumstances of your case. These include:
- First Degree Murder – The killing of a person that is premeditated. This means you intended to kill that person and it was in no way an accident.
- Second Degree Murder – You caused the death of another person without premeditation or intention. Sometimes this can be when someone has a blatant disregard for the safety of another person or when a person is killed while the person is perpetrating – such as robbery.
- Third Degree Murder – This is the unlawful killing of a person that occurs unintentionally – such as arson.
Arrested for Homicide? Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away
If you were arrested or you are being questioned regarding a homicide case, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Let Tony Bennett Law help protect your rights and freedom.
Call our office in Jupiter, FL today at 561-972-7021 for a free consultation.