Homicide Defense Attorney Helps You Fight Murder Charges in Orlando

Experienced legal team handles the toughest violent crime cases in Florida

If you have killed another person, regardless of the circumstances, you’re facing a serious situation that requires the counsel and guidance of a skilled attorney. With more than 30 years of experience, our attorney at McShane & McShane Law Firm, P.A. has defended many clients facing charges for aggravated assault, manslaughter, murder and other types of violent crimes. We recognize the gravity of your situation and act without hesitation to mount a strategic and solid defense.

First-degree murder

Of all murder charges, murder in the first degree is by far the most serious. To convict you of first-degree murder, the prosecution must prove that the killing was intentional and premeditated, which means that you thought about or planned the killing. If you’re convicted of first-degree murder, you are sentenced to life imprisonment or death, depending on the circumstances of your case. A criminal law attorney can review your case and determine if you can rely on a justifiable or excusable homicide defense and, if so, have the charges against you eliminated or reduced to second-degree murder or manslaughter.

If a death occurs while you are committing a serious felony, such as terrorism, aggravated child abuse, arson, burglary, robbery, carjacking or drug trafficking, you may be charged with first-degree murder.

Second-degree murder

Unlike first-degree murder, second-degree murder does not require the element of intent. To convict you of second-degree murder in Florida, the prosecution must show the following:

  • The victim is dead.
  • The death was caused by your criminal act.
  • There was an unlawful killing of the victim by an act imminently dangerous to another and demonstrating a depraved mind without regard for human life.

For example, if a man comes home, finds his wife with another lover and kills his wife in the heat of passion, he would likely be charged with second-degree murder.

If you are arrested for second-degree murder, you’re facing a minimum prison sentence of 16.75 years. In the event that you commit murder with a firearm, under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, you’re facing an additional 25-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Contact an Orlando defense attorney who fights aggressively for your rights

If you or your loved one is charged with murder in Florida, our legal team at McShane & McShane Law Firm, P.A. can rush to your side and help you build a solid defense. Schedule a free consultation to discuss safeguarding your freedom by calling 407.648.1500 or contacting us online today. Se habla español.