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Criminal Defense in Tampa

If you have taken the life of another person, you may lose your life at the hands of the justice system. When you are accused of murder in Florida, your Tampa Criminal Attorney can literally be a lifesaver. When you hire us, to shield you from murder charges, you can be certain that you are receiving a top murder defense in Tampa, Florida.

Our office's first defense strategy in a murder charge will be to show the murder was in self defense. If we can show that you were acting to protect yourself or another person, the homicide may be seen as justifiable and go completely unpunished. If this is not possible, you will face criminal charges for vehicular homicide, manslaughter or murder.

Vehicular homicide is applicable when someone dies due to the reckless driving of another person. This charge is usually levied against drunk drivers. People charged with vehicular manslaughter will be facing either first or second degree felony charges, which may result in up to 30 years of jail time and a $10,000 fine.

When someone accidentally kills another person, they may face manslaughter charges. Many times, when a fight results in a death, manslaughter is charged because the defendant had no intention to actually kill the person. These charges are usually second degree felonies and can result in up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. If the act was a hate crime, the charge may be upped to a first degree felony.

When a homicide is a murder charge, there are three categories it may be charged as: first, second and third degrees. First degree murders are preplanned or occur during the commission of other serious felonies, like bank robbery or kidnapping. These charges can result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.

When a murder is not preplanned, but still shows a disregard for human life, it may be a second degree murder charge. These charges result in serious consequences, which may include a life sentence and up to $15,000 in fines. Third degree murder is charged when someone is accidentally killed during the commission of a serious felony. These crimes are punished by up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Your Tampa criminal lawyer will question the constitutionality of evidence presented against you. He will present evidence to strengthen your alibi and build your character in court. If evidence is overwhelmingly against you, your Experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney will work to have your charges reduced or to negotiate a successful plea bargain with the prosecution.

If you have been accused of homicide, please contact a skilled Tampa criminal lawyer from our offices.