Any action that results in the death of another is one of the most serious legal matters you will ever face. If you or someone you love is facing a murder or homicide-related charge, it is essential that you bring in an experienced trial attorney.
I have dedicated the majority of my career to trial advocacy. I understand the gravity of these charges in terms of how they affect you and your loved one’s lives, and that a conviction of this type of offense will jeopardize your freedom and your future with possible long-term prison time.
This is a situation that demands the knowledge, skills, and resources of a committed defender. I am dedicated to doing everything legally possible to help you reach a favorable outcome through extensive case investigation, preparation, and courtroom advocacy.
Every American citizen has the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment and the right to legal counsel under the Sixth Amendment. You are not legally required to answer any questions from the police after an arrest, no matter the severity of the charges against you. However, do not resist arrest. Success with your defense may involve presenting contradictory evidence that disproves the accusation against you, establishing an alibi backed by eyewitness testimony, or having expert witnesses testify in criminal trials.
As an attorney with extensive experience in Miami homicide defense, I will be able to identify the best defenses available to you, working tirelessly for you to receive a lighter sentence or a conviction overturned.
Murder in Florida law is defined as the premeditated killing of another. It can also be the killing of another while committing some other felony, such as robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, aggravated stalking, and other crimes.
Manslaughter is defined under Florida law as killing someone “by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without lawful justification.” It may be committed as a voluntary action, by persuading someone else to commit it, or as an involuntary act through negligence, acting as a second-degree felony and carrying up to fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
It is possible for a person to face an entirely wrongful charge of homicide in Florida simply for being in the wrong place at the worst possible time. It is also possible for the police to conduct an arrest of a person based on that person’s appearance. However, civil and constitutional rights violations of the justice system are exceedingly rare.
Florida is one of many US states to enforce a Stand Your Ground law, meaning you have no duty to retreat and the right to respond with force when a threat of force is levied against you. If you were threatened with immediate fatal harm and were forced to protect yourself with lethal force, you may need an experienced defense attorney’s help to prove this in court.
I have several methods of defense for you as a client, and I will work tirelessly to prove your innocence. I recognize the penalties and contingencies for homicide cases, including how they relate to related criminal offenses. Ultimately, there are countless ways a homicide case can evolve into a very complex mess of legal problems for the defendant. The best way to approach this kind of difficult situation is with legal counsel you can trust from a capable and experienced Miami homicide defense attorney, one who put the people first and fights for your freedom.
The defendant could face many years to life in state prison along with various other penalties assigned at the discretion of the judge. Though rarely extended in homicide cases, prosecutors are sometimes willing to offer plea agreements to defendants faced with certain convictions.
A plea deal could enable the defendant to secure a slightly reduced sentence in exchange for a swift guilty plea. As your Miami homicide attorney, I will absolutely work toward a plea deal if necessary. I will also employ extensive litigation experience, representing you in intense criminal court proceedings. With years of professional experience representing defendants in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, I am ready to provide the robust legal defense you need in this dire situation.