Homicide Charges & Penalties


    A homicide is a grievous act that involves the death of an individual. Sometimes homicide is intentional, while in other cases it occurs unintentionally because of a reckless or negligent act. Either way, a homicide charge is extremely serious and has lasting consequences for everyone involved. Lives are changed forever and families are torn apart. The trial for a homicide case can be lengthy, making it emotionally draining and physically exhausting for both sides. If you have been charged with homicide, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to assist you with the legal details of your defense.

    Types of Homicide

    Homicide is a general term referring to an act that results in the unlawful killing of another human being. There are many criminal acts that fall under the classification of homicide, varying by intent and severity. The following is a list of homicide charges that may be issued in the state of the Florida:

    • Manslaughter
    • Aggravated manslaughter
    • DUI manslaughter
    • Vehicular homicide
    • Third-degree murder
    • Second-degree murder
    • First-degree murder
    • Capital murder

    Manslaughter is a charge that results when an individual commits a negligent or reckless act that results in the death of another, though there was no intention to kill. Murder, on the other hand, involves a deliberate act intended to kill another person.


    All of the above crimes are classified as felonies within the state of Florida. Therefore a conviction for any of these crimes counts as one strike under Florida’s Three Strikes Law. Additionally, being convicted of any of the following crimes results in a lengthy prison sentence or the death penalty, as outlined below:

    • Third-degree felony: Up to 5 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine
    • Second-degree felony: Up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
    • First-degree felony: Up to 30 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
    • Capital felony: Life in prison or the death penalty and up to a $15,000 fine

    For More Information

    To learn more about homicide charges and how to prepare your criminal defense for court, please visit the website of the West Palm Beach criminal lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. today.

    Source by Joseph Devine