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St. Petersburg Homicide Lawyer Defends Accused Floridians

Aggressive criminal defense for the most serious criminal charges

If you are implicated in the death of another human being, the case can turn on many issues. Authorities may find no grounds for criminal charges or may decide to prosecute you to the full extent of the law. The lawyer you choose to represent you can have great influence over how investigators and prosecutors view the facts of your case. If you are charged, our attorneys can be the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. At Kidder & Bennett, a former prosecutor can be your biggest ally. Death penalty-qualified defense lawyers have the rigorous training and extensive experience necessary to try complex homicide cases. Our substantial insight into criminal law and the criminal court process allows us to provide strategic representation that gives our clients every advantage under the law.

What Are The Differences Between Homicide & Murder In Florida?

Homicide is the killing of a person. Under Florida law that killing can be justifiable (as in self-defense), excusable (occurring by accident or misfortune) or unlawful. Unlawful homicide can be either murder or manslaughter, as explained below:

  • First degree murder — A capital offense punishable by death or life imprisonment charged for the unlawful killing of a person under these circumstances:
    • Premeditated: The murderer planned ahead of time to kill the victim.
    • Felony murder: The felon, while committing one of several felony crimes enumerated in the statute, kills someone.
    • Resulting from unlawful drug distribution: When an illicit drug is the proximate cause of death, the distributor of that drug (if 18 years of age or older) is charged with murder.
  • Second degree murder — A first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in state prison resulting from these circumstances:
    • Unpremeditated: A person kills with a depraved indifference for human life.
    • Felony murder: During the perpetration of a listed felony crime, the felon does not kill a victim directly, yet the victim is killed (often accidentally by someone trying to stop the crime).
  • Third degree murder — This type of felony murder is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. During the perpetration of a felony crime not enumerated in the statute, the felon directly kills another person without premeditation.
  • Manslaughter — Killing someone by an act of culpable negligence is generally a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But if the victim is a member of a protected class (elderly, minor, peace officer, firefighter, EMT, etc.), the crime is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
  • Assisted self-murder — Helping someone commit suicide is a second degree felony and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Vehicular homicide in Florida requires a finding of reckless driving

Approximately 3,000 fatal vehicle accidents occur each year in Florida. But not every deadly accident results in criminal charges. The prosecution must prove recklessness, rather than simple negligence, to secure a conviction:

  • Vehicular homicide — When reckless driving results in the death of a human being or unborn child of an injured mother, it is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The charge is increased if the driver knew an accident occurred and failed to give information or render aid, as the law requires.
  • Vessel homicide — Essentially reckless driving at sea, this carries the same penalties as if the person were operating a car.

If a death occurs and the driver is proven to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the authorities charge DUI manslaughter.

Get an aggressive defense in St. Petersburg to homicide charges

If you’re facing homicide charges, choosing an attorney is your most important task. Our experienced and effective defense lawyers can evaluate your options, strategize an effective plan and pursue the best outcome possible. Call Kidder & Bennett today at 727.821.8000 or contact our St. Petersburg office online.

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St. Petersburg, FL 33702



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