A person charged with homicide faces a significant amount of time in custody, and in the case of murder, the possibility of never being released from custody. In the extreme case of capital murder, they face being sentenced to death.

There are several types of homicide, ranging from manslaughter to capital murder. In some cases, with the assistance of a very skilled defense attorney with significant resources, a murder case could be reduced to manslaughter, or even dismissed due to legal defenses.

Homicide Charges Defined

Homicide is the killing of one human being by another, either lawfully or unlawfully. Homicide includes both murder and manslaughter. A killing is lawful if it is done with justification or as a defense to oneself or another person’s imminent threat of being killed.

Murder is defined as the unlawful and unjustified killing of another human being with malice aforethought . “Malice aforethought” is defined as an intention to unlawfully kill a human being. That intention can be either express (such as pulling out a gun and pointing at a person and pulling the trigger after making a statement that they are going to kill the person) or implied by the actions.

DUI Manslaughter is when a person drives a motor vehicle and has previously had either a DUI or a very bad driving record and then subsequently drives and is either DUI, or violating some other code section, and kills another person. Because the driver is considered to have knowledge of their lack of ability to safely drive, the death is considered to be implied malice murder.

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. Manslaughter may be voluntary or involuntary. Essentially, the difference between manslaughter and murder is that manslaughter was the result of an accident, heat of passion, or some other act in which the person does not have the mental state to commit a murder.

Vehicular Manslaughter occurs when a person drives a vehicle and unintentionally but unlawfully kills another human being. This occurs when the owner knows that there is a defect in the vehicle but still drives and someone is killed as a result of the defect in the vehicle.

Voluntary Manslaughter occurs when a person kills another in the heat of passion, without planning beforehand. The classical example is when a person finds their spouse having sex with another person and reacts immediately by killing.

Involuntary Manslaughter, also known as criminally negligent homicide, occurs when a death is an indirect result of recklessness or negligence. This occurs when a person runs a red light and hits another vehicle and a person is killed.

If you have been charged with a homicide offense in Broward, Dade,  or Palm Beach County, it is important that you seek the services of a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience with these types of cases. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for this offense in the South Florida area, call me, Thomas Morse. I understand the serious nature of this offense, how best to defend you, and how to resolve your case without you going to jail. I have extensive knowledge of the law and the legal system.

Stand your ground

Stand Your Ground is a defense that allows a judge to determine the validity of a self defense claim and should always be alleged when defending homicide cases. A person is under no obligation to retreat in the face of a reasonable fear that threatens life or limb, or threatens the same to a family member. I have argued numerous cases regarding this issue, and in some cases the need to defend one’s self is the most important fundamental issue that insulates the accused. it allows people to protect themselves without fear of arrest or incarceration.

With these things in mind, the best way to approach a domestic violence case is to develop a plan that will not only result in the dismissal of the case, but also bring harmony between you and the accuser.

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Intentional acts may be hard to prove by the prosecutor. 
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