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Murder

Murder (also commonly referred to as homicide) is perhaps the most serious criminal offense that a person can be charged with in Florida. The prosecutors handling these types of cases often feel an obligation to pursue some measure of justice for alleged victims and they will usually seek the maximum possible punishments for alleged offenders.

The police officers who investigate these crimes often feel intense pressure to apprehend a suspect and close these cases. Sometimes, this can lead to innocent people being charged with crimes they did not commit. In other cases, the deadly force used by alleged offenders may be justified under state law.

Murder Defense Lawyer in Broward County, Florida

If you or your loved believe that you could be under investigation or were already arrested in South Florida for an alleged murder, it will be critical for you to not say anything to authorities without legal representation. The Hoffman Firm fights to get criminal charges for violent offenses reduced or dismissed for clients all over Broward County, including Hallandale Beach, Pompano Beach, Cooper City, Hollywood, Lauderhill, and many surrounding communities.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman has extensive trial experience as a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. Call (954) 524-4474 right now to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation that will let our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.


Overview of Murder Charges in Fort Lauderdale

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Murder in the Third Degree Penalties in Florida

Third-degree murder is a felony of the second degree. A second-degree felony conviction is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.

An alleged offender can be charged with third-degree murder for the unlawful killing of a human being—when perpetrated without any design to effect death—when engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any felony other than any of the following:

  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult;
  • Aggravated child abuse;
  • Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death;
  • Aggravated stalking;
  • Aircraft piracy;
  • Arson;
  • Burglary;
  • Carjacking;
  • Drug trafficking offense;
  • Escape;
  • Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism;
  • Home-invasion robbery;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Murder of another human being;
  • Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person;
  • Robbery;
  • Sexual battery;
  • Unlawful distribution of any controlled substance by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user; or
  • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.

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Murder in the Second Degree Charges in Broward County

Second-degree murder is a felony of the first degree. A first-degree felony conviction is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of up to $10,000.

A person can face murder in the second degree charges for the unlawful killing of a human being when it is perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life without any premeditated design to affect the death of any particular individual. An alleged offender can also be charged with second-degree murder if a human being is killed during the perpetration of, or during the attempt to perpetrate, any of the following:

  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult;
  • Aggravated child abuse;
  • Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death;
  • Aggravated stalking;
  • Aircraft piracy;
  • Arson;
  • Burglary;
  • Carjacking;
  • Drug trafficking offense;
  • Escape;
  • Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism;
  • Home-invasion robbery;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Murder of another human being;
  • Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person;
  • Robbery;
  • Sexual battery; or
  • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.

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Murder in the First Degree Penalties in Fort Lauderdale

First-degree murder is a capital felony in Florida. A capital felony conviction is punishable by a maximum sentence of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole and/or a maximum fine of $15,000.

A person can be charged with murder in the first degree when the unlawful killing of a human being was perpetrated from a premeditated design to affect the death of the person killed. An alleged offender may also be charged with first-degree murder if the unlawful killing of a human being resulted from the unlawful distribution of any controlled substance by a person 18 years of age or older, when such drug is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user.

Murder in the first degree charges also apply when the unlawful killing of a human being was committed by an alleged offender engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate, any of the following:

  • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult;
  • Aggravated child abuse;
  • Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death;
  • Aggravated stalking;
  • Aircraft piracy;
  • Arson;
  • Burglary;
  • Carjacking;
  • Drug trafficking offense;
  • Escape;
  • Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism;
  • Home-invasion robbery;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Murder of another human being;
  • Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person;
  • Robbery;
  • Sexual battery; or
  • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.

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Florida Murder Arrest Resources

Crime Scene Unit | Broward Sheriff's Office — The Crime Scene Unit of the Sheriff's Office consists of 12 sworn detectives, 2 sergeants, 1 crime scene technician, and 3 support personnel. The detectives are responsible for the documentation of major crime scenes, including homicides. Visit this website to learn more about some of the state-of-the-art technology employed by the Crime Scene Unit.

Broward Sheriff's Office
2601 W. Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 765-4321

Fort Lauderdale Police Department | Criminal Investigation Division — The Criminal Investigation Division provides investigative follow-up for a number of crimes, including homicide. Members of the Division support this function through crime scene processing, fingerprint analysis, career criminal monitoring, criminal intelligence analysis, and fugitive apprehension. On this website, you can learn more about the Homicide Unit as well as other specialized units such as the Career Criminal Unit, Violent Crimes Unit, and Forensic Unit.

Criminal Investigations Division
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
1300 W. Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
(954) 828-4900


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The Hoffman Firm | Lawyer for Murder Defense in Broward County, FL

Were you or your loved one arrested or do you think that you might be under investigation in South Florida for an alleged murder? It is in your best interest to refuse to make any kind of statement to authorities until you have contacted The Hoffman Firm.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients in Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Davie, and other nearby areas in Broward County. He can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.


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