Murder / Manslaughter

Tampa Murder Defense Lawyers

Manslaughter & Criminal Homicide Defense Attorneys in Tampa

Homicide is the criminal act of killing another person. Of all crimes, homicide is regarded as one of the most severe and involves the harshest legal consequences. Homicide may occur as the result of a fight, dispute, or violent conflict. Some homicides occur during the commission of other crimes, such as gang or hate crimes. Homicide is categorized as a violent crime, which is a criminal act involving the threat or use of violence.

Like all violent crimes, homicide cases are vigorously prosecuted. District attorneys are eager to obtain convictions for homicide offenses. If a person is convicted of murder or manslaughter, they could be sentenced to decades in prison, life imprisonment, or the death penalty. For this reason, it is critical to hire an experienced Tampa violent crime attorney in the face of Florida criminal homicide charges.

Facing homicide charges in the Tampa area? Contact our law firm today: (813) 221-4200.

Murder Charges in Tampa, FL

If you have allegedly taken another person's life, you will face extremely harsh penalties if you are convicted. In Florida, you can even be sentenced to receive the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances.

There are many degrees of severity in the state of Florida when it comes to murder charges:

  • First-Degree Murder: This is a capital felony. The state may seek the death penalty.
  • Second-Degree Murder: This may result in an imprisonment sentence up to 30 years.
  • Third-Degree Murder: If you are convicted, you may face 10 or more years in prison.

Manslaughter Charges in Tampa, FL

If you have been charged with manslaughter, you could face severe punishments, including extensive incarceration. It is extremely important that you contact a defense lawyer immediately.

Manslaughter charges can be divided into the following:

  • Voluntary Manslaughter: This charge usually involves intentionally killing another person but without premeditation. This might be termed a "passion" killing.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: This usually involves criminal negligence of some sort. An act that was not premeditated that resulted in the death of another may be considered involuntary manslaughter.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter: This involves causing the death of another while operating a motor vehicle (possibly while under the influence of drugs or alcohol).

Contact Thomas & Paulk Today

If you have been charged with any level of murder or manslaughter, you need aggressive legal help, and you need it fast. Even if the situation may seem hopeless, a skilled lawyer could be able to get you a reduced sentence or even get your case dismissed, depending upon the circumstances. Contacting an attorney as early as possible could make the difference. It is vital that you do everything possible to help ensure that your constitutional rights are protected throughout the process. This type of dangerous charge could ruin your life. 

You cannot trust your defense to anyone but the best. 

At Thomas & Paulk, our Tampa criminal defense lawyers have what it takes to handle even the most complex of violent crime cases. Backed by our experience as felony prosecutors, we can build strong defense strategies designed to address the unique circumstances of your murder or manslaughter charges. 

If you've been charged and would like to speak with an experienced attorney, call (813) 221-4200. We offer completely free, confidential consultations.