Homicide is defined as the killing of one person by another. Not all homicides constitute crimes. Some killings, such as those made in self-defense, are not considered crimes. Criminal homicides range from involuntary manslaughter to first degree murder, with a spectrum of possible charges in between.
Factors which push a killing from one category to another are: was it premeditated, was there intention to cause death, was death caused on purpose, and if not, whether the killer acted with criminal negligence, recklessness, or with obvious disregard for human life.
Sentences handed down upon conviction vary widely between the different charges, and can include life without the possibility of parole, and the death penalty in Florida, for first degree murder convictions.
If you are suspected of or have been charged with a Homicide, this is a very serious charge. It is in your best interest to call The Law Offices of André A. Rouviere to meet with you for a free consultation 305.774.7000