Orlando Murder Attorneys
Serious Defense for Serious Charges in Orange County (Winter Park, Maitland, Wintergarden, & Apopka)
Murder may be the most serious crime that a person can commit. Law enforcement may charge an individual with murder if there is sufficient reason to believe the person intentionally killed another person, apart from self-defense or a legitimate accident.
On This Page:
Contact an Orlando murder defense lawyer if you have been accused of killing another person and need to begin building an effective strategy for defense.
Florida recognizes three different degrees of murder, not including charges for manslaughter.
- First-Degree Murder - First-degree murder refers to an unlawful killing that was intentional or premeditated. This type of charge can also be applied to situations where a death occurred during the committing of a serious felony (for example: kidnapping, robbery, etc.).
- Second-Degree Murder - Second-degree murder refers to unlawful killing that was not premeditated, but the defendant demonstrated a depraved mind and disregard for human life. This can include a death that occurs during a spontaneous act of violence (for example: an argument or fight that escalates out of control).
- Third-Degree Murder - Third-degree murder (which is only used in a few other states) refers to an unintentional death that occurs as a result of a non-violent felony. Someone can also be charged with this crime even if they were not directly responsible for the death but were involved in the crime.
- Manslaughter - Manslaughter refers to an incident in which the defendant did not intend to hurt or kill the other individual and did not act in a way that was malicious. Manslaughter charges can be broken down into either voluntary or involuntary.
Penalties for Murder
The penalties for murder are among the most severe in the legal system, and those who are convicted will often face long-term prison sentences, life-long sentences, and even the death penalty in especially heinous acts of murder. Seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable, skilled Orlando murder attorney is crucial.
Although murder and manslaughter may seem very similar on the surface, there are several important distinctions. Perhaps most importantly, murder involves the intentional killing of another person. While pre-meditation is not a specific requirement, it does indicate murder if it exists. Murder may also be charged in a DUI or other accident where the perpetrator demonstrated recklessness and little or no regard for human life while committing the act.
Protect Your Rights Today
Ali & Blankner understands the seriousness of murder charges. We understand the potential hardships that the accused and their loved ones face in the events leading up to and including murder charges, and we believe in your right to receive the best legal defense available. Our criminal defense firm has over 85 years of combined experience that has helped us to achieve a valuable listing in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, in addition to a prestigious AV Peer Review Rating. Our number one goal is to do everything in our power to minimize or eliminate your murder charges and the penalties you may face. We support your right to a quality defense, and our dedicated legal staff will not rest until every option for your success has been explored.
Large Firm Results, Small Firm Attention
Our criminal defense team in Orlando understands the ins and out of the legal industry, and we have the infrastructure and resources to handle any case that comes our way. We focus on your case specifically to ensure we get the best result for you.
Dedicated & Experienced Counsel
With over 35 years of experience and thousands of clients helped, Ali & Blankner has the skills, resources, and determination to get you the best possible result.
Fighters & Advocates in the Courtroom
The criminal lawyers in Orlando at Ali & Blankner are aggressive advocates who are willing to do whatever it takes to obtain a favorable resolution. We are committed to defending your rights and protecting your future.
Prosecutor Insight & Knowledge
All of our Orlando criminal attorneys are former prosecutors and understand how the other side thinks. When you work with our team, you get a group of individuals who knows how to prepare and fight a winning case.