Difference between Murder and Manslaughter

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Manslaughter is still a murder charge, but the definition and penalties are significantly different. According to Florida criminal law, there are three types of manslaughter:

  • Manslaughter by Act – The death of another person is caused by an act that was neither excusable, nor justified
  • Manslaughter by Procurement – The death of another person is caused by persuading, inducing, or encouraging another person to commit murder
  • Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence – The death of another person is caused by your engaging in culpably negligent conduct, such as driving while intoxicated

By comparison, there are two types of murder that do not fall under manslaughter:

  • First-degree murder – Occurs when though, intent, and malice went into the killing of another person
  • Second-degree murder – Also known as a “crime of passion,” this occurs when the death of another person was the result of emotional or physical duress, and not forethought or intention

Depending on the type of murder charge you face, our attorneys will cater your defense to help protect your rights and freedoms. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Situations get out of hand, and unfortunate consequences follow. Knowing this, our attorneys will work closely with you to build a solid defense, and see that you are granted the fair trial you deserve.

If you have been accused of any type of murder in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.