What’s the Difference between Murder and Manslaughter?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A person is accused of murder when he or she takes a life intentionally. This can be first degree murder in which thought, planning, and malice were involved. Second degree murder, also known as a crime of passion, is when the murder was a result of elevated emotions. A person can be accused of manslaughter when he or she takes a life due to negligent behavior or during the commission of another crime where murder was not the intent. In short, murder is intentional; manslaughter is accidental. Defending Your Rights The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida have years of experience representing people accused of these crimes. We will fight to protect your rights, and see that a fair, balanced, and just trial takes place. We will look at all the angles and circumstances that led to the accusation of your charges, and build a solid defense to help protect your rights, freedom, and reputation. If you have been accused of murder, manslaughter, or any crime in the areas of 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.