Effective Defense Against Homicide Charges From A Former Prosecutor

Homicide is the act of unlawfully killing another human being. Under Florida law, there are different degrees of homicide depending upon the circumstances involved. These include:

Involuntary manslaughter is when one person unintentionally kills another person through reckless behavior. The absence of intent is the important distinction between involuntary manslaughter and manslaughter or other types of murder.

Voluntary manslaughter is when one person kills another without prior intent to do so. This is often referred to as a crime that occurs "in the heat of passion."

Murder involves the unlawful killing of another person. There are several types of murder, including first-degree, second-degree and felony murder. To convict someone of first-degree murder, prosecutors must prove the accused acted with premeditated intent to kill.

Second-degree murder involves killing another person by intentionally committing a dangerous act that demonstrates a depraved mind and shows disregard for human life.

Felony murder is first-degree murder that occurs when one person kills another while committing a felony crime or attempting to commit a felony. This may include burglary, kidnapping, sexual battery or a drug offense.

Experience Matters More Than Ever

The stakes are high in homicide cases. You may face a life sentence or the death penalty. It is critical to work with a defense attorney who understands how prosecutors build their case and knows how to defend against these serious charges. Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer Charles L. Truncale has more than 30 years of experience in criminal law, including 23 years as a state and federal prosecutor. He defends clients who face a wide range of complex criminal cases, including manslaughter and murder charges.

Because he has worked on both sides of criminal cases, Mr. Truncale is able to spot any weaknesses in the prosecution's case. He has firsthand knowledge of the flexibility prosecutors have, and he understands how a thorough investigation of his own can result in obtaining lowered charges or a complete dismissal.

Mr. Truncale uses the same skills and intense advocacy honed during his lengthy government career to provide the best defense of the constitutional rights of the accused. He is committed to providing effective legal counsel at affordable rates.

Prompt Action Is Important

The more serious the criminal charge is against you, the more important it is to obtain knowledgeable legal counsel. Contact Charles L. Truncale today to schedule a free consultation by using this website's contact form or by calling 904-469-0653.