Homicide attorney Rodney G. Gregory and his team of associates provide criminal defense in Jacksonville, FL, for clients accused of killing another human being. Law enforcement and the court systems are intent on serving the harshest possible sentences for violent crime, and our team of criminal lawyers is here to protect your rights. Call us at (904) 722-2222 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.
Types of Murder Charges
The prosecution will charge a defendant with either first-degree or second-degree murder:
First-degree murder is classified as an intentional and premeditated act that results in the death of a victim. This includes distributing controlled substances, robbery, burglary, sexual battery, arson, kidnapping, and other acts that result in a victim's death. In short, if the prosecution feels it can prove that a defendant planned the murder of another person, there will most likely be a charge of murder in the first degree.
Unlike first-degree murder, second-degree murder (manslaughter) refers to the non-premeditated killing of another person. Examples of second-degree murder can include "heat of passion" acts that result in the victim's death. If a defendant had no intent to kill, but acted recklessly, he or she may be charged with voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.
Rodney G. Gregory can act as your advocate and advisor throughout the entire legal process.
What is Justified Homicide?
Justified homicide also involves the killing of another person, but it is not considered a crime. Some homicides occur out of self-defense or defense of another person against rape, armed robbery, and attempted murder. In these cases, homicide can be defended under Florida's laws, including the Stand Your Ground statute.
Why You Should Hire a Homicide Attorney
If you are convicted of a murder, the jury's mandatory sentence can include life imprisonment and capital punishment. Rodney G. Gregory can act as your advocate and advisor, protecting your rights throughout the entire legal process:
This hearing establishes the amount of bail required based on the likelihood that you will appear at your criminal trial. An attorney can help you secure a fair bail amount by defending your character and the nature of the crime.
A plea bargain is a negotiation with the prosecutor that can lower the severity of your charges and ultimate sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.
During your trial, your homicide attorney will investigate your case, interview witnesses, and provide strong oral and written defense on your behalf. Your defense is responsible for informing you of laws that pertain to your case, developing a case strategy, and acting as your advocate during your trial.
Appeals and Post-Conviction Hearings
If you are wrongfully convicted of homicide, you may be able to appeal your conviction. Your attorney can file a motion asking the judge to overturn the ruling or ask for a new trial. Following arrest, if you are placed on parole and violate your probation, a defense attorney can help argue your case.
Schedule a Consultation
Attorney Rodney G. Gregory and his team have helped many clients through legal proceedings involving serious charges. If you have been charged with homicide, call our office at (904) 722-2222 or contact us online to speak with a legal representative and receive a free review of your case.