Murder Attorney Daytona Beach, FL
Aggressive Defense Against Murder Charges in Volusia County
If you are facing murder charges in Daytona Beach, Deltona or anywhere else in Volusia County, you absolutely must speak with an experienced Daytona Beach murder defense attorney right away. Nothing is more serious than murder charges, so it’s crucial that you have the dedicated defense you need to confront your charges head on. Not only can you expect to be thoroughly investigated, intensely questioned, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but you will also have to contend with the stigma of being an accused murderer.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A. we are committed to providing exceptional legal counsel, dedicated service, and uncompromising defense to those who’ve been accused of murder. We understand the seriousness of the charges you are facing, as well as the toll a murder conviction will take on your life.
Florida Murder Laws
Murder is the act of taking the life of another individual in unjustified circumstances. Whereas taking someone’s life in self-defense or in the defense of another could be argued as justifiable, murder is unjustified homicide and is one of the most heavily penalized crimes in Florida law.
1st Degree, 2nd Degree, 3rd Degree Murders
Anybody accused of murder will face either first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree murder charges. First-degree murder is a more serious offense, as it is premeditated, which means the defendant took some kind of action to plan the murder with malice aforethought. Second-degree murder charges will be brought against a person who kills another due to extreme negligence or disregard for human life. A third-degree murder is often due to criminal negligence or recklessness, also referred to as "manslaughter."
The following are the Florida penalties for murder convictions based on the degree:
- 3rd Degree murders sentences in Florida: carries up to 15 years in prison, with a maximum of 30 years if a firearm is used
- 2nd Degree murder sentence Florida: carries up to life in prison, and requires a mandatory minimum of 25 years if a firearm is used
- 1st Degree murder sentences in FL: carries either the death penalty or life without parole
Fighting Murder Sentences on Behalf of Clients in Florida
With your reputation at stake and your freedom in jeopardy, it’s best to find a Daytona Beach murder attorney you can trust to vigorously defend you against the charges, and come up with creative defense strategies that maximize your chances of winning your case.
As former prosecutors with the State Attorneys’ Office, we understand what goes into prosecuting a murder case, and therefore know what it takes to defend someone accused of murder. You can trust that we will be by your side every step of the way, doing whatever we can to resolve your case in the best possible outcome, whether that means taking your case to trial, motioning for a dismissal, or negotiating with the prosecution for a reduction of the charges.
I thoroughly recommend Brett Schwartz as a defense attorney.
“I thoroughly recommend Brett Schwartz as a defense attorney. He worked tirelessly and relentlessly to get my case dropped even before it went to trial. He succeeded, although the odds were heavily stacked against us.”
Should you ever need a defense attorney, he is the person to contact.
“I was referred to Brett Schwartz by a friend facing very serious charges. He was very understanding and also very honest, walked us through the process of what could happen from beginning to end best case scenario and of course worst case scenario.”
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