Homicide in Florida
Homicide is defined as the killing of one human being by another human being.
Though the words homicide and murder are frequently used synonymously, the truth is the act of homicide is not always a crime, but the act of murder is.
Florida divides the illegal killing of a person into two categories of crimes and, in the case of murder, further separates the crime into degrees:
Penalties for Homicide
The penalties for homicide depend on whether the death was the result of an intentional act, a reckless act, or a grossly dangerous act.
Defenses to Homicide
The killing of a human being is excusable, and therefore lawful, under any one of the following three circumstances:
- When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune in doing any lawful act by lawful means with usual ordinary caution and without any unlawful intent, or
- When the killing occurs by accident and misfortune in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or
- When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune resulting from a sudden combat, if a dangerous weapon is not used and the killing is not done in a cruel or unusual manner.
The killing of a human being is justifiable homicide and lawful if done while resisting an attempt by someone to kill you or to commit a felony against you.
Also known as the justified use of deadly force, self defense is a defense to the crime of First Degree Murder. Please view the section on Self Defense in Florida for more information.
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