FORT LAUDERDALE HOMICIDE ATTORNEYS
Homicide often isn't just a single offense; it sometimes is an unintended act during the commission of another, usually violent crime, such as robbery, burglary or sexual battery. Many times, more than one person involved with the other crime will be charged with homicide - even if he or she did not commit the act. There is an assumption of guilt by association, and in some cases, those charged may, in fact, be innocent. Perlet & Shiner, P.A. has experienced homicide attorneys with a proven track record in South Florida, and are equipped with the expertise and resources to fully and fairly defend your case.
Being falsely accused and subsequently convicted of homicide is more common than some people realize. Since 1973, 26 states overturned previous homicide convictions on 133 people due to proof of innocence. They were released from death row as a result. A 2005 report by the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology found that more than 350 people were wrongfully convicted of a variety of crimes between 1989 and 2003, and have since been exonerated. Perlet & Shiner, P.A., believes that even one wrongful conviction is too many.
The Intricacies of Homicide Charges
Homicide is a general term, with several degrees of severity. There are three basic degrees of criminal homicide: first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter. If you have been charged with homicide, or are being questioned in connection with a homicide in South Florida, immediately contact Perlet & Shiner, P.A., to better understand your rights before it's too late. Their experienced attorneys know the ins and outs of both sides of homicide cases, having worked as prosecutors. They have the unique perspective needed to search for errors in homicide arrests, inconsistencies in testimony, discrepancies in evidence and will use that information to defend your case and fight for a reduced charge or even dismissal of the homicide charge.
Homicide Statistics in Broward County
- In 2008, there were 1,168 homicides committed in Florida, resulting in 882 arrests.
- That same year, Broward County had the third highest number of homicide arrests (74), behind Miami-Dade (134) and Orange (108) counties.
- In 2007, there were 104 homicides in Broward County; 85 were reported in 2008, resulting in a 19% reduction in homicides.
Perlet & Shiner, P.A., represents and defends those charged with murder in all of Broward County, including Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and surrounding cities.
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