A homicide is taking the life of another human being without justification. A homicide that is premeditated, or planned, is called first degree murder and is a capital felony , punishable by the death penalty in Florida. A homicide that is not planned is a second degree murder, which is punishable by up to life in prison.
A felony murder occurs when someone commits a crime and the death of someone is a result of that crime. This is also punishable by the death penalty.
Manslaughter is when someone acts with reckless disregard for human life and causes the death of another person.
Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter are crimes where the life of another person is taken as a result of committing a severe traffic infraction or driving while impaired and getting in a fatal car accident.
In order to prove a vehicular homicide or DUI manslaughter the State must prove that the driving pattern of the person charged actually caused the accident
In many circumstances, there good reasons to commit a homicide, such as protecting yourself, your family, or your home. This is called self-defense and if self defense occurs in your home, it falls under the “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand Your Ground” law.
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