Make no mistake: being accused of a violent crime such as homicide is always a serious issue no matter where you are or in what circumstances you find yourself. No matter how safe you may think you are, if the police place you under arrest, it is because they believe that you might be guilty of the crime, and they will do all that they can to convict you. It is advisable that you seek legal assistance as soon as you learn you are a suspect.
Even though all violent crime accusations are serious, there are different degrees of violent crimes, and the more serious offenses have even more significant repercussions. Being accused of manslaughter, for instance, is not as serious as being accused of first-degree murder, especially in Florida. Our state is one of the most frightening states to face first-degree murder charges in for one particular reason: capital punishment.
Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment is an extremely controversial concept, and some states have completely outlawed the death penalty. Unfortunately, for those accused or convicted of first-degree murder and other such serious violent crimes in Florida, our state still allows capital punishment. There are many circumstances that may cause a violent crime to call for the death penalty, which is why it is advisable to seek legal assistance regardless of the crime you are accused of.
The stakes are simply too high not to take your legal defense as seriously as possible, and enlisting the aid of an attorney can only benefit you to make a strong case and prove your innocence. Lack of preparation could lead to a wrongful conviction, and a wrongful conviction could cost you your life.