Brian Kirlew, Esq. is one of South Florida’s most experienced and skilled murder/homicide attorneys. While most criminal defense lawyers go their entire careers without trying even one murder case, Brian Kirlew, Esq. has personally represented more than 30 individuals charged with murder or other homicide offenses, and tried over a dozen murder/homicide cases before a jury. Our Firm is unique in that we have vast experience in serious felonies and complicated criminal matters. Murder cases and homicide offense are different. They require not just an experienced lawyer, but a team of experienced legal professionals who can fully investigate and prepare the best possible defense. Contact our experienced Miami murder and homicide attorneys today.
A homicide is an unlawful killing of another. In Florida, several offenses are covered in Chapter 782, the “Homicide Statute”. In Florida, these offenses include:
- Murder (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree)
- Felony Murder
- Attempted Murder
- Attempted Felony Murder
- DUI/BUI Manslaughter
- Vehicular Homicide
- Assisted Suicide
- Killing an unborn child by injury to the mother
Homicide investigations are complex and detailed The very best detectives investigate these offense and the very best prosecutors are assigned to them. That is why when you or a loved one is charged with a homicide offense, you want to have the very best criminal defense attorney and investigative team on your side.
Generally speaking, the maximum penalty for most homicide/murder offenses is life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Additionally, if the Defendant is charged with a first degree murder, the state can seek the death penalty. The death penalty is sometimes sought in cases where the facts are gruesome or the Defendant had a prior conviction for a violent felony.
The first thing you should do is consult with an experienced Miami Criminal Defense Attorney. Do not discuss your case or the investigation with anyone, including your family or spouse. Never speak to the police. Do not voluntarily go into the police station for questioning. If you are arrested or detained by the police, immediately demand to speak with an attorney. Police officers will often try to intimate a suspect and manipulate them into giving a statement or confession. They might lock a suspect in a room for a long period of time. This is a tactic used by the police to get a suspect to break under pressure. The police will even leave you in a room with your cellphone; hoping that you call someone while the cameras are rolling. Again, the only person you should be calling is Brian Kirlew to inform him you have been detained and you need representation. Absolutely nothing else should be said in the presence of the police officers, in a police station or the back of a squad car.
The Florida Stand Your Ground law, in the context of a murder or homicide offense, generally applies when the Defendant was either the victim of a forcible felony at the time of the killing or attempted killing, or the Defendant reasonably believed that he or someone else was going to be the victim of death or serious bodily injury. The prosecution has the burden of proof in a pre-trial hearing to establish by clearing and convincing evidence that the accused didn’t have a legal right to meet force with force. These pre-trial hearings become trials without a jury. They require the same preparation and execution that a trial requires
Defending a murder or homicide cases is much different than any other criminal offense. The very best detectives and prosecutors are assigned to these cases. Any person charged with one of these offenses must have the very best defense if they are to even stand a chance in court. Brian Kirlew, Esq. and his team take a collaborative approach to murder and homicide cases. Every single homicide offense has an investigator that is involved from the outset. The investigators assist the attorney in locating witnesses, documents and other physical evidence that can be beneficial to the case. Each document submitted in the case is painstakingly reviewed by the attorney and his investigative team for inconsistencies, additional suspects or potential defenses.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, charged or is under investigation for any murder or homicide offense, contact our office immediately. The consequences on these cases can literally be life or death, and you must make sure that you or your loved one is given the best defense.
It’s important that you contact Brian Kirlew, Esq. at 305-521-0484 immediately.