Homicide / Murder Lawyers in West Palm Beach

The term 'homicide' is used interchangeably by most people with "murder." Merriam-Webster defines homicide as: "A killing of one human being by another." The legal term, however, is much more complex.

Homicide is broken down into:

  • 1st degree murder - The unintentional killing of by a person during the commission of a felony
  • 2nd degree murder - Intentional and willful action resulting in the death of a person
  • Manslaughter - A lesser degree of murder, both voluntary and involuntary

Non-criminal homicide, simply stated, is the intentional or unintentional killing of a person. However, there are valid legal defenses, such as self-defense, that are often overlooked by law enforcement.

The number of offenses under the definition of 'homicide' defies detailed explanation here.

If you have been charged with any form or degree of homicide, or are being questioned in the wake of a homicide in or around Palm Beach County, you need immediate help from an experienced homicide defense lawyer.

Why Hire Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. to Represent You?

A homicide charge and conviction is not a simple matter, and could literally mean the difference between life and death. Evidence, whether physical or circumstantial, as well as witness testimony must be considered. The process is long and arduous, as every detail is picked apart and examined. We have defended several cases where an innocent person was accused of murder and later charges were dropped or found not guilty at trial.

As former prosecutors, our West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. are able to comprehend both sides of a homicide case. We know the ins and outs of homicide arrest procedures, evidence-handling and witness testimony, and use that knowledge to bolster your defense. A major facet of our procedure is to unearth any inconsistencies or lack of evidence or testimony, and will use that knowledge aggressively in your defense.

For immediate legal counsel, contact us as soon as possible.