Zephyrhills, FL asked in Wrongful Death for Florida

Q: What's it mean when they tag on "life felony" to a charge ?

Some guys broke into my house to rob me and my fiance and shot and killed him in the mix,

And now they've dropped there charges down from First Degree Premeditated Murder to Second Degree Murder Life Felony .

And I was wondering what life felony means? Does it mean they would serve life if they were convicted , or if they dropped the charges down from first to second does that mean they would get less time ? I live in FL , thanks in advance .

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1 Lawyer Answer
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It’s probably a distinction without a difference. Both murder 1 and felony murder carry a life sentence. The felony murder rule states that if any death occurs during the commission of a dangerous/violent felony then all the actors involved will go down for murder 1. Aside from the criminal case, you should discuss any possible civil suit against a third party arising from this incident. Discuss with counsel here in Florida.

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