What is third degree felony murder in Florida?

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The crime of Third Degree Felony Murder is a Second Degree Felony which is punishable by 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

This offense occurs when:

  1. Victim is dead.
  2. The victim’s death was caused during and was a consequence of the commission, attempted commission, or escape from the immediate scene of the crime of any felony other than:
    • Trafficking offense prohibited by s. 893.135(1),
    • Arson,
    • Sexual battery,
    • Robbery,
    • Burglary,
    • Kidnapping,
    • Escape,
    • Aggravated child abuse,
    • Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult,
    • Aircraft piracy,
    • Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb,
    • Carjacking,
    • Home-invasion robbery,
    • Aggravated stalking,
    • Murder of another human being,
    • Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person,
    • Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death, or
    • Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism, including a felony under § 775.30, § 775.32, § 775.33, § 775.34, or § 775.35,.
  3. The defendant was the person who actually killed victim, or victim was killed by a person other than defendant, but both defendant and person who killed victim were principals in the commission of crime alleged.

Some of the defenses to Third Degree Felony Murder are:

  • Person did not commit a felony.
  • Victim’s death did not occur during the commission, attempted commission, or escape from the immediate scene of the crime.
  • Person was not a principal in the commission of crime.

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If you have been arrested or believe you will soon be arrested for the offense of third degree felony murder in Destin, Shalimar, Crestview, Ft. Walton Beach or other areas of Northwest Florida please call us today at (850) 609‑0940 or contact us online.

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