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Protect your rights with our experienced violent crime team, familiar with the complexities of our criminal court system today.  Our murder defense investigations include doctors, forensic experts such as DNA experts and Crime Scene Reconstructionists to name a few.  Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC for an immediate free case review.  We’ll come to you if you or a loved one is in jail.  Call (727) 531-2926 now!

Most people do not realize that juvenile charges are very serious. The way a juvenile defense case is handled can have a serious impact on your child well into adulthood. Schools, employers and even branches of the military will have an interest in your child’s case and how it was resolved.  Our skilled juvenile defense team will conduct an in-depth case review which includes an explanation of the elements of the charge(s) and an evaluation of the facts to determine any defenses that may exist.   You need the best legal team you can find now. Our experienced lawyers will mount an aggressive juvenile defense in your child’s favor.  Call (727) 531-2926 for a free case evaluation.


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Murder cases are highly complex. An attorney who agrees to represent an individual who has been charged with murder must have the skills, experience, and resources available to defend this type of case. The Manslaughter and Murder Defense Attorneys at the Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC have represented individuals charged with varying degrees of murder and manslaughter. They have worked with investigators, doctors and forensic experts including DNA experts and Crime Scene Reconstructionists, just to name a few.

The Law Firm of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC has over 20 years of combined experience defending clients charged with all levels of murder and manslaughter.  All Criminal Charges are serious and you need a skilled Murder or Manslaughter Defense Attorney on your side. Call us for a free evaluation at (727) 531-2926 anytime, 24-7!



Murder Manslaughter Defense Attorneys in Clearwater

Juvenile Charges Must Be Taken Seriously, a Future is at Stake

An attorney handling a murder defense or a manslaughter defense habitually think outside the box, leave no stone unturned and contribute an enormous amount of hours to murder defense cases. Our attorneys are very particular about accepting murder or manslaughter defense cases for this very reason. Your defense, rights, and freedom is our very first priority.

Once you retain our firm,

the defense of your case begins immediately

. Witnesses will be interviewed; motions will be filed and evidence that may have not otherwise been preserved will be analyzed and protected. Our office will request documents, police reports, pictures, witness lists and all other evidence the prosecuting agency has in its possession that is relevant to the case. While obtaining this documentation, our attorneys will be conducting a defensive investigation. It is important to remember that law enforcement officers do not always get it right and they do not always speak to every potential witness. They can miss key pieces of evidence that may prove to be beneficial for a defendant. Law enforcement officers do not work for defendants; we do. Therefore, it is so important to hire a knowledgeable and highly skilled attorney who has experience defending homicide cases.



Murder Manslaughter Defense Attorneys in Clearwater

Juvenile Charges Must Be Taken Seriously, a Future is at Stake

Like most states, when mounting a murder defense, Florida allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves or others under certain circumstances. In many states, people who are facing the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury have a duty to retreat before using deadly force to defend themselves, if they can do so safely. Under many circumstances, Florida law allows people facing such threats to “stand your ground,” meaning that there is no duty to retreat before threatening or using deadly force to defend yourself or another person.

If you have been charged with murder or manslaughter under circumstances where you believed that you or another person was in imminent danger, or where your home had been invaded by someone presenting a threat to you or others present, the use of force may have been justifiable.

However, Florida law contains multiple justifiable use of force provisions, which differ somewhat. It may be very difficult for a person without legal training to understand exactly what is and is not considered justifiable under specific circumstances.



Murder Manslaughter Defense

Murder Manslaughter Defense

Of course, this question is impossible to answer without knowing more about your case. Our Manslaughter and Murder Defense attorneys offer a 100% free consultation. Once we have had the opportunity to evaluate your case we are positioned to advise you of the possible defenses you may have. Some common defenses that recur in murder cases are:

  • Self-defense (justifiable homicide)
  • Defense of others
  • Excusable homicide
  • Stand your ground
  • Misidentification
  • Eyewitness
  • DNA evidence
  • Insanity
  • Lack of Intent

Getting an experienced attorney involved early in the murder or manlaughter defense strategy can provide you with choices you never knew you had. Call us for a free evaluation at (727) 531-2926 anytime, 24-7!



Murder Manslaughter Defense Options

Murder Manslaughter Defense

  • Murder (1st degree): This degree of homicide is typically charged when it is determined that the killing was of a premeditated design and/or occurred during the commission of a felony. It carries a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.
  • Murder (2nd degree): To be convicted of 2nd-degree murder, the state must prove that the killing occurred during the act of a crime but not in a planned or premeditated way or manner. This may result from a “ heat of passion ” incident.
  • Murder (3rd degree): No premeditation and no malice. A 3rd-degree murder involves the killing of another during the commission of a less serious felony than those felonies specifically designated under the 1st-degree murder statute.
  • Manslaughter (1st degree): An act that causes the death of another without malice or premeditation.
  • Manslaughter (2nd degree): An act that causes an unreasonable risk and could have been avoided that caused the death of another.

Call the murder and manslaughter defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today to see how we can help. (727) 531-2926 or 1-855-PSF-Firm. We manslaughter and murder cases in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and surrounding counties.