For an offense as serious as capital murder, there is a possibility that a person could end up sentenced to death. The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is still allowed in Florida. It is not legal in all states, but since Florida allows it, it can be used as a penalty for those who have committed serious criminal acts.
The only exemptions allowed for defendants is if they are insane or pregnant. They are not able to be executed while in that condition, but the law does not limit execution if they recover or after they give birth.
How is capital punishment performed in Florida?
Capital punishment used to only involve electrocution. Today, it can be done through lethal injection or electrocution. Lethal injection is more humane in most cases, so it is typically used. However, the person sentenced to death can choose electrocution as the manner.
Florida’s laws are cautious in regard to preserving capital punishment, so they state that any other constitutional means of performing capital punishment is allowed if lethal injection or electrocution is found to be unconstitutional.
State laws often change, so there is a possibility that capital punishment will end in Florida in the future. For now, that is not the case. In the past, between 1972 and 1976, capital punishment was illegal. However, it was legalized once again in 1976. The majority of states no longer allow for capital punishment, but some do still retain it as a final means to an end. This is something to be aware of if you’re facing charges for murder.