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What Are the Different Types of Murder Charges in Arizona?

Homicide is when one human being causes the death of another. However, violent crimes like murder and manslaughter are forms of homicide that differ based on whether there was intent to commit the crime or not. Murder and manslaughter are types of homicide that carry severe penalties, so if you are convicted of these crimes, you may face the following charges and penalties:

Negligent homicide -A person commits negligent homicide if, with criminal negligence, the person causes the death of another person, including an unborn child (at any stage of development).

  • Class 4 felony punishable by 1 to 3.75 years in prison

Manslaughter -A person commits manslaughter if they recklessly cause the death of another person or commit second-degree murder upon a sudden fight or heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim. Manslaughter involves second-degree murder resulting from threats or coercion using unlawful physical force. It also involves intentionally providing the physical means for a person to commit suicide, with the knowledge that the person intends to do so.

  • Class 2 felony punishable by 3 to 12.5 years in prison

First-degree murder -A person commits first-degree murder if they intend or know that their conduct will cause death and causes the death of another person, including an unborn child, with premeditation.

  • Class 1 felony punishable by death or life imprisonment

Second-degree murder -A person commits second-degree murder if, without premeditation, they intentionally kill another person, including an unborn child. Or, as a result of intentionally killing another person, they cause the death of an unborn child. It also involves recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death of another person, including an unborn child.

  • Class 1 felony punishable by death or life imprisonment

A homicide charge has harsh consequences even if you don’t get convicted. This is because you could face a lifetime of obstacles getting a job, approval for housing and maintaining trusting relationships with loved ones. Thus, a homicide charge is not something to take lightly, as an accusation can have far-reaching impacts on your livelihood before you even go to trial.

To learn more about how we can fight your homicide charge, arrange a consultation online or by calling (928) 323-0910 today!

Defenses to Homicide Accusations

Since homicide presents itself in various ways, our defense lawyer will first evaluate the details leading up to your accusation. Once we gather the information we need, we can analyze the best possible defense strategies for your unique circumstances.

No case is the same, so we can explore various defenses to best tackle your homicide charges, such as:

  • Self-defense
  • Duress
  • Justifiable homicide
  • Coerced confession
  • False accusations
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Mental incapacity
  • Accident

Our goal is to get your sentence reduced or dismissed altogether so you can regain your peace of mind and enjoy your well-deserved freedom. Our homicide defense lawyer not only sat as a magistrate judge but also has trial experience, meaning we have a well-versed understanding of how the courtroom decides penalties.

As such, we can negotiate for the following outcomes on your behalf:

  • Pretrial services
  • Probation/parole
  • Little to no prison time
  • Restorative justice
  • Fines/restitution
  • Community service programs
  • Rehabilitation programs

To best resolve your case, you need our Flagstaff homicide defense attorney to advocate for your best interests and safeguard your rights. There is no better time to retain our representation than right now. Why? Because as a former prosecutor, our lawyer knows how quickly the other side of the courtroom plans and strategizes their attacks again you, meaning you have no time to waste. The sooner you call our homicide defense attorney, the sooner we can proactively prepare defenses in anticipation of the prosecution’s attacks. As a result, you can feel confident that we can handle your homicide case with the skill and confidence it deserves.

Call (928) 323-0910 or contact us online to arrange a consultation with our homicide defense attorney. The prosecution is already building its case against you, so we encourage you to act quickly and retain our advocacy as soon as possible.

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    Our founding attorney is a former prosecutor, so he has the knowledge of the other side and understands how the prosecution will approach your case.
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    Admitted to practice in 1974, I have enjoyed working with clients on a wide variety of cases. It is always fulfilling to help someone through difficult legal matters.
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