Hard-Hitting Homicide Lawyers in Phoenix
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Murder and manslaughter are among the most punishable offenses under Arizona criminal law. These types of criminal charges could lead to long prison sentences and aggravated penalties, including the death penalty and life in prison. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Salvador Phillips, PLLC fight tirelessly for the rights of the criminally accused with a top-notch and strategic defense. If you have been arrested for homicide, take immediate action and secure legal help by contacting our firm. Homicide convictions carry severe punishments.
A conviction can:
- Ruin relationships
- Permanently affect your ability to find work
- Come with long prison sentences
- Ruin your financial future
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Under What Charges Can I Be Convicted?
Negligent Homicide ("Accidental Death")
Pursuant to Arizona law, a person is guilty of negligence homicide when he or she, causes the death of another human being. Negligence means that the defendant did not have to intend to cause a death, but he or she acted with extreme recklessness, which caused the death of another person. This charge is a Class 4 felony, which can be punished by up to 3 years in prison.
Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a defendant recklessly caused an accident that led to the death of another person. Reckless conduct is generally defined as having no regard for safety of others. In Arizona, driving while intoxicated is considered reckless. Vehicular manslaughter is a Class 2 felony, which can lead to a prison sentence of up to 12.5 years if you are convicted.
Manslaughter occurs when a defendant recklessly causes the death of another person. However, murder can be mitigated down to manslaughter if the defendant committed second-degree murder during a crime of passion. The death of an unborn child may be considered manslaughter. The premise behind manslaughter is the defendant did not have the intent to kill. If convicted, manslaughter can carry a prison term of 5 to 10 years and up to 12.5 years if the situation is considered aggravated.
Second-Degree Murder Charges
Second-degree murder is a charge given to a person who intentionally killed another person or acted with extreme indifference to human life, which led to the death of another person. This statute also protects unborn children at any stage of development and can be charged if the defendant intended to kill someone other than the person who was killed. Second-degree murder is very serious, and a conviction carries a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 22 years. If the victim is a child under 15, the maximum term could be up to 27 years.
First-Degree Murder Charges in Arizona
First-degree murder is knowingly acting in such a way that causes the death of another person. Generally, there must be intent present in the situation, although that intent can be “transferred” to another victim if the defendant kills an unborn child in the process. If the defendant kills a law enforcement officer or kills a person when committing a violent felony, intent is not required. Ultimately, a conviction could mean life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
How Can Salvador Phillips, PLLC Help?
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