Phoenix Homicide Defense Lawyer

Homicide crimes are serious offenses that carry heavy penalties. If you have been charged with such a crime in Phoenix, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced Phoenix homicide defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact the attorneys at AZ Defenders today. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively pursue the best possible outcome for you.

How Do You Choose a Homicide Defense Lawyer?

  • We understand how stressful it is to be charged with a homicide crime that carries severe criminal penalties. Our firm provides personalized service, handling every aspect of your case to make the process less difficult for you.
  • Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys have more than two decades of combined experience representing clients in the criminal justice system. You can rest assured that we will do everything within our power to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
  • Our firm ranks among the most aggressive criminal defense firms in the country. We do not settle for guilty pleas, and we will fight for your rights in the courtroom.

What are the 4 Types of Homicide?

Homicide crimes are criminal offenses related to homicide or the death of a person deliberately or unlawfully caused by another. They include:

  • Negligent homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Second-degree murder
  • First-degree murder

Negligent Homicide

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1102, a person commits negligent homicide if, with criminal negligence, he or she causes the death of another person, including an unborn child, at any stage of its development in the womb. Negligent homicide is a class four felony. A person may not be prosecuted under this section if:

  • The person was performing an abortion for which consent had been obtained from the pregnant woman or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf, or for which consent was implied or authorized by law.
  • The person was performing medical treatment on the pregnant woman or unborn child.
  • The person was the mother of the unborn child.


Pursuant to ARS Section 13-1103, manslaughter is a class two felony. A person commits manslaughter by:

  • Recklessly causing the death of another person;
  • Committing second-degree murder upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim;
  • Intentionally providing the physical means that another person uses to commit suicide, with the knowledge that the person intends to commit suicide;
  • Committing second-degree murder while being coerced to do so by the use or threatened immediate use of unlawful deadly physical force upon the person or a third person which a reasonable person in the same situation would have been unable to resist; or
  • Knowingly or recklessly causing the death of an unborn child, at any stage of its development, by any physical injury to the mother.

Second Degree Murder

Arizona law on second degree murder is covered under ARS Section 13-1104. This crime is a class one felony. A person commits second-degree murder if, without premeditation, he or she:

  • Intentionally causes the death of another person, including an unborn child.
  • Causes the death of another person, including an unborn child, knowing that the person’s conduct will cause serious physical injury or death.
  • Recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death, thereby causing the death of another person, including an unborn child, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life.

First Degree Murder

As stated in ARS Section 13-1105, first-degree murder is a class one felony punishable by life imprisonment or death. This crime is committed when, intending or knowing that his or her conduct will cause death, a person, with premeditation, causes the death of another person, including an unborn child; causes the death of a person, acting alone or with one or more persons, while in the process of committing any of a number of specific crimes; or intentionally or knowingly causes the death of a law enforcement officer acting in the line of duty.

Contact our Phoenix Homicide Defense Attorneys

Homicide crimes are among the most serious charges you could face. Call AZ Defenders to speak with one of our Phoenix homicide defense lawyers as soon as possible for experienced criminal defense.

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