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 AZ Defenders today. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively pursue the best possible outcome for you.
Homicide crimes are criminal offenses related to homicide or the death of a person deliberately or unlawfully caused by another. According to Arizona crime statistics, there were at least 331 reported murders in 2018, with 274 people arrested. There are several types of homicide, including:
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:
Pursuant to ARS Section 13-1103, manslaughter is a class two felony. A person commits manslaughter by:
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:
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.
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.