Manslaughter charges in Arizona

Have you ever wondered what might lead a person to be charged with manslaughter in Arizona or how a manslaughter charge might differ from a murder charge? You are likely not alone and if you or someone you know faces these charges, it will be helpful to understand them.

According to the Arizona Legislature, there are many situations that can lead to a manslaughter charge, which is a Class 2 felony in Arizona. All of the situations do involve the death of another person but beyond that they are all very different. Helping a person kill themselves by providing them a weapon or other physical means of doing so may lead a person to be charged with manslaughter.

Physical harm to a pregnant woman that results in the death of her baby can be considered manslaughter. There are exceptions to this provision related to legal abortions or harm that may be inflicted by the pregnant woman herself. An act provoked by an unexpected conflict or that is promoted by some method of coercion that leads to the second degree murder of another person may also be deemed to be manslaughter. Perhaps the most loosely defined thing that can lead to a manslaughter charge is the reckless causing of another person’s death. 

If you would like to learn more about the types of charges that a person can face when accused of involvement in the death of another person, please feel free to visit the manslaughter page of our Arizona criminal defense website.