Phoenix Attorney Defending Charges of Manslaughter
Under Arizona law, manslaughter is a type of homicide. In general, you can be convicted of manslaughter if the prosecution can prove that you:
- Recklessly caused the death of another person
- Recklessly or knowingly caused the death of an unborn child by injuring the mother (with exceptions for doctors, abortions with consent, and the mother herself)
- Intentionally caused the death of another person in the heat of passion and the victim provoked you, or you were coerced under the threat of violence
- Intentionally helped a person commit suicide
If you have been arrested for manslaughter, the experienced lawyers at The Baker Law Firm, LLC, in Phoenix can help you. We know how serious these charges are and the impact a conviction can have on your future. We will aggressively protect your rights and advocate on your behalf during an investigation and in the courtroom.
Penalties for Manslaughter Charges in Arizona
Manslaughter is a class 2 felony. This means that there is a presumptive, minimum five-year prison sentence for a first-time offender. This means that the court can increase or decrease the sentence depending on the circumstances in your case. Even with mitigating factors, however, you could face a minimum three-year prison sentence.
In addition to the prison time, a felony conviction has other repercussions. While incarcerated, you will lose your right to vote and you will need to petition to have your right reinstated after your release. Additionally, as a convicted felon, you will not be able own firearms unless you have your gun rights restored.
At our firm, we understand how much is at stake when you have been charged with manslaughter. Whether your case involves vehicular manslaughter or another type of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, we can defend you from the charges and work diligently for a dismissal, acquittal or the reduction of penalties.
Speak With an Attorney About Your Case
Learn about your rights and your options after an arrest for manslaughter by contacting our criminal defense lawyers at The Baker Law Firm, LLC. Call us at 602-842-0359 or contact us online to set up an appointment to discuss your case.