Understanding Homicide Charges in Arizona

Under the Arizona Criminal Code, homicide encompasses all types of crimes involving the death of an individual. This includes first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide.

Regardless of the specific type of homicide that is involved in your case, prosecutors and courts take these cases very seriously. It is vital that you work with a defense attorney who knows how to build a strong defense to charges for any type of homicide.

At The Baker Law Firm, LLC in Phoenix, our legal team includes a former public defender and a former prosecutor. Our attorneys have represented clients in hundreds of criminal trials. With our wealth of experience, we have the knowledge and resources to handle homicide cases at every level, from complex first-degree murder trials to vehicular homicide cases involving drunk driving.

First-Degree Murder and the Death Penalty

First-degree murder is a very serious offense that could result in life imprisonment or, in some situations, the death penalty. Having an experienced defense lawyer represent your interests is essential in these types of cases. Not only is your life on the line, there are also complex issues that come up in these cases.

Our firm knows how to handle complex first-degree murder cases, from the initial investigation to trial and through to appeal. We will stand by your side throughout the process, protect your rights, and aggressively pursue the dismissal of charges, an acquittal or reduced penalties.

Second-Degree Murder Penalties

Second-degree murder is a class 1 penalty. It also carries mandatory minimum sentencing. This means that if you are convicted, you could face a minimum of 10 years imprisonment with a maximum of 25 years. If you have a previous murder conviction, this minimum is raised to 15 years, with a maximum of 29 years.

If you have been charged with second-degree murder, our attorneys will work diligently to challenge the evidence against you. We are skilled investigators, negotiators and litigators who can help you at every stage of the process.

Penalties for Other Homicide Charges in Arizona

Negligent homicide is a class 4 felony and manslaughter is a class 2 felony, which is a more serious offense. The penalties you could face for either of these crimes, however, will depend on a wide range of factors. This includes whether you have a prior criminal record, whether the crime involved a dangerous weapon and other factors.

With any felony charge, whether it is class 2 or class 4, you can face imprisonment, fines and the loss of certain rights. If convicted, you will no longer be able to own a firearm and you may lose your right to vote.

Contact an Attorney for Representation

If you or someone you love is facing any type of homicide charges, contact our Phoenix firm for a free consultation. Call us at 602-842-0359 and discuss your case with an experienced and aggressive defense attorney at our firm.