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Murder is considered the most serious violent crime in Arizona and the rest of the United States. Not only can a conviction result in imprisonment for the rest of your life, but also execution. Even before you step foot in court, merely being accused of homicide can significantly damage your personal life and professional career. It is imperative to obtain legal representation from an experienced and aggressive lawyer to protect your rights, future, and freedom.
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Murder Charges in Arizona – Seek Expert Legal Representation Immediately
At Maria Jones Law Firm, we understand how frightening, stressful, and otherwise emotionally overwhelming the legal process can be. With more than 15 years of legal experience, our legal team can investigate your case, collect and review evidence from law enforcement, obtain professional help from field experts, and create an effective and personalized defense strategy to help you obtain the best outcome possible.
If you or a loved one has been charged with first degree or second degree murder in Arizona or is currently under investigation for such a serious violent crime, you should know that time is of essence in such cases. Early scrutiny by an experienced Phoenix murder defense attorney can be extremely helpful.
First-Degree & Second-Degree Murder
When a person kills another individual, it is considered a murder, which is also known as homicide. There are two types of murder charges in Arizona: first-degree and second-degree murder.
First-degree murder, as per ARS § 13-1105, occurs when a person intentionally kills someone else with premeditation and malice aforethought. Furthermore, a person can be charged with this degree of murder if someone kills another person as a result of committing a serious felony (e.g. robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault, child molestation, etc.), according to the “felony murder rule.”
Alleged acts that constitute first degree murder charge in Arizona may include –
- A person knows that his or her actions will cause death of the victim and still carries them out
- A person indulges in sexual acts (alone or in a group) that lead to death of another person
- A person intentionally ends the life of a law enforcement officer
First-degree murder is the most serious degree of homicide and a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to either a life sentence (with or without the possibility of parole) or the death penalty. If you gain parole, you must serve at least 25 years—35 years if the alleged victim is a minor under 15 years old or an unborn child—before becoming eligible for a parole hearing.
On the other hand, second-degree murder as per ARS § 13-1104 is defined as the intentional killing of a human being without any premeditation. In other words, the killing occurred in the heat of the moment. Second-degree murder, charged as Class 1 felony, carries a mandatory prison sentence between 10 years and up to 25 years.
A person may be charged with second degree murder in Arizona if –
- They intentionally cause the death of an individual
- Commit an act which is expected to result in serious injury or the death of an individual, or
- Indulge in acts involving extreme indifference to human life, resulting in reckless behavior that leads to the death of another person.
Anyone who has been arrested for murder should immediately look for capable and skilled criminal defense. The prosecution and law enforcement agencies will leave no stone unturned to aggressively pursue the case and seek maximum sentence. They will do everything possible to get a conviction. So, if you or a loved one has been arrested for murder in Arizona, it is in your best interest to seek expert legal representation from experienced Phoenix murder defense attorneys as early as possible.
Our lawyers in Arizona are here to help ensure that your rights are upheld during the arrest and throughout the criminal proceedings. We know that you cannot wait another day for a lawyer to work on your case. So, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.
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Our goal is to help you get your entire case dismissed or your charges/penalties substantially reduced. With your life on the line, our firm will do whatever it takes to help you get the results and justice you deserve. Our diverse staff offers services in English, Spanish, and Russian to better assist you.
An initial, non-obligatory consultation will help you learn about the legal options available as well as the possible defense strategies that may be applicable in your case. This way, you will be in a better position to make informed decision regarding the murder charges.