SCOTTSDALE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MURDER ATTORNEY
Domestic Violence Homicide Lawyer in Scottsdale, Arizona
Under Arizona law, homicide can essentially be charged four different ways, ranging from first degree murder down to negligent homicide. If convicted of first degree murder, the person can receive one of three possible sentences: death, life without possibility of parole, and life with parole eligibility to begin after 25 years of the sentence have been completed. There are a number of factors that permit a homicide to be prosecuted as a first degree murder case which are enumerated in Arizona Revised Statute 13-1105. Although first degree (and most second degree) murders are not technically classified as a domestic violence offense, many of them involve a pre-existing domestic relationship between the deceased and the accused. Most first degree murder cases arising from a domestic relationship are prosecuted as "premeditated murder". Under 13-1105, premeditated murder is defined as "intending or knowing that the person's conduct will cause death, the person causes the death of another person, including an unborn child, with premeditation or, as a result of causing the death of another person with premeditation, causes the death of an unborn child."
Second degree murder likewise has a number of definitions but is most commonly used to prosecute cases where the accused is charged with intentionally causing another death but without premeditation. If the victim is an adult, the maximum sentence for this offense is 22 years in prison. Probation is not available and the absolute minimum sentence is 10 years.
The remaining two homicide offenses are manslaughter and negligent homicide. Depending on the facts and the particular charge, the defendant may be eligible for probation if convicted of these less serious offenses.
Scottsdale Domestic Violence Lawyer Joshua S. Davidson
Whether you or a loved one have been charged with first degree murder or negligent homicide, you cannot afford not to have an experienced trial attorney defending your rights. Scottsdale domestic violence attorney Joshua S. Davidson is ready to help you with your murder charge, helping to reduce your sentence or possibly get your charges dropped altogether. Call today for your free initial consultation.
Contact a Scottsdale Murder Defense Attorney today if you have been charged with a domestic violence-related homicide crime.