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Murder & Manslaughter Charges
The Law Offices of Gonzales & Poirier have represented several people over the last few years that have been charged with murder or manslaughter. These cases are extremely difficult, but our experienced attorneys have been used their vast knowledge, experience and skill to obtain the best possible result for our clients.
Murder & Manslaughter Information
There are various type of crimes that one can be charged with for the killing of another person. These include murder, manslaughter arising out of reckless conduct, or for a death that resulted from a negligent act.
CAPITAL MURDER OR 1ST DEGREE MURDER CASES
First degree murder is a capital offense that may result in the death penalty or life in prison without the chance of parole. A.R.S. §13-1105, defines first degree murder as the premeditated ending of a person or unborn child’s life. First degree murder may also result for the killing of a peace officer.
2ND DEGREE MURDER CASE
Second degree murder is the intentional killing another person without premeditation. A.R.S. § 13-1104, provides that to be charged with second degree murder, a defendant simply needs to know that their conduct would be likely cause death or severe injury leading to death, or if such person demonstrated extreme indifference for human life in their actions.
A person can be charged with negligent homicide when that person was unaware of the danger that he or she posed through irresponsible behavior, and his or her behavior resulted in another person’s death. A.R.S. § 13-1102.
A person can be charged with manslaughter when that person commits a crime and was aware of the threat he or she posed through reckless behavior, which resulted in the death of another person. A.R.S. § 13-1103.