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Murder in Arizona
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Murder is considered the most serious violent crime in Arizona and the United States, resulting in extremely harsh punishment. Not only do you risk spending the rest of your life behind bars—potentially without the possibility of parole—but you may also face execution via lethal injection. Prior to stepping foot inside the court, you may appear guilty in the eyes of the media and the public.
If you have been charged with murder in Arizona, the Tucson murder defense attorney at Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC can build an effective and personalized defense strategy to help you obtain the best outcome possible. With over a decade of legal experience, Attorney Carlos A. Medina is committed to helping others protect their innocence and/or get them back on the right path in life.
If you have been accused of committing murder, it is important that you gain aggressive defense as soon as possible. Contact the Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC today to start.
First- & Second-Degree Murder Laws & Punishment in Arizona
Murder means intentionally killing another person, rather than accidentally or unintentionally. There are two types of murder charges in Arizona: first-degree murder and second-degree murder.
First-degree murder is defined as the deliberate and premeditated killing of another individual. A conviction for this type of murder charge can result in life imprisonment with or without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty.
You can face the death penalty for first-degree murder in Arizona if any of the following are true:
- You have been previously convicted of a murder
- You have been previously convicted of a serious offense
- You were convicted of a felony involving violence or threat of violence
- Along with killing the main victim, you created a grave risk of death for additional victims
- The homicide was particularly cruel, depraved, and heinous in nature
- The victim was either under 15 years old or over 70 years of age
- The victim was an on-duty police officer or corrections official
- The murder was committed in exchange for payment
Additionally, another way a person could be charged with first-degree murder is through the “felony murder rule.” This means an individual kills someone else while committing a specific crime.
The commission of the following crimes is considered first-degree murder in Arizona:
- Child abuse
- Child molestation
- Dangerous drug crimes
- Drive-by shooting
- Sexual assault
- Sexual conduct with a minor
- Unlawful flight for a police vehicle
By contrast, second-degree murder is intentionally killing another person without premeditation or engaging in conduct that creates a grave risk of death or extreme indifference to human life. A conviction of this type of murder charge is at a maximum 25-year prison sentence.
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Since state laws are extremely harsh on those face murder charges, having an experienced Tucson murder defense lawyer on your side can make a significant difference. Our firm is ready to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.
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