Facing First Degree Murder Charges In Phoenix?

First Degree Murder Attorney In Phoenix

First-degree murder is one of the most serious criminal charges with the most severe punishment in Arizona. It is a class 1 felony, for which one may receive the death penalty or life imprisonment. Even if one can avoid the death penalty, you or your loved one may spend life behind the bars.

It is vital that you engage an experienced criminal defense attorney for your case. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide the right assessment of your case. It will help you in setting the right strategy going forward with any murder trial.

First Degree Murder Defined

In Arizona, murder is defined as the intentional killing of a human. A murder often shakes the fabric of a society, and prosecutors try their best to get the most severe punishments for the accused. Under Arizona law, murder is classified as either First-degree murder or Second-Degree murder.

First-Degree murder is graver than a Second-Degree murder charge. The prosecution will charge First-Degree murder when a person, with premeditation, intentionally causes the death of another person. The prosecution may also charge First-Degree murder as Felony Murder under A.R.S 13-1105(A)(2) if the death was caused during the commission of the following offenses:

  • During sexual assault
  • During or after a kidnapping
  • After an arson attack
  • As a result of child molestation
  • During a robbery

First Degree Murder vs. Second Degree Murder

The biggest difference between first-degree murder and second-degree murder is intent. First-degree murders, other than felony murders, are those that are premeditated. Second-degree murder does not require premeditation. However, both first- and second-degree murder charges requires intentional causing the death of another. Second degree murders are impulsive murders without any prior predetermination of killing.

Punishment For First Degree Murder

First degree murder is a class 1 felony with severe punishment. A person found guilty of first-degree murder may receive one of the following three punishments:

  • Death penalty;
  • Life imprisonment with no option for parole;
  • Life imprisonment with no parole for 25 years;

Common Defenses For First Degree Murder

Below is a list of common defenses an attorney will use in the defense of first-degree murder:

  • Defense of alibi;
  • Self-defense;
  • No predetermination for murder;
  • Absence of intention;
  • Accidental death;

Free Consultation From An Experienced Criminal Attorney

The main role of a defense attorney is finding legal and factual issues in the prosecutor’s case. In first-degree murder cases, the first aim should always be getting death penalty off the table. And if you are a victim of circumstances, an experienced attorney will use his tools to get a dismissal of charges.

However, murder trials are complicated, and you will require a dependable hand by your side. Our experienced legal team will use every tool available to them in your defense. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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We have experience managing violent cases that fall under the categories of murder and manslaughter. Out of respect for all Nava Law Firm clients that fall under this case type, we are not providing any information on our website. If you or a loved one have been charged with one of these serious charges, do not speak to police officers and please contact our firm immediately to get a free consultation.

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