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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.

If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is important that you consult with a criminal defense attorney. When working with our law firm, you will have an experienced attorney who will provide an aggressive representation so that you can have the best chance to get your case resolved. We offer free consultations to help you determine what your next steps need to be.

What Is Considered First Degree Murder In Arizona?

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
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Penalties For A First Degree Murder Conviction In Arizona

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;

Because these penalties are life changing for everyone involved, it is important to have a strong defense for your case. Some of the potential defenses that can be used in a First Degree Murder case are:

  • Defense of alibi;
  • Self-defense;
  • No predetermination for murder;
  • Absence of intention;
  • Accidental death
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At the Nava Law Firm, our team is dedicated to helping and representing you. You will have an experienced attorney who will provide an aggressive representation so that you can have the best chance to get your case resolved.

‍Our firm primarily serves the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale and other areas around Arizona. If you are in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Maricopa County, please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.


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