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Murder / Homicide

ARIZONA MURDER ATTORNEY

The attorneys at Oliverson & Huss Law have extensive experience representing clients charged with murder/manslaughter.  With the likelihood of a lengthy prison sentence, and the possibility of a lifetime behind bars, it is vital that you have an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side.

 

The different types of homicide charges we help clients defend include:

First Degree Murder:

  • This involves the premeditated killing and includes the death of an unborn child;
  • Possible Punishments:
    • If the crime occurred prior to August 2, 2012:
      • Minimum sentence is life imprisonment with no possibility of release until 25 years of prison time has been served;
      • “Natural life”, which is life in prison without the possibility of parole;
      • Maximum penalty is “capital punishment”, death.
    • If the crime occurred after August 2, 2012:
      • Natural life in prison;
      • Death penalty.

 

Second Degree Murder:

    • This involves intentional, but no premeditated murder, such as a heat of passion or sudden quarrel, or extreme indifference to human life resulting in death;
    • Possible Punishment:
      • Between 10-22 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 16 years in prison.

 

Manslaughter:

    • This is reckless actions causing death.  For example, assisting a suicide, a coerced killing under threat to your own life or loved ones, second degree murder upon adequate provocation, or causing the death of an unborn child;
    • Possible Punishment:
      • First Offense: Between 7-21 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 10.5 years in prison;
      • 1 Historical Prior Felony Conviction: Between 14-28 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 15.75 years in prison;
      • 2 Historical Prior Felony Convictions: Between 21-35 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 28 years in prison.

 

Negligent Homicide:

    • Criminal negligence causing the death of a person or unborn child;
    • Possible Punishment:
      • If the offense did not involve a deadly weapon:
        • First offense: Probation with up to one year in jail.  If prison is ordered then 1-3.75 years in prison;
        • 1 Historical Prior Felony Conviction: Between 2.25-7.5 years in prison;
        • 2 Historical Prior Felony Convictions: Between 6-15 years in prison.
      • If it is determined that the offense involved a deadly instrument or deadly weapon:
        • First offense: Between 4-8 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 6 years in prison;
        • 1 Historical Prior Felony Conviction: 8-12 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 10 years in prison;
        • 2 Historical Prior Felony Convictions: 12-16 years in prison, with a presumptive term of 14 years in prison.

 

Because these types of charges involve the most serious type of offense in Arizona, most prosecutor’s office’s will put their best attorneys in charge of prosecuting your case.  At Oliverson & Huss Law your team of attorneys have the experience necessary to aggressively investigate and examine all of the State’s evidence.  We utilize every defense available using a team of experts in various fields.