Have you been charged with homicide? If so, you may be wondering what lies ahead in the weeks to come. Arizona’s mandatory sentencing for homicide is very harsh, and convicted individuals may face consequences as serious as the death penalty. To avoid a homicide conviction, you’ll need an expert criminal defense attorney that has the experience you need.
Before acknowledging the necessity of a lawyer, it’s important to clarify what exactly homicide means. Homicide is simply an act or negligence that leads to the death of another person. Note that this definition does not take into account the intent of the person committing the act—homicide can take many forms, including negligent driving, an intentional murder, or an accident leading to someone’s death. Understanding the breadth of the legal definition of homicide is important because it puts the potential penalties in context. If convicted, you may spend a long time in jail for an action that was a complete accident.
In addition to considering the prospect of spending decades in jail, it’s important to keep in mind that homicide is a capital offense. Individuals who commit first degree murder, a type of homicide, may face the death penalty in the event of conviction by a jury. Individuals convicted of capital murder must do everything they can to avoid a conviction in order to escape death row and fight for their right to live.
To help you avoid these consequences, you’ll need an experienced criminal defense attorney that understands Arizona law, is familiar with judges and prosecutors, and has a history of success with homicide cases. For expert criminal defense representation, contact Blumberg & Associates. We specialize in criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and more. Call (602) 277-6180 for a free consultation.