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Scottsdale Manslaughter Defense Attorney

A less serious charge than murder, manslaughter is most commonly charged when the defendant is accused of causing the death of another person by acting recklessly.

You could be charged with manslaughter in Scottsdale for:

  • Recklessly causing the death of another person
  • Assisting a Suicide
  • Killing someone as a result of a quarrel or in the heat of passion
  • Being coerced into killing someone upon threat of unlawful deadly force
  • Knowingly or recklessly causing the death of an unborn child by injury to the mother

Many Scottsdale manslaughter cases involve DUI's and other traffic crimes. For example, if you are involved in an automobile accident that resulted in the death of another person (even a passenger) and also accused of being impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, you could be charged with manslaughter. Other Scottsdale manslaughter cases involve "heat of passion" killings, where the accused has been provoked and unintentionally loses control. As an experience Scottsdale manslaughter defense lawyer and former Arizona prosecutor, Joshua S. Davidson understands that each case is unique and personally consults with his clients to develop the best defensive strategy.

In a brief moment of anger or upset, mistakes can be made that cost one person their life, and could condemn the other to imprisonment. Manslaughter in Arizona is defined as "recklessly causing the death of another person" per Arizona Revised Statue 13-1103. The key element of any manslaughter case is whether the person involved was aware and demonstrated conscious disregard for the consequences of his or her actions, creating an unjustifiable risk. To prove this, there are many investigatory actions taken, and any false reports or inaccuracies can lead to an unwanted and undeserved conviction.

Former Prosecutor Handling Manslaughter Defense

An experienced former prosecutor, Scottsdale lawyer Joshua S. Davidson has seen how inaccurate police investigation based on false or misleading reports, inaccurate crime scene reconstruction or flawed procedure has all too often led to severe legal consequences for the accused.

The attorney at the firm can bring his experience to help you in cases involving, but not limited to:

  • Accidental discharge of a weapon resulting in death
  • Actions taken for self-defense resulting in death
  • Accusations of use of a deadly weapon to cause death
  • Death resulting from actions taken "in the heat of passion"
  • Errors made by hospital or emergency care givers resulting in death

Penalties for Being Convicted of Manslaughter in Scottsdale

Because of manslaughter's status as a class 2 felony and dangerous offense, a manslaughter conviction or a guilty plea means a prison sentence of 7 to 21 years in the Arizona State Department of Corrections. In addition to parole, a manslaughter conviction can stay on your record for a long time and effect your employment even after you have served your prison sentence. With so much at stake it is crucial that you find qualified legal representation. The Law Office of Joshua S. Davidson will work toward diligently examining every detail of the prosecution's case - from witness statements to forensic evidence - and explore every possible option to have your case dismissed or your charges reduced.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with Manslaughter in Scottsdale, contact Scottsdale manslaughter defense attorney Joshua S. Davidson for a personal consultation today.

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