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Under Arizona law, homicide can essentially be charged four different ways, ranging from first degree murder down to negligent homicide. If convicted of first degree murder, the person can receive one of three possible sentences: death, life without possibility of parole, and life with parole eligibility to begin after 25 years of the sentence have been completed. Second degree murder likewise has a number of definitions but is most commonly used to prosecute cases where the accused is charged with intentionally causing another death but without premeditation. The other two homicide offenses are manslaughter and negligent homicide. Depending on the facts and the particular charge, the defendant may be eligible for probation if convicted of these less serious offenses.

Joshua S. Davidson knows that if you have been charged with murder in Scottsdale, Arizona, your life is at risk and it is important that you immediately seek counsel from a qualified criminal defense attorney.

First Degree Murder

First degree murder is the intentional and premeditated killing of another person, including an unborn child. In Arizona, it is possible to be charged with first degree murder if you cause the death of any person during the commission other felonies (such as sex crimes, drug offenses, kidnapping, robbery, or burglary), or if a person intentionally kills a police officer in the line of duty. If convicted of first degree murder in Scottsdale there are three potential penalties: life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years, life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty. Only an experienced and trial-tested criminal defense lawyer like Joshua S. Davidson could give you the proactive and aggressive defense against these grave charges.

There are a number of factors that permit a homicide to be prosecuted as a first degree murder case, which are enumerated in Arizona Revised Statute 13-1105. Although first degree (and most second degree) murders are not technically classified as a domestic violence offense, many of them involve a pre-existing domestic relationship between the deceased and the accused. Most first degree murder cases arising from a domestic relationship are prosecuted as "premeditated murder". Under 13-1105, premeditated murder is defined as "intending or knowing that the person's conduct will cause death, the person causes the death of another person, including an unborn child, with premeditation or, as a result of causing the death of another person with premeditation, causes the death of an unborn child."

Second Degree Murder

Second Degree murder is when a person intentionally causes the death of another person. The state of Arizona often charges individuals with second degree murder if they can't prove that they acted with premeditation. Second degree murder charges can also arise from DUI accidents when the defendant's blood alcohol concentration is found to be high. If you are convicted of second degree murder in Scottsdale, Arizona law requires a minimum of 10 years in prison; probation is not available. If the victim is an adult, the maximum sentence for this offense is 22 years in prison. While a less severe charge than first degree murder, it is critical you seek a knowledgeable murder defense attorney if you have been charged with second degree murder.

What to Look for in a Murder Defense Attorney in Scottsdale.

The Law Office of Joshua S. Davidson is experienced in handling violent offenses in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, and Tempe areas, and could offer you the vigilant representation you need and can ensure your rights are protected and aggressively defend your case. When deciding upon a murder defense lawyer, it is important to choose an attorney with years of jury trial experience. As a former Arizona state prosecutor, Mr. Davidson is well versed in the tactics the state will use to convict you and could mount a forceful defense using his own panel of qualified experts in the fields of DNA analysis, ballistics, private investigations, and forensics.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with first or second degree murder in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, or Tempe, maximize your changes of having your charges reduced or dismissed and contact Scottsdale criminal defense attorney Joshua S. Davidson today.

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