No class of crime catches the headlines and causes the community to rush to judgment like a homicide case. This often results in the rights of the defendant being circumvented in favor of wanting quick justice. This is why it is crucial for you to retain an experienced Phoenix legal team that specializes in homicide defense and is knowledgeable about the law and procedures in these types of cases. Because the consequences for a homicide conviction are so severe, many criminal defense attorneys do not even handle such cases. The Schill Law Group not only takes on homicide cases, but we excel in them and will fight for your freedom. If you or a family member has been charged with homicide in the state of Arizona, trust the Phoenix homicide lawyers attorneys at the Schill Law Group to provide legal defense representation. We have the vast experience and dedication necessary to handle your case effectively and seek the best possible result for you.
With more than 100 years of combined legal experience – including homicide defense – the attorneys at Schill Law Group are knowledgeable in all areas of forensic sciences, including DNA technology; latent fingerprint technology; ballistics; drug analysis technology; bodily fluids testing; blood, alcohol testing methods; and more. It is our goal to investigate your case so thoroughly that we know more than the prosecution and police authorities.
Combined with our investigative prowess and numerous expert witnesses our team gives you your best chance at a complete acquittal or reduction of the murder charges.
Contact the Schill Law Group today for your free consultation.
Homicide Offenses in Arizona
According to Arizona law, not all murder charges are the same and therefore the penalties for homicide cases depend on the circumstances of each case. Four types of homicide cases exist:
- First degree: When a death has occurred and the defendant premeditated before committing the killing. This can carry a sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 25 years, natural life with no possibility of parole, or the death penalty.
- Second degree: When a killing is done intentionally but there was no premeditation. This can carry a sentence between 10 and 25 years in prison.
- Manslaughter: When the defendant recklessly killed the victim. This can result in a prison sentence of 7 to 25 years in prison.
- Negligent homicide: When the defendant engages in grossly negligent or careless conduct and someone dies as a result. A conviction can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years, but a person convicted of negligent homicide may be placed on probation instead of being sentenced to prison.
The Schill Law Group has expertise in the various defenses to murder charges. We will vigorously fight for your rights to keep you out of prison or get your sentence reduced. Call us today at (480) 525-8900 for your free consultation.