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If you or a friend or loved one has been accused of the unlawful killing of another human being, you could face the most severe penalties the Arizona Justice System metes out. Indeed, the death penalty is still “on the books” in Arizona, and the state does still seek capital punishment in particularly grievous homicides.

Even if a convicted killer does not get the death penalty, he or she can face a variety of penalties, including many years, if not the rest of his or her life, in prison.

Arizona does not group all murder-homicide cases together. Some instances of killing are viewed as more severe than others.

Various kinds of homicide include first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. Phoenix, Arizona homicide attorney Douglas Younglove has been practicing criminal defense in Arizona over 20 years. During that time he has cultivated a vast reservoir of knowledge about how to craft effective murder-homicide defenses.

In Arizona there are four types of homicide charges one may face, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case;

First Degree Murder:

First Degree Murder involves the intentional killing of another person with premeditation and is punishable from 25 years to life (possibility of parole after 25 years), natural life (no possibility of parole), and the death penalty.

Second Degree Murder:

Second Degree Murder involves either intentionally causing the death of another person without premeditation, knowingly causing the death of another, or showing extreme indifference to human life and thereby causing the death of another person. Second Degree Murder has a sentencing range between 10 years to 22 years in prison.


Manslaughter involves recklessly causing the death of another person or causing the death upon sudden quarrel or heat of passion. The sentencing range for Manslaughter is between 7 years and 21 years in prison.

Negligent Homicide:

Negligent Homicide involves negligent conduct which causes the death of another person. The range of sentencing is from probation to 10 years in prison.

Homicide Cases tend to be extremely complex. Often, criminal defendants must carry out wide ranging investigations in the fields of ballistics, DNA testing, pathology, fingerprinting, toxicology, and pharmacology. In addition, a good criminal defense team boasts an understanding of rules of evidence, serology and polygraph analysis, and can explain the utilities and drawbacks of voice and eyewitness identifications.

Given the serious nature of the accusations against you and the consequences for putting up a less than perfect defense, you need an experienced Phoenix homicide attorney on your side to ensure you get a fair and thorough hearing and that you can explore every possible counterargument and alternative punishment.

Time may not be on your side.

The longer you wait to retain a criminal defense attorney for your murder-homicide charge, the harder it can be to assemble a credible defense. Get a completely confidential and free consultation regarding your defense options now by calling The Younglove Law Firm at (602) 434-2623.

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