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Have you been accused of manslaughter? Next to murder, this is one of the most severe offenses of which to be accused. MayesTelles PLLC has handled thousands of cases, including manslaughter allegations. Our team of experienced trial lawyers and former prosecutors are here to build a strong defense on your behalf if you are facing manslaughter accusations.

By retaining our law firm, you gain the advantage of –

  • Attorneys with nearly 200 years of experience
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  • The insight of former prosecutors
  • A firm that has handled thousands of cases

To learn how a Phoenix manslaughter defense lawyer at MayesTelles can help you, call us at (602) 428-7104. We are available 24/7 and provide free case evaluations.

What is Manslaughter?

Manslaughter is a legal term used to describe the unlawful killing of another person without premeditation or intent to kill. It differs from murder in that manslaughter typically involves a lack of intent or premeditation to cause death.

The key aspects of manslaughter include:

  1. Absence of Intent: Unlike murder, where there is an intent to cause harm or death, manslaughter occurs in situations where the act leading to death was not premeditated or planned with the specific intent to kill.

  2. Circumstances of the Act: Manslaughter often occurs in situations where there might be recklessness, negligence, or the absence of malice, but the actions of the individual result in the death of another person.

Defense of ARS § 13-1103 Violations

The Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1103 describes manslaughter as, "Recklessly causing the death of another person". Manslaughter is a class 2 felony.

There are five ways a person can be charged with manslaughter:

  • Reckless actions that cause the death of another
  • Second degree murder arising out of a heated argument in which the victim provoked the accused
  • Giving someone the means to commit suicide
  • Second-degree murder committed under coercion
  • Inflicting injury on a pregnant women that leads to the death of the baby

Manslaughter Penalties in Arizona

A.R.S. 13-702(D) lists out the prison sentences for Class 2 felonies provided they are not deemed "dangerous offenses" and the offender lacks prior felony convictions.

  • Felony: 3 years
  • Mitigated: 4 years
  • Minimum Presumptive: 5 years
  • Maximum: 10 years
  • Aggravated: 12.5 years

For those who have prior felony convictions or the manslaughter offense is deemed "dangerous," the prison sentence can extend beyond 12.5 years. Sentences can also include probation, fines, and surcharges.

Defenses for Manslaughter in Arizona

In Arizona, defenses for manslaughter can vary based on the specific circumstances of the case. Defenses that could be used to counter manslaughter charges may include:

  • Self-Defense or Defense of Others: If the accused acted to protect themselves or others from imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm, it might be considered a valid defense against manslaughter charges.

  • Accidental Death: If the death occurred unintentionally and was purely accidental, without any reckless or negligent behavior on the part of the accused, it might serve as a defense against manslaughter charges.

  • Lack of Intent or Provocation: In cases of voluntary manslaughter, demonstrating that there was no intent to cause harm or that the accused was provoked and acted in the heat of passion might be a defense strategy.

  • Mental Incapacity: If the accused had a mental health condition or impairment that affected their ability to understand the consequences of their actions, it might be used as a defense.

  • Lack of Recklessness or Negligence: For involuntary manslaughter, showing that the accused did not engage in reckless behavior or criminal negligence that directly led to the death might be a defense.

  • Alibi: Providing evidence that the accused was not present at the time of the incident or had no involvement in the actions leading to the death could serve as a defense.

Available 24/7 to Take Your Calls

At MayesTelles, our Phoenix manslaughter defense attorneys understand the urgent nature of manslaughter accusations and stand dedicated to safeguarding the rights and advocating vigorously for those facing manslaughter charges. With a deep understanding of Arizona's legal system and a commitment to personalized and strategic defense representation, our team works tirelessly to navigate the complexities of each case.

We prioritize our clients' well-being, employing our expertise to build robust defense strategies tailored to achieve the best possible outcomes. Trust MayesTelles to provide comprehensive legal support, ensuring every client receives fair treatment and a staunch defense throughout their legal proceedings.

Call (602) 428-7104 to discuss your legal options for defense with our Phoenix manslaughter lawyers!

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    Our client, T.C., was charged in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 8, 2015 with 1 count of Criminal Trespass, a class 6 felony, and 1 count Assault, a class 2 Misdemeanor. On September 9, 2015, after an 8-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on both charges. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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    Our client, L.S., was charged on October 20, 2014 in Mesa for an assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. MayesTelles PLLC was able to get those charges dismissed.

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    Our client, Ms. C., was facing charges of assault / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), disorderly conduct / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), and criminal damage / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Mesa Municipal Court

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    Our client, L.S., was charged in Phoenix on December 27, 2014 for assault and failure to appear. After completing diversion, our client's case was dismissed.

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    Our client, Ms. C., was facing an assault / domestic violence offense (class 1 misdemeanor) and a failure to appear charge (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Phoenix Municipal Court

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    Our client, E.A., faced two counts of Class 4 felony child abuse and one count of failure to report neglect of a minor (a class 6 felony). We were able to get the case dismissed. Location: Maricopa County Superior court

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