Phoenix Murder & Homicide Defense Lawyers
Without question, the most serious crime that a person can commit is murder. When a person intentionally ends someone else's life, the penalties are the most severe out of all penalties listed in the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.). There are two different kinds of murder that a person can commit: second degree murder and first degree murder. The definitions and consequences for each are specifically outlines in the state laws.
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Murder in the Second Degree
According to ARS § 13-1104, a person commits second degree murder when they intentionally kill another person, including an unborn child, without premeditation.
Three ways an individual can be charged with second degree murder include:
- Intentionally causing the death of another person
- Committing conduct expected to cause serious injury or death to another
- Displaying extreme indifference to human life, leading to reckless behavior that causes the death of another
How is second degree murder charged?
Second degree murder is charged as a class 1 felony.
Murder in the First Degree
ARS § 13-1105 describes first degree murder as the premeditated ending of a person or unborn child's life.
First degree murder is the sole capital offense under Arizona state law. As such, it will incur the death penalty or life in prison without chance of parole.
Acts that can constitute first degree murder include:
- Knowing that actions will cause death and carrying them out
- Acting alone or in a group to commit sexual conduct that leads to death
- Intentionally acting to kill a law enforcement officer
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