Chandler First-Degree Murder Lawyer

First-Degree Murder ARS 13-1105

Murder is one of the most serious crimes someone can commit, with first-degree murder being the most serious of all. Because Arizona has the death penalty for first-degree murder convictions, a first-degree murder conviction could be a life-ending sentence, depending on the facts in the case. Even if you are not sentenced to death, you could spend the rest of your life in prison.

A person commits first-degree murder if:

  • A person intends or knows that the person’s conduct will cause death;
  • Does, in fact, cause another person’s death; and
  • Committed the act with premeditation.

First-degree murder is a class 1 felony and is punishable by death or life imprisonment as provided by sections 13-751 and 13-752.

In Arizona, someone can also be charged with first-degree murder if death occurs during the commission of certain felonies.

These felonies include:

  • Sexual conduct with a minor
  • Sexual Assault
  • Molestation of a child
  • Terrorism
  • Certain marijuana offenses
  • Dangerous drug offenses which exceed the statutory threshold amounts
  • Narcotics offenses
  • The use of minors in drug offenses
  • Drive by shooting
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Escape
  • Child Abuse
  • Unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle

In addition, you do not have to be the one who actually committed the murder, to be convicted of first-degree murder. An example might be someone who simply drove the car in a bank robbery and never entered the bank at all. If another person involved in the robbery shoots and kills someone during the robbery, the person who drove the car could be found just as guilty as the person who pulled the trigger. This is known as accomplice liability.

If you have been charged with or think you may be charged with first-degree murder, it is critical that you consult with a criminal defense attorney who has vast experience in defending murder charges. If you are facing any type of murder charges, contact us to schedule a Strategy Session to discuss your case.

Do not trust your life to just any attorney. The lawyers at the Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm have decades of experience representing people who have been charged with the crime of Murder. We are not afraid to take your case to trial and have also defended people against death penalty allegations at trial in other states as well.

Chandler First-Degree Murder Lawyer

Arizona Office Address:
3185 S. Price Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85248
Phone: 480-755-7110

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