Maricopa County does not classify manslaughter as voluntary or involuntary

by Aaron Black • June 22, 2017
Manslaughter in Maricopa CountyIn Maricopa County, Arizona according to ARS 13-1103 manslaughter is intentionally or knowingly killing a person after adequate provocation and in the heat of passion or during a sudden quarrel. Also, assisting in a suicide, regardless of whether you have medical training is also considered manslaughter. If you have been charged with manslaughter you need an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Arizona does not classify it as voluntary or involuntary. It is regarded as either manslaughter or negligent homicide, and it is seen as a Class 2 felony.

A class 2 felony offense is punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison, 7 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 2 felony offenses include manslaughter, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, aggravated assault, sexual assault, child prostitution, armed robbery, assisting a criminal street gang, burglary, discharging a firearm, theft and fraudulent schemes. If you have a prior felony conviction, prison becomes mandatory.

If you have been charged with manslaughter, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney due to the seriousness of the consequences.

Good people sometimes find themselves in bad situations, and I understand that it does not mean that those caught in a bad situation are criminals or even guilty of a crime. With countless hours in the courtroom and arguing over 50 trials, my experience has sharpened my litigation skills, providing me with invaluable insight into the legal system.

I personally defend my clients, and I am always available throughout the process to answer any questions any time of the day or night. My focus is on the fact that we all have constitutional rights and I’m proud that I can guarantee my clients’ Rights are protected while in the court system.

I personally do not care if my client has committed a crime. In fact, it’s not even a question I ask. My focus is if the Government can prove my Clients case beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you or someone you know has been charged with manslaughter in Maricopa County, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black to set up a free consultation at 480-729-1683.