Challenging Manslaughter Charges
If you have been arrested for manslaughter, you need an attorney who will be there to help you through this very difficult situation. Matthew Lopez is a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer who is dedicated to providing clients with the best possible outcome for their cases. At Matthew Lopez Law, PLLC, we understand the stress you and your family are dealing with. Let us help you navigate the treacherous waters of the criminal defense system by thoroughly investigating your case and looking for issues that could lead to a dismissal or reduction in sentence.
How Arizona Law Classifies Manslaughter Charges And Punishments
A person can be charged with manslaughter by “recklessly causing the death of another,” or “intentionally or knowingly committing murder in the heat of passion or upon a sudden quarrel,” according to state law. Because of the vagueness of the statute, there are many defenses to a manslaughter charge. This is why it is important to have an attorney begin crafting defenses as soon as possible.
Manslaughter is considered a class 2 felony. Under Arizona sentencing guidelines, the presumptive sentence for a class 2 felony (with no prior convictions) is five years in prison. If there are aggravating factors or a person has prior felony convictions, the sentence could be at least 12.5 years in prison. As you can see, a manslaughter charge will result in significant prison time. Your life is on the line, and you need a lawyer who is dedicated, experienced and honest to help you fight this charge!