If a police officer has probable cause to believe that domestic violence has been committed, they can arrest the person believed to have committed the offense. They can also seize any firearm on the property. The police can also conduct a child welfare check if a minor is present. Certain factors can be considered in sentencing someone for domestic violence, including whether the victim was pregnant.
Self-defense or defense of others can be a defense to domestic violence charges. In other cases, someone fabricates claims of domestic violence. Too many domestic violence cases involve false allegations. When relationships go sour, emotions can run high. Frustrated and angry, some people can falsely accuse a former partner of abuse, just to keep them away. False allegations of domestic abuse can ruin lives. If you have been charged with domestic violence, you should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the penalties involved, and will fight to keep you out of jail.
Sexual assault charges can be considered a violent crime, and has serious, lifelong consequences if the defendant is classified as a sex offender. Any sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact without consent is considered sexual assault. However, sexual assault that involves the infliction of serious physical injury is a more serious charge. A conviction for sexual assault involving injury can result in life imprisonment. Sexual assault on a minor, or subsequent sexual assault convictions can result in increased penalties.
In some cases, sexual assault can result in sex-offender status for the defendant. After a defendant serves their prison sentence, they may be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. This includes reporting to the local sheriff on a regular basis, and informing the state anytime they move or leave the state. They may be restricted on where they can live, and what kinds of jobs they can take. They may also have their picture, address, description, and criminal offense listed on the publicly searchable sex offender registry website.
Murder and manslaughter are considered among the most serious violent criminal offenses. Even if an individual did not mean to kill another person, they may be charged with murder or manslaughter. In Arizona, cases involving the death of another are generally charged as manslaughter or murder.
Under Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1103, “a person commits manslaughter by recklessly causing the death of another person.” A conviction for manslaughter can result in a prison sentence between 7 and 21 years. However, the sentence can be increased if the individual has a prior criminal record.
Second degree murder that involves a sudden quarrel or occurs in the heat of passion from provocation by the victim, or recklessly causing the death of an unborn child by any physical injury to the mother is also classified as manslaughter. “Intentionally providing the physical means that another person uses to commit suicide, with the knowledge that the person intends to commit suicide,” can also be classified as manslaughter.
Murder is a serious violent criminal charge in Arizona. Murder carries a possible penalty of life in prison without parole, or the death penalty. Murder is charged as murder in the first degree, or murder in the second degree. The specific charge depends on the circumstances surrounding the death.
Under Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1104, “a person commits second degree murder if, without premeditation, the person intentionally causes the death of another person, including an unborn child.” Second-degree murder also includes doing something that they know will cause death or serious physical injury, which causes the death of another person.
So-called “depraved heart“ murder can also be charged as murder in the second degree. Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, when a person “recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death of another person,” they may be charged with second-degree murder.
First-degree murder is a capital offense in Arizona. This means it is punishable by the death penalty. Under Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1105, “a person commits first degree murder if, “intending or knowing that the person’s conduct will cause death, the person causes the death of another person, including an unborn child, with premeditation.”
When certain felony offenses result in the death of another, the death can lead to a first-degree murder charge. This includes sexual assault, child molestation, terrorism, drive by shootings, kidnapping, burglary, arson, robbery, child abuse, and even certain drug offenses.
As with all violent criminal charges, the defendant may have a number of legal defenses available. Self-defense or defense of others can be a defense to murder or manslaughter. Other defenses may also be available, depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. If you have been charged with murder or manslaughter, you should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney who will pursue all possible defenses, and fight to keep you out of jail.