Hi, I am Scott Maasen with the Maasen Law Firm. Today, I want to talk with you about vehicular manslaughter arizona cases.
In Arizona, there are basically two types.
Manslaughter vs. Second Degree Murder
It’s called manslaughter or it’s called second-degree murder. Basically when you have this, you have someone driving a vehicle, a motorcycle, a truck, a car. They have alcohol or drugs in their system. They are acting recklessly and then they cause an accident, someone dies. That would be manslaughter. In Arizona, the prison range for that as a first offense is 7-to-21 year prison sentence. It is very serious. It’s a Class 2 felony, a very serious charge.
Above that, you have what’s called second-degree murder. The second-degree murder charge carries with it a 10-to-20 year prison sentence in Arizona as a first offense. In a second-degree murder, the state needs to show someone acted with extreme indifference to life. The example that I use about that most frequently is someone has drugs or alcohol in their system. They are speeding down the freeway over 100 miles an hour. They cause an accident, someone dies. Very serious cases when you have a death and you have drugs or alcohol in your system on board in dealing with that.
Talk with a Criminal Defense Specialist Lawyer
You really need an experienced attorney that handles those type of cases and has a really good track record and a history with those type of cases. They are very technical, they are very detailed, and there’s a lot of information that really needs to be handled and be handled in the right way.
Maasen Law Firm Specializes in Vehicular Manslaughter Cases
We do those cases at our office. I’m happy to talk with you anytime, weekends, after hours, about your options if you or somebody you know has a vehicular homicide type of a case. We offer free consultation and happy to talk to you in more detail. If that’s something you’re interested in or you want some more information, give me a call.