Homicide Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

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If you are facing charges for homicide or any other crime that resulted in the death of another person, it’s critical that you have strong representation from a Phoenix criminal defense attorney. 

As a top Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, Belén understands the specialized issues surrounding the preparation and defense of a homicide charge in Arizona and has the courtroom experience and skill required to stand up against the state. Belén Olmedo Guerra is known for providing aggressive defense representation for her clients throughout Phoenix. She has successfully handled a number of high-profile cases.

Types of Homicide Cases We Handle

As a skilled Phoenix homicide defense attorney, Belén and her criminal defense team are prepared to defend you against all types of murder charges, including:

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Penalties for Homicide Charges in Arizona

First-Degree Murder

Under ARS §13-1105, first-degree murder is defined as “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 or, as a result of causing the death of another person with premeditation, causes the death of an unborn child.” First-degree murder in Arizona is a Class 1 felony punishable by life imprisonment, natural life imprisonment, or the death penalty.

Second-Degree Murder

The definition of second-degree murder in Arizona can be found in ARS §13-1104. Second-degree murder is also a Class 1 felony in AZ, but is punishable by a presumptive term of 16 years, a maximum of 25 years, and a minimum of 10 years in prison.


Under ARS §13-1103, manslaughter is considered a Class 2 dangerous felony. Class 2 dangerous felony charges may result in a prison sentence between 7 to 21 years for a first offense. It’s important to remember that with this criminal offense and all other homicide charges, historical priors or dangerous repetitive offenses will drastically increase the sentencing. 

Negligent Homicide 

The legal definition under ARS §13-1102 states that “a person commits negligent homicide if with criminal negligence the person causes the death of another person, including an unborn child.” Criminal negligence occurs when a person unknowingly does or fails to do something that puts others in substantial and unjustifiable danger. Negligent homicide is a Class 4 felony with penalties ranging from 1 to 3.75 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines for a first offense. 

Defenses Against Homicide Charges in Arizona

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, several defenses may be available. This includes offering proof that someone else committed the crime, the killing was done in self defense, the murder was unintentional, the State’s evidence is insufficient to convict, or in the cases of felony murder, that the death was not caused by the commission of another crime. Furthermore, there may be mitigating circumstances such that the facts only support a lesser charge. The Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Belén Law Firm have the skill required to bring these defenses to life in the courtroom, whether this be through withering cross examination of a Government witness or a compelling closing argument demonstrating the deficiencies in the State’s proof.

Why You Need a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer for Your Homicide Charges

At Belén Law Firm, a renowned criminal defense law firm in Phoenix, we are committed to providing aggressive and effective legal representation for individuals facing homicide charges and other criminal cases in Arizona. Our experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorneys have a deep understanding of Arizona’s criminal justice system, and we know how to navigate the complexities of defending against violent crimes. We understand the serious nature of these charges and the potential consequences our clients face. That’s why we work tirelessly to build a strong defense on their behalf, utilizing all available resources to protect their rights and secure the best possible outcome. If you or a loved one is facing a homicide charge, our dedicated legal team is here to provide the skilled representation you need.

With every case we take, we closely scrutinize every piece of evidence the prosecution intends to use against our clients. Armed with a thorough understanding of each case, our criminal attorneys drive the case towards the best possible outcome, whether that is convincing the state of Arizona to dismiss or reduce the charges against her clients or crafting a successful defense at trial. When the state seeks the death penalty and your life is on the line, Belén Olmedo Guerra has the skill and courage to stand between you and the state. She will leave no stone unturned to defend and protect your life.

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Call The Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorneys at Belén Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation

If you are facing criminal charges for homicide in or around Phoenix, AZ, you NEED the aggressive representation of a criminal defense lawyer like Belén Olmedo Guerra. Contact a Phoenix murder defense attorney at Belén Law Firm today to discuss your homicide case. Our criminal law firm offers free case evaluations and is available 24/7. You can reach us at 602-715-0908 or by completing our online intake form.

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