Phoenix Murder & Manslaughter Attorney
Get an Aggressive Defense for Your Violent Crime Charges
Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. has successfully defended clients against murder
and manslaughter charges. Such an outcome is not possible in every case,
but with the high stakes of years or a lifetime behind bars, you want
an attorney who gives you the best fighting chance of a favorable outcome.
If you or a family member is charged in the death of another person in
Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, or anywhere in Arizona, contact
us immediately for a vigorous
Types of Homicide Charges We Represent
First degree murder: A premeditated killing, including intentionally causing the death of an
Felony murder: Also charged as first degree murder (a) causing the death of a law enforcement
officer or (b) causing any death in the commission of or flight from a
felony crime (both with or without the intent to actually kill)
Second degree murder: (a) Intentional but not premeditated murder, such as a heat of passion
or sudden quarrel, or (b) extreme indifference to human life resulting in death
Manslaughter: (a) Reckless actions causing death, (b) assisting a suicide, (c) a coerced
killing under threat to your own life or loved ones, (d) second degree
murder upon adequate provocation, or (e) causing the death of an unborn child
Negligent homicide: Criminal negligence causing the death of a person or unborn child
Mounting a Defense Against Your Homicide Charges
The prosecution puts its best trial lawyers on a murder case, and they
have extensive resources. Founding Lawyer Richard J. Suzuki is an experienced
criminal defense attorney who got his start as a Deputy Maricopa County
Attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He can gauge the strength
or weakness of the government's case, and anticipate their moves.
He also knows where there is "wiggle room" to negotiate pleas
to lesser offenses.
Our lawyers, our investigators, and support staff examine every piece of
evidence – forensic evidence, witness statements, incident reports
– and look at the actions of law enforcement in their investigation,
arrest and execution of search warrants. We explore self-defense, defense
of a third party, provocation and other reasonable explanations for the death.
Murder and unintentional homicide cases often hinge on the premise of mens
rea, the defendant's state of mind at the time. We put great effort
into proving there was (a) no intent to cause death or (b) no knowledge
that actions would lead to death.
When a jury has an all-or-nothing choice on a murder charge, that's
a big gamble. We often argue for lesser included offenses at trial, so
that a sympathetic jury has the option to convict for on a lower-level
crime. It may still spell some prison time for you, but it's much
better to serve 5 years for manslaughter than 20 years to life for a murder
What if you are convicted?
A good Phoenix criminal defense lawyer begins noting possible grounds for
appeal from the moment of arrest all the way through the instructions
to the jury. We have experience in post-trial motions and appeals to convince
a higher court to overturn your conviction or order a new trial.
free initial consultation
and reliable representation,
contact Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C.
at (602) 842-6762