Murder / Manslaughter

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 criminal defense.

Types of Homicide Charges We Represent

  • First degree murder: A premeditated killing, including intentionally causing the death of an unborn child
  • 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 conviction.

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.

For a free initial consultation and reliable representation, contact Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. at (602) 842-6762 today.

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  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States Court of Appeals | Ninth Circuit
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • ABA
  • American Association for Justice
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys

What Sets Us Apart

  • Aggressive


    We are aggressive in our pursuit to uphold the rights and interests of our clients. We have the tenacity and the legal edge necessary to make a difference in your case.

  • Dedicated


    We are dedicated to protecting our clients' rights. We genuinely care about your well-being, and will always work diligently to pursue a positive outcome. You deserve nothing less!

  • Honest


    We are honest in our assessment of each case. Our lawyers make every effort to evaluate and review every case we receive. We are always candid and upfront about our conclusions. Our goal is your best interest, and we won't compromise that objective.

  • Highly-Rated


    We are highly rated by our peers and past clients. With a long list of achievements and accolades attached to our name, you can have confidence in our ability and our commitment.

  • Successful


    We are successful with a track record that includes many notable case wins, as well as millions of dollars in recoveries for injured clients. Our legal finesse and determination has been proven time and again. Let us put this experience to work for you.

  • Experienced


    We’ve worked on both sides of the courtroom, handling cases at the state and federal level. We apply this insight to the defendants we protect and the injured we advocate for.