I’m a certified specialist in criminal law and I actually do my own work. I work on a lot of very serious, major felony cases.
I have a lot of experience and I’ve won five first-degree murder cases and have had others dismissed.
You Don’t Have To Be a Murderer To Be Charged as One
Homicides are very interesting because Arizona follows the principle of the felony murder role, which makes a person guilty of first-degree murder if they’re involved in one of the enumerated criminal charges, which are the predicate felonies to what they call felony murder.
Perhaps they’re alleging intentional child abuse, but maybe for you it was negligent. However, you get found guilty – you’re e found guilty of first-degree felony murder.
Get The Best Possible Outcome For Your Case
I’ve probably been involved – as a criminal defense attorney – in more than 30 murders, and many of them are resolved by plea.
I’ve had some very interesting ones involving guns where, for example, friends – young boys – have gotten in an argument on the street and one them comes over and shoots his friend four times in the car. My client was driving a vehicle, which the decedent was riding as a passenger and they charged my client with first-degree murder.
Through a lengthy process of motion practice and discovery practice, I was able to obtain him a sentence of two and a half years.
One might say, “Well, I thought he wasn’t involved at all.” But you always run a very serious risk if you go to trial, and so it was a very good deal for him and he didn’t have to spend very much time in prison at all after having been charged with first-degree murder.
Experienced, Quality Defense is Essential
Drive-by shooting, for example, is a Class 2 Felony where the person faces 7 to 21 years with a presumptive of 10 and a half years in prison. When you have an 18-year-old kid who’s being charged as an adult and is faced with 10 and a half years in prison at that age is a daunting task. You do need a highly skilled criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, if you want to a try to avoid prison.