Without laws to protect people, our society might have a difficult time remaining civil and trustworthy. However, the criminal justice system isn’t perfect, and it’s important to find out if someone is truly guilty before making a judgment and convicting him or her of a violent crime. Continue reading for a brief overview of some violent crimes.
Certain types of violent crimes have degrees attached to them to indicate the severity of the offense, and murder is one example. A first degree charge is more serious than a second degree charge, and it occurs when a person premeditatedly kills another person. If there was no premeditation for the murder, it may be considered second degree. A felony murder occurs when a person dies as the result of a felony crime like robbery or kidnapping, in which case the death does not have to be intentional for a person to be convicted.
Like murder, manslaughter may apply to cases in which a person dies, or a homicide. However, there are different kinds of situations that may result in a manslaughter charge. If a person kills someone else during an emotional experience with provocation, it is unlikely that the action was premeditated and may be considered manslaughter. You may also be charged with manslaughter if you help a person commit suicide or kill an unborn baby by injuring the mother.
Just as there are different classes of murder, there are also different classes of robbery. Armed robbery is a Class 2 felony in Arizona, and it occurs when you use a deadly weapon – or what appears to be one – to threaten someone and steal from them. This can come with a sentence of up to a maximum 21 years in prison, or a presumptive of 10.5 years for a first offense.
Violent crimes can be tricky to deal with due to the sensitive nature of the issue. If you ever find yourself being accused of committing a violent crime, please call Steven D. West at (520) 623-4387. You can learn everything you need to know about Mr. West by calling his offices or visiting his website today.