Phoenix Homicide Defense Lawyer
Homicide is the unlawful and deliberate killing of an individual. It is one of the most, if not the most, serious charges an individual can face. Corso Law Group can give guidance to those with a homicide charge in Phoenix. Founder Christopher Corso is a former supervising prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and experienced Phoenix homicide defense lawyer with an intimate understanding of the prosecution, and proceedings, during a homicide trial. Contact our firm as soon as possible in the face of a homicide charge.
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While it is possible to remove homicide charges, the defense will also strive to lessen the charges and penalties against the alleged offender. This will make a major difference in the criminal penalties individual faces, and the long-term effects of the conviction on their life. Corso Law Group excels in serious criminal trials. Our legal team will work hard to achieve successful homicide defense, using potential strategies such as:
- Justifiable homicide. This defense could potentially lead to the courts dismissing the charges altogether. A “justifiable homicide” is a death that results from self-defense, defense of property, necessity, or crime prevention. If the defendant committed homicide out of a good faith belief that it was necessary, it may be possible to escape the charges and any sentences. The courts may look at what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation to decide whether or not the defendant was justified in killing someone.
- Inability to intentionally kill. A defendant’s insanity, intoxication, unconsciousness, or diminished capacity (e.g., being in a state of extreme stress) may serve as evidence of the individual’s inability to intentionally kill another person. This defense may lead to a reduction of a homicide charge into voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. The insanity defense could lead to time in a mental institution instead of prison.
- Reasonable mistake. This defense claims that the defendant was not aware that the killing of the individual was unjustified or illegal. In other words, the defendant did not have the mental state to commit homicide. A defendant may allege that he or she mistakenly thought their life was at risk, which led to the action that killed the other person. This defense may also involve an allegation of entrapment by a law enforcement officer, in which the defendant would not have committed the murder without coercion from the officer.
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An aggressive legal team may be able to achieve a dismissal of your case altogether or at least convince the courts to reduce the prosecution’s charges against you. Reduced charges lessen the penalties, and can make a considerable difference in a defendant’s future. For example, it may be possible to reduce a first-degree murder charge to such offenses as involuntary manslaughter. Working with our experienced and confident team of Phoenix homicide defense attorneys, we will provide the tools necessary to fight against the prosecution. For more information about homicide defense in Phoenix, schedule a free case evaluation.