Note: The law office of Michael Terribile offers the following information as a general description of acts that Arizona laws are designed to address. This list does not include every act that would violate the laws of Arizona, but is provided as a sampling of those acts. The descriptions are not intended as legal definitions of the crimes. Additionally, laws differ from state to state. Contact Mr. Terribile, an experienced criminal defense lawyer, to address any questions about acts that could be prosecuted as criminal offenses.
Negligent homicide is the act of causing the death of another person, including an unborn child, through criminal negligence.
Manslaughter is [among other acts] the act of recklessly causing the death of another person; or committing second degree murder upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim; or aiding another person to commit suicide; knowingly or recklessly causing the death of an unborn child by any physical injury to the mother.
Second degree murder is the act intentionally or knowingly causing the death of another person, including an unborn child, without premeditation, or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, the person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death, and thereby does cause the death of another person.
First degree murder is the act of intentionally or knowingly, and with premeditation, of causing the death of another person , or if during the course of committing or fleeing from the commission of certain other crimes [as an example, certain sex crimes, drug crimes, burglaries], a victim dies.