How Arizona Law Defines Manslaughter Charges

The term manslaughter is often used to describe everything from an accidental death to homicide. Arizona, however, has a specific definition of manslaughter:

In the state of Arizona, the law states that a person commits manslaughter by:

  1. Recklessly causing the death of another person
  2. Committing second-degree murder in a sudden fit of anger or passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim
  3. Intentionally aiding another to commit suicide
  4. Committing second-degree murder while being coerced to do so by the use of unlawful deadly physical force
  5. Knowingly or recklessly causing the death of an unborn child by any physical injury to the mother

The Consequences for a Conviction of Manslaughter in Arizona

Ultimately, manslaughter is one of the many ways a prosecutor can choose to charge someone who breaks the law by killing another person, even if that person did not intend to commit murder.

According to Arizona law, manslaughter is a Class 2 felony. As such, it carries a potential sentence of between seven and 21 years in prison. Further, if manslaughter is committed in conjunction with another felony act, or if the defendant already has a felony conviction, the prison sentence can rise to 28 years.

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