What is Manslaughter in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1103?
Manslaughter is a violation of A.R.S. 3-1103, in Arizona, and may be committed under the following circumstances by:
- Recklessly causing the death of another person, or
- Committing second degree murder pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-1104, upon sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim. Whether someone was adequately provoked by the victim is an issue for the jury to decide.
- Intentionally aiding another to commit suicide, or
- Being forced to kill someone by use of coercion or the threat of immediate deadly physical force upon such person which a reasonable person in his situation would have been unable to resist. This would be the defense of duress where one is compelled to commit the homicide by the coercion or threat of immediate death if the person does not comply.
- Knowingly or recklessly causing the death of an unborn child by any physical injury to the mother.
Common charges of manslaughter occur when a person is operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, and is involved in a traffic accident which kills someone. Manslaughter is the consumption of alcohol prior to driving when it is reasonable to believe that the consumption of alcohol may affect the driver's ability to properly operate the vehicle.
Penalties to Manslaughter in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1103
A conviction of manslaughter is a violation of A.R.S. 13-1103, and is a class two felony in the state of Arizona.
A first-time felony offender faces between 7 and 21 years in prison, with a presumptive sentence of 10.5 years.
Offenders with a previous felony conviction face longer prison sentences between 14 and 28 years, with a presumptive sentence of 15 years 9 months.
Defenses to Manslaughter in Arizona, A.R.S. 13-1103
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