Assault, Serious Violent Crimes and Murder
By definition, a violent crime is a behavior by persons, against persons or property that intentionally threatens, attempts or actually inflicts physical harm. The seriousness of the injuries to the victim(s), whether or not guns or other weapons were used will determine the seriousness of the charge (and the penalties). Violent criminal charges can include: aggravated assault, arson, assault and battery, domestic violence, hate crimes, homicide, sexual assault, manslaughter, homicide and murder.
One of the most serious areas of violent crime is homicide – killing a person, whether lawfully or unlawfully. Justifiable homicide and excusable homicide are lawful homicides, while criminal homicide, negligent homicide, reckless homicide and vehicular homicide are unlawful homicides. Unlawful homicide comprises the two crimes of murder and manslaughter.
Self Defense Attorneys In Arizona
The Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp has extensive experience handling self defense assault cases. As a former prosecutor in the Mohave County Attorney's Office, Mr. Hamp has handled cases involving shootings and firearms. As private defense counsel, the firm has successfully represented individuals who asserted self-defense claims and were subsequently acquitted at trial.
Mr. Hamp is well aware of Arizona self defense and justification laws for using physical and sometimes deadly force for individuals to defend themselves against violent attack.
Chapter 4 of Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes outlines circumstances where an individual may use physical and deadly physical force to defend premises and to terminate and prevent or prevent a burglary, (See A.R.S. 13-404); use of deadly force to reasonably defend against unlawful deadly force, (A.R.S. 13-405); use of physical deadly force in crime prevention of violent acts, (See A.R.S. 13-411); and the defensive display of a firearm to prevent the use of physical and deadly force (See A.R.S. 13-421).
Each one of the provisions Title 13 are specific. Individuals who choose to carry a firearm, need to be educated and trained in the lawful use of force. It is especially important for individuals to be aware of the difference in Arizona between physical force and deadly physical force and when each is permitted. It is also important to be aware of the very limited nature of the “castle doctrine” in Arizona. (See A.R.S. 13-419).
It is important to hire an attorney who understand the nature of justification or self-defense as a defense. A self defense claim under Arizona Law must be disproved by the prosecutor beyond a reasonable doubt. (See A.R.S. 13-205). That means that once the issue of self defense is raised by the defendant in a criminal case, the prosecutor, and not the defendant, has the burden of proof that the use of physical or deadly force was not justified.
Defending Individuals Accused of Violent Crime
At The Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp located in Kingman, Arizona, we serve individuals and families throughout northwestern Arizona in assault and self defense criminal cases.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for assault or other serious violent crimes, contact us to talk with our staff about your rights. You can call us at our local number, 928-753-6868 to schedule an appointment or schedule a case evaluation over the phone.