Is it considered murder in Arizona if the victim is an unborn child?

Yes, a person may be charged with murder if he or she causes the death of an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb. However, there are some circumstances under which this is not legally considered an Arizona homicide, including:
  • If you are performing an abortion with the consent of the pregnant woman or the consent of a person authorized to act on the pregnant woman's behalf;
  • If you are performing medical treatment on the pregnant woman or the pregnant woman's unborn child;
  • If you are the unborn child's mother.

If you have been arrested for murder in Arizona, don't wait too long to contact a Phoenix homicide defense attorney at 1-888-929-5292. We can look at all of the details of your case and explain your rights honestly and clearly, and we will do everything in our power to defend you. Our Maricopa County criminal defense lawyers understand what it takes to build strong defenses and are familiar with the entire criminal law process. Also, don't forget to read through our FREE book, Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know.