Many people get confused when distinguishing a life sentence from a natural life sentence, as they sound extremely similar. Countless people think that they mean the same thing. However, that is not the case; there is a big difference between the two prison sentences.
When a defendant is sentenced to life in prison, they will be eligible for parole after they have served 25 years behind bars.
Contrastingly, an offender who is given a natural life prison sentence will live the rest of their life in a jail cell, until the day that they die.
These sentences are very harsh and are normally reserved for Arizona offenders who have committed serious and often violent crimes. If you are facing charges for a serious crime in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Tucson, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale, or another AZ city, the criminal defense team at JacksonWhite can work to ensure that you avoid such severe sentencing. Schedule a free consultation with experienced criminal lawyer, Jeremy Geigle by calling (480) 467-4370.