Kingman Misdemeanor Lawyer

In Arizona, Misdemeanors are a class of criminal violation that can cover a wide array of potential citations. From DUI to Criminal Speeding, “misdemeanor” can mean a lot of things, and, depending on the class of misdemeanor, can carry drastically different penalties. However, there is one thing that all misdemeanors have in common: you certainly do not want to be involved in one.

Beyond your fines and sentencing, you might be looking at red flags during background checks for employment and housing for the rest of your life, as well as potential issues for your immigration status, if applicable. Because of this, it’s helpful to have one of our experienced Kingman Misdemeanor lawyers at The Law Offices of Brandon White on your side to help protect your rights and best interests, and to try for the best possible outcome. Each case looks different, so don’t hesitate to reach out for a free strategy session so that we can work with you to evaluate your situation and formulate a defense. In many cases, a dedicated defense attorney is even able to appear in court on your behalf for most of the case helping to minimize disruptions to your life.

If you or someone you know has been cited or charged with a misdemeanor crime in Kingman, AZ, odds are that the citation came out of one of the following: Kingman Municipal Court, Kingman Cerbat Justice Court. No matter what Kingman court you were cited out of, we can help.

Classes and Sentencing of Misdemeanorsjudge's gavel

The Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-707A outlines 3 distinct classes of misdemeanors:

  • Class 1 misdemeanor, which has a maximum term of jail of 6 months
  • Class 2 misdemeanor, which has a maximum term of 4 months
  • Class 3 misdemeanor, which has a maximum term of 30 days

As you can see, the seriousness of the penalty increases as the class number decreases. These class numbers are significant, as they indicate the type of violation committed, and govern sentencing for repeat offenses, and out of state violations.

Examples of each class of Misdemeanor

Under the ARS, each crime is assigned a consequence and designation. Here are some examples of class 1 misdemeanors:

  • DUI
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Assault

Class 2 misdemeanors include:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Some common Class 3 misdemeanors are:

Sentencing for repeat offenses and out of state violations

The classes of misdemeanor are also significant for determining the sentencing for a repeat offense. The statute establishes that any adult who has a certain misdemeanor will be sentenced for the class above the current violation if they have one or more of the same misdemeanors on their record within the last 2 years, not counting any imprisonment time. For instance, if a certain Kingman resident is charged with reckless driving, a class 2 misdemeanor, and the court finds a previous violation from 1 year ago, then the charge may be promoted to a class 1 misdemeanor.

As far as out of state violations are concerned, if a certain person who has been convicted of a crime in a different state that would be considered a misdemeanor in Arizona is subject to the above rule, that multiple offenses increase the class, and therefore, the punishment.

Contact a Kingman Misdemeanor Attorney Right Away

Our qualified Kingman Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer can help you review the facts of your case, analyze your charges, examine any evidence, and negotiate with the court and prosecution, if need be. Having one of the seasoned misdemeanor attorneys at the Law Offices of Brandon White can help you try for the best possible outcome, giving you a fighting chance at repelling both legal and everyday consequences of having a misdemeanor on your record. Call us for a free consultation today!