Assault charges in Arizona are serious. While it may seem like such trival incidents involving a fight, disagreement or reckless behavior is just a part of life, the fact is that Arizona law strictly prohibits this activity. A conviction for even the most minor assault offense will create a criminal record and could see you spend time in jail. More serious allegations can actually be classified as felonies where convictions will forever impact your life.
Our experienced Team of Phoenix assault lawyers may be able to help you. We work by your side to examine the facts of each case attempting to fully explain the charges in your case and what the prosecutor needs to prove. We also aim to discover evidence that helps to raise the idea of reasonable doubt in the minds of potential jurors. Finally, our dedicated criminal defense attorney appears in court to protect your rights, negotiate with the assigned prosecutor and if necessary, make the legal arguments before judges.
Definition of Assault in Phoenix
Most people imagine an assault as causing bodily harm to another person. While this is certainly true, the law defining this offense includes additional behavior. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1203, a person may violate the state’s assault laws in three ways. These are:
- Causing physical injury to another through reckless or intentional behavior
- Placing another person in reasonable fear of immediate injury
- Touching another person with the intent to injure, provoke, or insult
A knowledgeable attorney could provide more information about the state’s assault law and what a prosecutor must prove in court.
What are the Potential Consequences of an Assault Conviction?
Not every assault charge is the same. In fact, we see many of these cases being overly or incorrectly charged by investigating officers Our legal team has even encountered instances where no investigation was actually completed and/or officers failed to make any attempt to actually get both sides of the story. At the basic level described above, assaults are misdemeanors. At the most, a misdemeanor assault conviction can result in six months in jail and the payment of fines. Unfortunately, not every assault is a misdemeanor.
AZ Rev. Stat. § 13-1204 describes aggravated assault, which is a felony. It lists a variety of situations where the law considers an assault to be more serious. These include:
- Causing serious bodily injury
- Using a dangerous weapon
- When the alleged victim cannot resist
- If the alleged victim is under the age of 15
- If the alleged victim is a police officer or a firefighter on duty
Convictions for aggravated assault are felonies. In many situations, courts are required to impose a mandatory minimum prison sentence after a conviction. As a result, aggravated assault charges are extremely serious. A Phoenix assault lawyer is prepared to take the lead to defend people facing any version of an assault charge.
Reach out to a Phoenix Assault Attorney Today
As you can tell, an assault charge can come with severe consequences. Even a misdemeanor allegation can see you spending time in jail and result in the creation of a criminal record. In many situations, felony-level assaults involve mandatory minimum prison terms.
Our Phoenix assault lawyers may be able to help you avoid this outcome. We work from day one to explain the relevant laws, evaluate the strength of the prosecutor’s case, and protect your rights while in court. We could help to work towards a fair plea deal that lessens the final penalties or present a case at trial that might raise reasonable doubt. Give us a call now to discover more.