In Apache Junction, assault is a commonly charged offense with serious potential consequences. Assault charges may be misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. A conviction could lead to a prison sentence, fines, and loss of certain constitutional rights.
If you are accused of assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, or a related charge, call an Apache Junction assault lawyer as soon as possible. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our aggressive attorneys can build a proactive legal defense to protect you from severe penalties. When the stakes are this high, it is crucial to work with the right legal team that will dedicate time and attention to your case.
Generally, an assault refers to a physical attack or threat of physical attack against another person. Although the term “assault” is a broad category that covers many different offenses, the general definition is set forth in Revised Statutes § 13-1203. Without any aggravating factors, a simple assault is categorized based on the type of alleged conduct and the resulting harm. The category of simple assault also determines the penalties associated with the charges, although these penalties may be increased for prior offenses.
An assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor if the act was done intentionally and an injury occurred as a result. Penalties include up to $2,500 in fines, up to six months in jail, and up to thirty-six months of probation.
An assault is a Class 2 misdemeanor if the act was done recklessly and an injury occurred as a result. Penalties include a maximum jail sentence of up to four months in jail, fines of up to $750, and up to twenty-four months of probation.
An assault is a Class 3 misdemeanor if a defendant touched someone intentionally, but no injury was caused as a result. Penalties include up to $500 in fines, thirty days in jail, and up to twelve months of probation.
Aggravated assaults are also known as felony assaults under state law. These offenses involve other factors that make them more serious than simple assault. An aggravated assault charge can be brought if:
When one of these factors occurs alongside an assault, the charges quickly become more serious—an accused person may even face life in prison. These charges can also include up to $150,000 in fines, longer probation sentences, and the loss of constitutional rights due to a felony conviction. As such, it is critical for a person accused of aggravated assault to seek help from a skilled local attorney at our firm.
One of the most serious circumstances or “aggravating factors” that can be present in assault cases is if the government accuses someone of committing an assault or other crime using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. This can be anything from a gun, to a knife, to a car in an auto accident. If charged as “dangerous,” not only is the case charged as a felony, but the penalties are far more serious. The prison ranges go way up and the accused is “prison mandatory” if they are found guilty at trial.
If accused of a crime, you are entitled to legal counsel to help protect you from criminal charges. Your case deserves aggressive representation from the legal team at Grand Canyon Law Group. We believe you have a way of life worth protecting and can work tirelessly on your defense strategy. An experienced Apache Junction assault lawyer may be key in the fight for your constitutional rights. Contact us today for a consultation on your circumstances.