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Aggravated assault can be a particularly tricky criminal charge to fight in Arizona. This charge can theoretically apply to many different scenarios and lead to various outcomes in court. However, what is consistent about every aggravated assault charge is that your offense will be considered a felony punishable by several years in prison upon conviction.
In any case, guidance from a seasoned attorney will be essential to getting the best possible outcome and protecting your future. A Chandler aggravated assault lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can explain your rights and work tirelessly to uphold them throughout the criminal process. Our former prosecutors, now dedicated defense attorneys, know what it takes to represent you the right way.
Simple assault in Arizona is fairly straightforward; Arizona Revised Statute §13-1203 defines the offense as intentionally or recklessly injuring someone else, intentionally making someone else reasonably fear imminent injury, or knowingly touching someone else with intent to provoke or injure them. These offenses are classified as misdemeanors. On the other hand, A.R.S. §13-1204 lists 12 different ways that someone could commit aggravated assault, each of which may be categorized as a different class of felony depending on the circumstances.
For example, intentionally assaulting someone entering their private residence is a Class 6 felony, as is simple assault against a police officer, firefighter, healthcare practitioner, or other public worker. Causing serious physical injury in the course of committing assault is considered a Class 2 felony, as is assaulting someone with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon.
The sentencing ranges applicable to a first-time offender convicted of aggravated assault could be anywhere from between four months and two years to between three and 12.5 years. The people involved, the severity of injuries, and the way the assault occurred will impact the applicable sentencing range. A skilled aggravated assault attorney at our Chandler office can help a defendant understand their charges and build a tailored defense strategy.
Because the legal definition of aggravated assault is so broad, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for fighting this kind of accusation. In general, aggravated assault involves intent to commit the assault and knowledge of the circumstances; proving that one or both of those elements were not present can be an important part of a comprehensive defense, as could establishing that some other element of the crime was not met.
For instance, assault of someone under 15 years old by a person over 18 is considered Class 6 felony aggravated assault, but assault of someone over 15 may be considered just simple assault. In this scenario, a dedicated lawyer at our firm could work to establish that the criteria for aggravated assault were not met and lessen the severity of the charges.
Even if you have no criminal background, a single aggravated assault conviction could lead to a lengthy prison term in addition to other life-changing sanctions. You should not take this situation lightly, nor should you try to handle it without qualified legal representation on your side.
Help is available from a Chandler aggravated assault lawyer who knows how to defend your case the right way. Call Grand Canyon Law Group today to discuss your situation and learn how we can fight for your way of life.