Phoenix Assault Lawyer

Assault charges are not taken lightly by law enforcement in Phoenix. If you have been accused of physical, verbal, or sexual assault, you could be facing significant prison time, fines, and damage to your personal and professional life.

It is never in your best interest to combat these charges on your own. Rather, let a committed Phoenix assault lawyer evaluate your case, build a strong defense, and fight for you in court. Reach out today to speak with a skilled attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group.

Defining Assault

Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1203 lays out the definition of assault. Under this statute, one could be charged with assault if they:

  • Intentionally or carelessly cause harm to another person,
  • Intentionally make someone afraid that they will suffer harm, or
  • Touch an individual with the intent to harm them.

Generally, assault charges are misdemeanors. However, when an alleged assault involves a deadly weapon, a vehicle, or occurs after trespassing, this is classified as aggravated assault, which is a felony. A knowledgeable Phoenix attorney can help someone charged with assault to understand the severity of their offense and the potential penalties associated.

Potential Consequences of Misdemeanor Assault Charges in Phoenix

Misdemeanor assault charges can fall into three classes. Intentionally causing harm to someone is a Class 1 misdemeanor and could result in six months in prison and a penalty of $2,5000. Deliberately making someone afraid that they will suffer harm is a Class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to four months in prison and a maximum fine of $750. A Class 3 misdemeanor could be charged when someone touches another person with the intention to injure or insult them. This is the least severe assault charge and is punishable by up to 30 days in prison and a fine of up to $500.

Each of these penalties is dependent on the charge being for a first offense. If an individual has been charged before, they could face enhanced punishments for assault.

When Does Assault Become Aggravated Assault?

Aggravated assault occurs when a significant injury occurs or when the alleged offender uses a deadly weapon or other objects during the assault. Aggravated assault also includes any form of physical assault against a police officer or firefighter, a minor aged 15 years or below, and the kind that involves serious deformity.

Consequences of Aggravated Assault Charges

Penalties for aggravated assault can vary greatly given the nature of an alleged offense. When settling on a penalty, the court will evaluate the nature of the offense, the argument made, the suspect’s conduct, the complainant’s damages, the suspect’s criminal history, and many other considerations. The potential sentencing ranges for each level of felony assault are as follows:

  • Class 2 felonies– Prison time between three and 12.5 years
  • Class 3 felonies– Prison time between two years and eight years and nine months
  • Class 4 felonies– Prison time between one year and three years and nine months
  • Class 5 felonies– Prison time between six months and two and a half years
  • Class 6 felonies­– Prison time between four months and two years

An individual convicted of assault can also face obligatory probation, community service, and restitution on top of prison time. It is important to keep in mind that these sentences apply to first-time charges only, and those with a criminal record could face increased penalties.

Any felony charge may jeopardize someone’s civil rights, such as their ability to vote and possess firearms. It is crucial to work with an experienced Phoenix attorney who can fight for reduced penalties and work to ensure a defendant’s way of life is protected.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Phoenix Assault Attorney

At Grand Canyon Law Group, we understand the importance of giving every client the individualized help and enthusiastic representation they require. If you are facing assault charges and are unsure of who to turn to for help, we are here for you. Our team of committed defense attorneys have extensive experience in the courtroom and will fight tirelessly to get you the outcome you deserve.  To discuss your case with a dedicated Phoenix assault lawyer, contact our office today.

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