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Scottsdale-area criminal courts are known for imposing harsh penalties for criminal convictions. If you’ve been charged with or accused of a crime, it’s important to have a lawyer represent you in court to protect your freedom as much as possible. Don’t try to handle a criminal case on your own. Instead, call the experienced defense attorneys at our firm to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about how you can work to mitigate any consequences associated with your case.
Our legal team includes former deputy county attorneys who have extensive experience prosecuting felony criminal cases and now uses that experience to help criminal defendants. Criminal charges are serious matters, and regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty, you want to know that you have a strong criminal defense team on your side. Our lawyers have represented people accused of crimes in a wide range of matters, and we work to ease the burden of criminal charges for our clients. In many cases, we’ve secured not guilty verdicts for our clients at trial, and in others we have been able to reduce the criminal penalties or have them dismissed entirely.
We’re prepared to handle a wide range of criminal law cases. Below we discuss some of the most common criminal charges that we see.
Our firm is prepared to handle a wide range of cases, including many not listed above, and we take both misdemeanor and felony cases. No matter what type of crime you’ve been charged with, we’ll be on your side throughout the legal process.
When you’re accused of a crime, it’s natural to feel nervous and uncertain about the future. What’s going to happen next? What are the potential consequences if you’re found guilty? If you are convicted of a crime, there are several penalties you can expect, including:
There are many defenses to criminal accusations. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can determine which type of defense will be most effective in your case.
While there are mandatory sentencing guidelines in Arizona, there are many factors the court will evaluate to determine the sentencing range for a person’s arrest and charges. The guidelines for criminal convictions are in place to keep sentencing consistent. The court will review the defendant’s previous criminal record as well as any aggravating or mitigating factors. After the court determines the sentencing range, the judge has the discretion to apply penalties under the most lenient or harsh guidelines that fall within that category.
Assault is a dangerous crime, and the statute describes it as intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or fear of inevitable bodily injury to another person. Per the Arizona Revised Statute 13-1204, an aggravated or felony assault charge must involve specific components. The elements of felony assault include:
In most cases, an aggravated assault conviction is a class three felony with penalties of up to 15 years in prison, or a class two felony with a prison sentence potential of up to 21 years. An individual facing aggravated assault with a previous felony conviction could face 35 years behind bars.
Theft is a non-dangerous crime, and a person will face felony charges in this state for stealing property worth over $1,000. There are five categories of felony charges depending on the monetary value. The lowest offense is a class six, and the most severe is a class two felony. A person facing first-time felony theft charges could serve a sentence from 0.33 to 12.5 years. A defendant with prior felony convictions could serve from 5.75 to 35 years in prison.
Felony drug crime charges often involve multiple offenses. The felony class will depend on the type and amount of drugs involved, and the state will also consider whether the drugs in question are for personal use or the purpose of distribution. Potential sentencing for a felony drug charge ranges from 0.5 to 15 years in prison.
Aggravated driving under the influence or DUI is a felony offense in this state. The severity level will depend on many factors, including prior DUI or felony offenses, whether there was a minor under 15 years old in the car, and whether the driver has a suspended or revoked driver’s license at the time of the arrest. An aggravated DUI conviction could lead to a prison sentence between four months and 3.75 years.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you will likely face significant legal and financial penalties if convicted. The fines alone that are associated with many crimes can be crippling, particularly if they’re coupled with jail time, which may prevent you from being able to work and earn income necessary to pay them. Not only that, if you are convicted of a crime, your freedoms will be severely limited. These potential consequences make the cost of a lawyer well worth the peace of mind that having competent representation can provide. At our firm, we offer a free initial consultation to learn more about your criminal charges and whether we can take your case. We offer reasonable payment plans and an affordable legal defense that will help you maintain your freedoms and better understand the accusations against you.
If you’re unsure of what to do in your criminal case, don’t wait to get the legal support you need to properly defend yourself. Call us today, or contact us online, to schedule your consultation. We’ll come to your home, meet you at the office, or meet you in another location that works for you to help make your legal defense process as easy as possible.