Assault charges have serious and lasting consequences. A conviction can result in jail time, classes, and fines. Sometimes more importantly, it can have effects on your reputation, employment, and family. If this is not your first assault conviction, you face stiffer penalties.
The right Scottsdale assault lawyer will help to get the best outcome and keep you informed and educated during a process that is often confusing. They should develop a strong case strategy, negotiate with prosecutors, and investigate and argue all available defenses. Whether this is your first assault charge or third, the top-rated attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group will work to ensure your rights are protected. We fight for the best outcome in every case, for every client.
According to Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1203, A person can be found guilty of assault if they:
What constitutes intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly is defined in Arizona Revised Statute Section 13-105 (10) (a-c). You act intentionally when your objective is to cause a result or engage in that conduct, such as physically injuring another. For example, when someone’s strikes another person and causes physical harm, this constitutes a deliberate act, even if they did not intend the resulting injury.
A person acts recklessly if they are “aware of and consciously disregard a substantial and unjustifiable risk” created by your act. Behavior is a “gross” deviation from the standard of conduct a “reasonable person” would do in that situation. Someone who creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk has acted recklessly.
As stated earlier, A.R.S. Section 13-1203 lays out a few different ways you can be accused or found guilty of “misdemeanor” assault. However, if these acts are done under specific circumstances, it is likely to be charged in Superior Court as a felony and called an “Aggravated Assault”, which is considered more serious and carries even harsher consequences. Some examples are when an assault is committed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or when the victim is under 15, an officer, a health worker, or if the assault results in “serious” physical injury like a laceration or broken bone.
These are very technical legal considerations, and it is vital to work with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Grand Canyon Law Group is founded and run by former prosecutors who know how to get the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to providing information and communication to our clients to keep them informed so they know the options and can make the best choices.
Per the Criminal Code Sentencing Provisions (“Sentencing Provisions”), a conviction of misdemeanor assault can include any or all the following penalties: incarceration, fines, probation, community service, and reimbursement of incarceration costs. But don’t lose hope. We are here to minimize the damage to your life. Our dedicated Scottsdale assault lawyers look to find and attack any weakness in the case and to present positive information about you to work for the best possible result, whether in negotiation or trial.
A misdemeanor or felony assault charge is not to be taken lightly. We make it easy to at least get information that can help you know what to expect and how we can help. Call and speak directly with an attorney, not a salesperson. We can go over the best way to fight the charges and save your way of life. A talk with a Scottsdale assault attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group today will help you better understand your case, your charges, and your rights. It will empower you with knowledge to move forward with confidence.