There are numerous criminal charges involving actions behind the wheel. Among the most serious are accusations that you used a car, truck, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle to cause physical injury to another. State law classifies a vehicle as a deadly weapon. As a result, accusations that you used a vehicle to cause or threaten harm to another are always felonies.
When you face these charges, your first call should be to a Tolleson vehicular aggravated assault lawyer. The relentless attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group can explain the charges under state law and develop defenses to prevent the severe consequences of a conviction. We are prepared to fight for you and your way of life.
All vehicular assault cases require proof that a defendant acted intending to cause harm to another. The state’s core assault statute, listed in Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1203, says it is a violation to act in any way that reasonably places another in fear of physical injury. It is also illegal to act intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly and cause physical injury to another.
Various behaviors while driving a motor vehicle may fit this definition. Of course, it is against the law to intentionally use a vehicle to strike another person or vehicle. However, vehicular assault charges may also result from a person allegedly driving drunk and colliding with another, causing physical injury. Because the law presumes that a person made the conscious decision to get drunk or take drugs, this fits within the definition of reckless behavior. Our skilled attorneys in Tolleson can further explain the general concept of vehicular aggravated assault under state law and investigate the circumstances of an arrest.
State law classifies a motor vehicle as a dangerous weapon. This means that all instances involving assault that involve a motor vehicle will fall under the category of aggravated assault. According to AZ Rev. Stat. § 13-1204, an aggravated assault is, at a minimum, a class 6 felony. This means that even if this is a person’s first felony conviction and there are mitigating factors, a conviction comes with a mandatory minimum four-month jail sentence. The same case with aggravating factors could see a judge impose a sentence of as long as two years.
Other factors that can aggravate a regular assault charge can also apply to vehicular crime cases. For instance, a person may face enhanced charges if the alleged victim of the incident is a family member or if they have a prior assault conviction on their record. Our lawyers in the area are ready to develop a defense against vehicular aggravated assault charges and work to minimize the potential penalties a defendant faces.
Facing criminal charges after a car accident can be terrifying. When you are accused of using a motor vehicle to recklessly, intentionally, or knowingly inflict physical injury on another, your freedom and future are at stake. All examples of these cases are felonies where convictions will have long-lasting consequences.
Speak with a Tolleson vehicular aggravated assault lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group today. Our legal team is ready to explain how these laws work and identify any weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case. We will defend you tirelessly during all court sessions to limit the impact of an arrest on your future. Contact us today to learn we can help you.