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Being charged with assault in the state of Arizona is always a serious matter. If you are accused of assault and face jail or prison time, it’s important to speak with an attorney who can help you navigate the criminal justice system.
Assault crimes are prosecuted aggressively in Arizona because violent crimes are taken extremely seriously in the eyes of the law. The state will often move forward with assault charges even if the incident in question did not cause a person injury.
Prosecutors may seek charges based simply on an allegation that someone was placed in fear of physical harm or touched with intent to injure, provoke or insult. This leaves a lot open to interpretation, which is why you need to talk to a Scottsdale Criminal Lawyer about your side of the story if you find yourself charged with misdemeanor assault.
When an assault rises to the level of a felony, this is known as aggravated assault. The consequences become much more severe for a person convicted of felony assault and could include several years in prison.
Here are a few instances in which an assault could be elevated from a misdemeanor to felony. Because the law is so broad, there are also factors outside of those mentioned below that would result in an aggravated assault charge.
Injury: When the assault causes serious physical injury to another person, this is grounds for an aggravated assault charge.
Weapon: Prosecutors will seek aggravated assault charges any time a weapon or dangerous instrument is involved in an assault.
Restrained Victim: Committed an assault on a victim who is restrained is a felony.
Public Servant: If the victim is a teacher, police officer, first responder, firefighter, health care practitioner or paramedic engaged in official duties at the time of the assault.
Victim is a Minor: The assault is committed by an adult and the victim is younger than 15 years of age.
Committed in Custody: An assault committed against another person while in custody at city, county or juvenile detention facility.
If you are charged with assault or aggravated assault in the State of Arizona, you can expect prosecutors to do everything in their power to secure a conviction. In the eyes of the law and in the opinions of the general public, violent crimes are seen as reprehensible. Even if you were defending yourself against an aggressor you may still end up facing an assault charge.
Your top priority should be speaking with a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney. Our Scottsdale Criminal Attorneys focus exclusively on defending the rights of those charged with a crime. We carefully review every detail about your case and take the best course of action to ensure your defense is mounted aggressively.
Don’t gamble with your freedom if you are charged with a violent crime. Contact The Arizona Criminal Law Team today and tell us what happened. Your first consultation is free.