Understanding Assault Charges

Assault charges in the state of Arizona are very serious and the legislature has implemented laws to make the punishment for convictions severe. Many cities in Arizona, like Phoenix, define assault broadly, which benefits prosecutors greatly. Most people do not know that do not have to actually physically harm somebody to be charged and convicted of assault. In fact, all you have to do is show provoking or threatening behavior. Here is what you may face if you are charged and convicted of assault:

Types Of Assault And Penalties

Threatening Or Intimidation (ARS 13-1202)

  • Circumstances
  • Threatening somebody
  • Intimidating somebody
  • Causing public inconvenience
  • Penalty
  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to three years of probation
  • $2,500 in fine and surcharges

Misdemeanor Assault (ARS 13-1203)

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical injury to another person
  • Penalty: Up to six months in jail, three years of probation, $2,500 in fine and surcharges
  • Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury
  • Penalty: Up to four months in jail, two years of probation, and $750 fine plus surcharges
  • Knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure or insult another person
  • Penalty: Up to thirty days in jail, one year of probation, and a $500 fine plus surcharges

Aggravated Assault (ARS 13-1204)

  • Circumstances
  • Assault resulting in serious physical injury
  • Assault committed with a deadly weapon
  • Assault on a police officer, prosecutor, prison guard, teacher, or medical professional
  • Assault committed after breaking and entering into a home
  • Assault that causes substantial disfigurement or fracture
  • Assault where the victim is restrained
  • Penalty
  • First Time Offenders: Five to fifteen year jail sentence
  • Repeat Offenders: Longer prison term with penalties
  • Second Offenders: Ten to twenty years
  • Third Offenders: Fifteen to twenty five years

Address Your Assault Charge With Us

The majority of people have no experience with the criminal justice system. If convicted, you will have a permanent criminal mark on your record regardless of how serious the offense is. Before accepting any deals or entering a “guilty,” “not guilty,” or “no contest” plea, fully understand what you are dealing with and the potential outcomes that come along with your decision. As some of the best criminal defense lawyers we can explain your options and potential consequences of your charges. Most importantly, we can provide an effective strategy to make this troublesome time go away quickly.