Assault Charges in Arizona
If you are charged with assault, you are likely facing major consequences. As such, it will be extremely important to work with an experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. The attorneys at Tait & Hall have the experience necessary to help you fight these charges involving violent crimes.
Arizona Assault Laws
According to Arizona laws pertaining to assaults, assault misdemeanors do not actually require that you injure another person, or even that you touch the other person. In fact, assault in Arizona can be charged as a Class 1, 2 or 3 misdemeanor. The level of the offense of an assault charge is based on the alleged actions.
The Classification of Assault Charges in Arizona
Class 1 Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Assault charges can be a Class 1 misdemeanor if a person at least recklessly causes any physical injury to another person. This can include a small scratch, a bruise or even just a red mark. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail, three years’ probation, and a maximum fine of $2,500.
Class 2 Misdemeanor Assault Charges
A Class 2 misdemeanor can result when a person places another in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. This can include verbal or physical threats, such as pretending to hit a person. A Class 2 misdemeanor is punishable by up to four months in jail, two years’ probation, and a maximum fine of $750.
Class 3 Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Assault is a Class 3 misdemeanor if a person knowingly touches another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke. This offense does not require that an injury results from the touching. Simply touching another person can result in this charge. A Class 3 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, one year of probation, and a maximum fine of $500.
Assault Involving Domestic Violence
Assault can result in a domestic violence offense if the relationship between the two parties is familial or romantic or if the two parties live together. Domestic violence offenses carry additional potential consequences.
Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers
Determining a Sound Strategy For Your Case
At Tait & Hall, our attorneys will present potential constitutional defenses to fight for your rights in court. Our goal will always be to reduce your charges whenever possible, or even seek a dismissal of the case. With a thorough investigation of your case, our Arizona criminal defense lawyers will develop a strategy to effectively advocate for you according to the unique circumstances of your case and your individual needs.
For example, where applicable, we may present evidence to show a lack of injury, a lack of intent to cause the injury, or that the alleged conduct could not have resulted in the alleged injuries.
We can also assist when additional offenses are involved with your case, including sexual assault, aggravated assault and more. If you’ve been charged with assault in addition to other crimes, your case will be more complex– we have the experience to navigate even the most complicated cases.
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