Posted on July 3, 2023 in assault & violent crimes
Aggravated assault is a very serious charge that can have devastating consequences for the rest of your life. This is a felony charge in Arizona that can remain on your criminal record forever. A felony conviction can make it more difficult to find a job and/or housing, as well as take away your right to join the Armed Forces or own a firearm. Having this offense on your criminal record can also influence future cases against you. It is critical to contact a Phoenix assault defense lawyer right away if you are facing an aggravated assault charge.
According to Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 13-1204, aggravated assault is an assault that causes serious physical injury, involves the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, is done by means of force that cause temporary but substantial disfigurement or disability, violates a protection order, involves trespassing to commit assault, or occurs while the victim is bound or physically restrained. If the assailant is over the age of 18 and the victim is 14 or younger, it is also considered aggravated assault. Finally, assaulting a peace officer or another protected person is aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault is charged as a felony crime under Arizona law. It is a class 3 felony when it causes serious physical injury to another person, involves the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument (or a simulated deadly weapon), or if the individual knowingly takes or attempts to take control over a peace officer’s firearm. It is a class 2 felony if these acts are committed against a peace officer or prosecutor. Other types of aggravated assault can be charged as class 4, 5 or 6 felonies.
If you are convicted of a felony in Arizona, it will stay on your permanent criminal record. You may not qualify for expungement in the future, either, if the crime involved a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, caused serious bodily injuries to another, or involved a victim under the age of 15. You will have to deal with many effects of a felony, including:
You may also lose your eligibility for government aid, such as food stamps, Social Security benefits and educational assistance. In addition, you will be disqualified from ever joining the military. Finally, a violent crime such as aggravated assault on your record may stop you from being able to enter certain countries. An attorney from AZ Defenders can do everything possible to prevent an aggravated assault conviction on your behalf.