Phoenix Assault Attorney

Assault is a common offense that occurs under a variety of circumstances. Nevertheless, the consequences can be severe. If you are facing charges of assault or assault-related crimes, contact AZ Defenders today. Our Phoenix assault attorneys provide exceptional service and outstanding criminal defense.

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What Is Assault?

There are two types of assault in Arizona: Simple assault and aggravated assault.

Simple Assault

Simple assault can be defined under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1203 as:

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical injury to another person. (This is a class one misdemeanor when committed intentionally or knowingly, and a class two misdemeanor when committed recklessly).
  • Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. (This is a class two misdemeanor.)
  • Knowingly touching another person with intent to injure, insult, or provoke that person. (This offense is a class three misdemeanor.)

Aggravated Assault

As covered in Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1204, assault is aggravated when:

  • It causes serious physical injury or substantial temporary disfigurement
  • A deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is used to commit the offense
  • A victim is bound or restrained
  • An adult assaults a minor age 15 or younger
  • A person enters a private home to commit assault
  • A police officer, firefighter, or other officer is assaulted

Examples of Assault

Certain related crimes are frequently charged along with assault, including the following.

Endangerment

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1201, a person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent physical injury or death. Endangerment that involves substantial risk of imminent death is a class six felony. Otherwise, endangerment is a class one misdemeanor.

Threatening or Intimidating

As stated in Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1202, a person commits threatening or intimidating if he or she threatens or intimidates by word or conduct to:

  • Cause physical injury to another person or serious damage to another person’s property;
  • Cause, or act in reckless disregard of causing, serious public inconvenience, including but not limited to the evacuation of a building, transportation facility, or place of assembly; or
  • Cause physical injury to another person or damage to the property of another person to promote, further, or assist in the interests of, or to cause, induce, or solicit another person to participate in a criminal street gang, criminal syndicate, or racketeering enterprise.

What are the Defenses to Assault?

A number of defenses can be raised against charges of assault and assault-related crimes, for example:

  • No proof of intent, recklessness, or other mental state required for conviction.
  • Suppression of evidence due to violations of the fourth, fifth, or sixth amendments.
  • Affirmative defenses including self-defense, crime prevention, defense of others, and defensive display of firearms.

Connect with our Phoenix Assault Lawyers

Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. If you have been charged with assault or an assault-related crime in Phoenix, call the Phoenix assault attorneys at AZ Defenders as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation.

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