Phoenix Firearm Crimes Defense Attorney

Most firearm crimes are felony offenses in Arizona, punishable by probation, fines, jail time, or prison terms. If you have been charged with a firearm crime, your best course of action is to speak with an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At AZ Defenders, we serve Phoenix and communities throughout Arizona, providing dedicated advocacy and experienced, effective criminal defense against firearm crime charges.

Why Choose AZ Defenders?

  • Our Phoenix firearm defense attorneys demand that the state proves its case. Ours is among the most aggressive criminal defense firms in the U.S., and we know when to negotiate and when to go to trial.
  • We understand how stressful it is to face criminal charges and how intimidating the system can be. We offer dedicated, personalized service, handling every aspect of your case.
  • Our lawyers have more than two decades of combined experience successfully defending our clients in criminal matters.

Arizona Firearm Fatality Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that:

  • There were 1,094 firearm deaths in Arizona in 2016, out of 36,658 firearm fatalities nationwide.
  • The death rate from firearms in Arizona was 15.2, as compared to 11.8 in the U.S.

Firearm Crimes in Arizona

Crimes involving firearms fall under several different Arizona statutes.

Misconduct Involving Weapons

A multitude of offenses involving weapons are included under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3102. The majority of these offenses are charged as felonies. Misconduct involving weapons charged as a class four felony is committed when a person knowingly:

  • Carries a firearm during the commission of a violent crime or drug crime
  • Possesses a firearm as a convicted felon or illegal alien
  • Possesses a firearm with the serial number removed
  • Possesses a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches
  • Possesses a modified machine gun or gun that fires more than one round per trigger pull

Unlawful Discharge of Firearms

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3107, a person who discharges a firearm with criminal negligence within or into any municipality is guilty of a class six felony. Penalties upon conviction may include prison time (one and a half to three years).

Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon

As stated in Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-2904, a person commits disorderly conduct if he or she knowingly and recklessly handles, displays, or discharges a firearm with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family, or person. This offense is charged as a class six felony, punishable by penalties including one and a half to three years in prison.

Drive-By Shootings

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1209, the offense of drive-by shooting is committed when a person intentionally discharges a firearm from a motor vehicle at a person, occupied vehicle, or occupied structure. Drive-by shooting is a class two felony that carries a mandatory prison sentence of seven to 21 years. The defendant’s driver’s license will also be revoked for one to five years.

Aggravated Assault

A person commits aggravated assault if he or she commits assault using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Aggravated assault using a firearm is a class three dangerous felony carrying a mandatory prison sentence of five to 15 years, with no possibility of probation.

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Conviction of firearm crimes in Phoenix can have serious consequences. If you are facing these charges, contact AZ Defenders right away. When we represent you, we will do everything in our power to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.

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