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.
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Crimes involving firearms fall under several different Arizona statutes.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.