If you get charged with a misdemeanor crime in Arizona, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. Although a misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony, it will still go on your permanent record. In addition, many misdemeanor crimes in Arizona come with jail time. At AZ Defenders, our Phoenix misdemeanor defense attorneys can create a strong defense that is designed to help you avoid the worst possible consequences of a misdemeanor charge. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.
In Arizona, criminal charges come in three different classifications: petty offenses, misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors fall right in the middle. They are more serious than petty offenses but less serious than felonies. Examples of misdemeanor crimes in Arizona are:
If you are being charged with any type of misdemeanor in Arizona, it is important to contact a defense lawyer as soon as possible – before your arraignment hearing. The sooner you have a lawyer giving you advice and counsel, the stronger your defense will be.
Arizona Revised Statute 13-707 gives the maximum terms of imprisonment for different types of misdemeanors. It also states that a sentence for a misdemeanor shall be served in a place other than at the State Department of Corrections. These maximum times are:
Note that these sentences may be extended if this is not your first misdemeanor conviction. In addition to imprisonment, you could also face fines, probation, the loss of your license, community service and other penalties, depending on the case.
A criminal defense attorney may have the ability to keep you out of jail if you are facing misdemeanor charges in Phoenix. An attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea deal, for example, that comes with a lighter sentence. Depending on the circumstances, your lawyer might also recommend that you plead not guilty. Then, your lawyer can represent you during a criminal trial in Maricopa County with a defense such as:
If case dismissal or acquittal is not possible, your lawyer can still fight to have the charges reduced, such as arguing a misdemeanor down to a petty offense. The right defense for you will depend on the facts of your case and criminal record. The misdemeanor defense lawyers at AZ Defenders will take the time to get to know you and understand your case to create the strongest possible defense. You can trust our lawyers to passionately advocate for your legal rights.
If you are facing misdemeanor charges – whether or not you have already been arrested – we can help. We can prepare your criminal defense from start to finish. Our Phoenix misdemeanor defense attorneys are highly experienced and knowledgeable in Arizona criminal law. We will answer your questions and list your legal options in detail. As your lawyers, we will be committed to protecting your future.
For more information about how we can help you with a misdemeanor case in Phoenix, call (480) 456-6400 or contact us online and we will get back to you right away. Our phone lines are open 24/7.