Posted on October 26, 2019 in assault & violent crimes
How do you get charged with an aggravated assault? Almost nothing in criminal law sounds worse than an assault. The word suggests an attack on another’s safety and wellbeing that has potentially left them incredibly hurt. But that is just not the case in Arizona. Arizona law treats “simple” assaults as misdemeanors. Read on to learn more about what constitutes an aggravated assault and if you have any further questions, reach out to an experienced Phoenix assault lawyer.
Assaults, as described in Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1203 cover a wide range of behavior, but include:
Essentially, an Assault under Arizona law is an unlawful touching or making another person believe that you would unlawfully touch them. All these offenses are classified as various levels of misdemeanors. Assaults get serious, however, when they are aggravated by other circumstances.
Aggravated Assault, as described in Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1204 requires that an Assault is committed and is then aggravated by one of the following factors:
Although each of these forms of Aggravated Assault are punished differently, they have one thing in common – they are all felonies. A felony has the potential for prison sentences, sometimes mandatory ones, and lengthy probation terms.
If you are charged with an Aggravated Assault you should not face that charge alone. A felony conviction can ruin your life by depriving you of your ability to make a living, find housing, obtain loans, and more. It can lead to financial ruin. You need an aggressive team to help you get the best possible result in your Aggravated Assault case. The AZ Defenders have decades of experience in handling Aggravated Assaults. Call 480-456-6400 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation. The sooner you arrange to meet a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, the sooner we can get you on your way to getting the best possible result in your case.