Misdemeanor Assault Phoenix AZ
Assault charges may be brought as Misdemeanor or Felony charges. Both are serious offenses in Arizona if convicted. If you were arrested, you have the right to defend your charges. This is the most effective, if you retain an attorney to protect your rights, and provide a defense on your behalf. In order to prosecute the State will need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you purposefully; intentionally, or recklessly assaulted another person.
A person may be guilty of Misdemeanor Assault under A.R.S. § 13-1203 if their conduct knowingly, intentionally or recklessly:
1. Causes physical injury to another person;
2. Places another person in reasonable apprehension of present physical injury; or
3. Touches another person with the intention to insult, provoke or harm them.
Misdemeanor Classifications for Assault
• A.R.S. § 13-1203 1. Class 1;
• A.R.S. § 13-1203 2. Class 2;
• A.R.S. § 13-1203 3. Class 3
Sentencing for Assault in Phoenix AZ
Prison terms to do apply to Misdemeanor convictions in Arizona. However, under A.R.S. § 13 – 707 sentencing can include jail terms of six months in jail for a Class 1 Misdemeanor; Four months in jail for a class 2 Misdemeanor; and thirty days in jail for a class 3 misdemeanor.
Fines and Penalties for Misdemeanor Assaults
Fines for A.R.S. § 13 – 802 Misdemeanor will be ordered by the court of not more than the following amounts for individual convictions (excluding enterprises):
A. Class 1 – up to $2,500.00;
B. Class 2 – up to $750.00;
C. Class 3 – up to $500.00
Other penalties may include assessment fees;, court costs; restitution to the victim; terms of probation; community service and/or anger management counseling.
Burden of Proof
For the Police to make an arrest, they must have “probable cause” to believe that a crime of assault was committed and that the suspect was the one who committed it. An arrest, however is not a conviction. In order to prosecute a person for assault the state of Arizona and its prosecution must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a person’s conduct was purposefully intended; with knowledge; or recklessness harmed another person. This means that objective evidence will be needed. Such evidence can include consistent eye witness statements, photos, surveillance footage, DNA testing results and other material evidence.
Assault Lawyer for Defense Phoenix AZ
It is critical that you retain experienced legal representation if you face any type of assault crime. There may be defenses that you are not aware of that if used may lead to a partial or complete dismissal of charges, or reduction of sentencing. Every case has its own set of circumstances, for which certain defenses are effective. You should consult an attorney who defends assault charges on a regular basis, in the jurisdiction where you were arrested, to discuss you matter and defense options. They will advise you further if retained.