Anyone accused of any type of assault should have a Glendale assault attorney to prove his or her innocence or secure reduced sentencing if possible. Assault is a serious crime and the state of Arizona aggressively pursues criminal cases for all types of assault. Contact the Stewart Law Group today if you or a loved one needs legal representation to fight assault charges.
Defending Against Assault Charges
Two main defenses against an assault charge exist: mistaken identity and self-defense. The police may have arrested a suspect due to confusion with the subject’s description or other faults with the evidence in play. Additionally, Arizona upholds a Stand Your Ground law, which allows an individual to use physical force, even deadly force if necessary, against an immediate threat of harm from another person. If you face unjust or wrongful assault charges in Glendale, AZ, call the Stewart Law Group today to schedule a meeting with a criminal defense attorney.
Why Hire a Stewart Law Group Attorney?
- Our firm has helped thousands of clients defend against all types of criminal charges throughout Arizona.
- We understand the complex assault laws in Arizona and have handled various assault cases. We have specialists from vehicular aggravated assault attorneys, to simple assault, assault and battery, and aggravated assault lawyers.
- The attorneys at the Stewart Law Group are former prosecutors. We know how the prosecutor in an assault case will develop the charges against an accused individual.
- We take a client-focused approach to legal representation and believe that every case demands careful, individualized attention and the highest quality representation possible.
Is Hiring a Defense Attorney Necessary?
An individual arrested and charged for any type of assault may want to secure representation from a public defender to save money on legal fees However, most public defenders handle many cases at a time and despite their legal acumen simply cannot deliver the same degree of personalized attention that a private firm like the Stewart Law Group offers. Simply put, hiring a Glendale criminal defense attorney is the best way to protect your rights, future, and freedom after an arrest.
Assault charges can lead to jail time, probation, restitution, restraining orders, and the loss of professional licenses and some privileges. A criminal defense attorney will carefully review a prosecutor’s evidence and interpretation of the facts in the case to look for procedural errors, inconsistencies, and exonerating evidence to secure lighter sentencing or acquittal. If the prosecution offers any sort of plea bargain, the defendant’s attorney will help determine if accepting the offer would be in the defendant’s best interests.
Assault Conviction Penalties in Arizona
Arizona defines an assault as any threat of harm made against another person knowingly, intentionally, and/or recklessly. Assault charges often accompany other criminal charges like battery or may receive special designations such as “aggravated” under certain circumstances.
- Class 1 assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $2,500. This type of conviction requires proof of an intentional, knowing, and/or reckless act of assault that resulted in physical injury to another person.
- Class 2 assault is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and fines up to $750. This type of conviction requires proof that the accused placed the victim in immediate danger or threat of bodily harm.
- Class 3 assault is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $500. This type of conviction does not require proof of actual harm, but rather proof that the accused touched or provoked the victim with the intent of causing harm.
- Aggravated assault can lead to Class 2 to Class 5 felony charges. A first offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and any offense classified as “dangerous” qualifies for mandatory jail time. Assault qualifies as aggravated assault when the accused causes severe bodily injuries or disfigurement to the victim, uses a deadly weapon or instrument during an assault, or commits an assault against a public official or civil servant like a prosecutor, law enforcement officer, prison guard, or hospital staff member.