In Arizona, an individual charged with assault faces the potential of fines as well as the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. The Ramos Law Firm has nearly 30 years of experience defending individuals who have been charged with a wide range of assault crimes.
Assault in Arizona
Under Arizona law, an assault charge can arise from an individual simply making threats of violence to actually inflicting bodily harm on someone. These are very serious criminal charges that include misdemeanor assault, aggravated assault, threatening or intimidating and endangerment.
Misdemeanor Assault (ARS § 13-1203)
A misdemeanor assault is also known as a “simple assault.” An individual who puts another person in fear of bodily harm, or touches another person with the intent of causing physical injury, or who causes any physical injury, can be charged with simple assault.
Aggravated Assault (ARS § 13-1204)
Aggravated assaults, far more serious than misdemeanor assaults, involve a wide range of “aggravating circumstances.” These circumstances include whether the assault:
- Results in “serious physical injury”
- Is committed with a deadly weapon
- Causes temporary but substantial disfigurement or fracture
- Involves the victim being restrained
- Is committed after entering someone's private home
- Is committed against a police officer, prison guard, firefighter, prosecutor, teacher, or medical professional
Threatening or Intimidating (ARS §13-1202)
An individual who threatens another person can also be charged with assault. Threatening bodily harm to another person or threatening to damage a person's property is considered a misdemeanor.
Endangerment (ARS §13-1201)
An individual who recklessly puts someone at risk of physical injury or death may be charged with endangerment. A risk of injury is considered a misdemeanor while a risk of “imminent death” is considered a felony.
Penalties for these crimes include fines and prison sentences depending on the circumstances and other factors like prior assault convictions and criminal history.
How the Ramos Law Firm Can Defend Your Assault Charge
As a Trial Attorney and Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Paul Ramos has extensive knowledge of the possible defenses against assault charges. These cases often depend on the testimony of eyewitnesses who may not be reliable so one possible defense could be mistaken identity. If an individual is being attacked by another person and fights back, he or she might be able to defeat the charge with a claim of self-defense. Regardless of the circumstances, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. If you are facing an assault charge in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or anywhere is Arizona, call the Ramos Law Firm today.