Aggravated Assault Charges
In Phoenix, Aggravated Assault charges arise from Assault as defined by A.R.S. §13-1203 in one of several circumstances deemed by the legislature as deserving more punishment than normal Assault.
Phoenix Aggravated Assault
The two most common circumstances where Aggravated Assault is charged against the defendant are:
- he/she cause the victim serious injury or disfigurement, or;
- he/she commits the assault using a potentially deadly or dangerous weapon to put the victim in fear of imminent physical harm. An example could be using a vehicle to intentionally injure someone else.
Assault on a Police Officer
If you assault a public servant such as a police officer, teacher, prosecutor, health care provider, or prison guard, you will likely be charged with felony aggravated assault.
Assault on a Child
If you are an adult and commit an assault on a child under the age of 15 years old, you will likely be facing aggravated assault charges.
Aggravated Assault Punishment
If you are facing aggravated assault charges in Phoenix, contact us. One of our experienced criminal defense attorneys would be happy to review your case and discuss the possible consequences. Possible sentences for people convicted of aggravated assault in Phoenix can vary greatly depending on the circumstances.
Common Sentences for Aggravated Assault
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument on a first offense class three (3) “dangerous” felony carries a sentence of (5) years minimum, seven and one half (7.5) presumptive, and fifteen (15) years maximum. If you have prior convictions, the sentence could be up to 25 years in prison. Other forms of aggravated assault carry similar punishments. So, if you are facing aggravated assault charges in Phoenix, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Give us a call now, the sooner we get involved in your case, the better your chances for a favorable outcome.
Punishment for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer in Arizona
If you are convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer in Arizona, you could be looking a minimum of 10.5 years in prison on your first offense. If you have priors, you could be facing up to 35 years in prison. Why gamble with your future on a public defender? Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys may be your best chance at freedom.
Aggravate Assault Defenses
There are several possible defenses for aggravated assault in Arizona. An experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney is your best resource if you want to know the possible defenses for your particular circumstances. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We can help you determine the best strategy for your case.
Self-Defense as a Defense
Self-defense is the most common defense used in aggravated assault cases. In many aggravated assault cases, the alleged victim was actually the original aggressor or acted in such a way to provoke the defendant. When an altercation breaks out, the victor often becomes the defendant especially if they were uninjured in the fight. When a man and a woman are the combatants, typically it is them who finds himself in custody for aggravated assault, even if the woman was the original aggressor.
Self-Defense Against a Police Officer
Altercations involving police officers often lead to aggravated assault charges in Phoenix. Cops are human too and they are just as capable of causing altercations as one else. In some cases, you may not know that you are dealing with a police officer. They may be undercover, off-duty or just in plain clothes. They may fail to properly identify themselves as a cop. If you can establish that you did not know it was a cop, you may be able to dodge the aggravated assault charge. One of our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you determine if this is a possible defense in your case. Give us a call for a free case evaluation.
There are many ways to get evidence that can help defend aggravated assault cases such as eyewitness accounts, a perfect alibi, or even security cameras. Most of the time, the alleged victim drops the charges. But there are times that the State can force the alleged victim to pursue the charges. In such cases, our criminal defense attorneys can convince the prosecutor to either dismiss the charges or plead to a lesser charge,
Our criminal defense attorneys would cite a broad range of range of defenses that can apply in your aggravated assault charge. Commonly used assertions are Miranda rights violations, invalid search warrant, or grave coercion and intimidation by the police to make you confess without the presence of your attorney. If you are charged with aggravated assault on a police officer in Phoenix, now is the time to contact our experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys.