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Assault charges are taken seriously by the Arizona court system. Whether an incident was a momentary lapse in your usual character or an argument that got out of control despite your best efforts, you could face severe penalties if convicted.

To avoid potential fines, reputation damage, or even jail time, do not hesitate to call an experienced criminal defense attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group. The sooner you reach out, the more time we have to formulate a defense and protect your freedoms. If you were involved in a recent altercation, call a hardworking Chandler assault lawyer today. En Español

THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF ASSAULT

Assault occurs when one person intentionally harms or threatens to harm another person. An assault can be a shove, push, slap, or anything that makes the other person fear for their safety. If a person’s actions cause serious injury to another, simple assault charges can become aggravated felonies.

Aggravated assaults could involve various actions, such as:

  • Choking and leaving bruises on someone’s neck
  • Kicking and beating someone with fists or a weapon
  • Breaking bones
  • Shooting someone
  • Breaking into a person’s home and threatening harm while pointing a gun at them

Regardless of the alleged actions that led to an assault arrest, it is crucial to talk to a seasoned Chandler attorney as soon as possible.

MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT CHARGES

When someone is arrested for misdemeanor assault, they may face Class 1, 2, or 3 charges.

ARRESTED FOR CLASS 1 ASSAULT

Class 1 occurs when a person intentionally, recklessly, or knowingly inflicts physical injury on another. This can lead to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 upon conviction.

ARRESTED FOR CLASS 2 ASSAULT

Class 2 occurs when one person intentionally puts another in a position where they feel harm is imminent. The maximum jail sentence is four months with a fine of up to $750.

ARRESTED FOR CLASS 3 ASSAULT

Class 3 misdemeanors occur when someone knowingly touches another to provoke or injure them, although no injuries are required for this charge. A convicted person may spend up to 30 days in jail and be fined up to $500.

After an assault arrest in Chandler, it is crucial to discuss the charges with a knowledgeable lawyer who can explain the potential penalties and available defenses.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ARRESTS IN CHANDLER

Aggravated assault charges range from Class 6, the least restrictive, to Class 2, the most severe. A.R.S. Sec. 13-704 details the sentencing guidelines for first-time and repeat offenders. Judges consider many factors— “mitigating” if they favor defendants and “aggravating” if they disfavor them—to determine sentences within a range. Committing a dangerous offense is an aggravating factor. A dangerous offense is one that involves deadly weapons, involves dangerous instruments, or is intentionally or knowingly committed to cause serious injury.

An arrest for a first-time Class 6 dangerous felony can come with a 1.5 to 3-year prison term upon conviction. First-time Class 2 dangerous felony charges come with a 7 to 21-year prison term.

Class 6 felony charges for a defendant with one prior conviction come with a 3 to 4.5-year prison term for dangerous offenses. A second-time Class 2 felony can lead to a prison term of 14 to 28 years for dangerous offenses. Third and subsequent Class 2 felonies raise the maximum sentence to 35 years for dangerous offenses. Because of the gravity of these charges, it is critical to contact a skilled lawyer at our firm immediately after an assault arrest.

MISDEMEANOR VERSUS AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN ARIZONA

According to Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1203, assault is defined as knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly inflicting physical injury on another person. This charge could also be brought for intentionally placing another individual in a dangerous or hazardous situation, or knowingly touching someone with the intention of insulting, provoking, or injuring them.

Aggravated assault in Arizona involves serious physical harm, such as injury using a dangerous weapon. A.R.S. §13-1204 also defines aggravated assault as entering private residences with the intention of harming and injuring a physically restrained individual. Adults over the age of 18 who intentionally harm minors aged 15 or younger may also face aggravated assault charges, as do individuals who harm the following service persons:

  • Teachers
  • Medical professionals
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Correctional officers
  • Prosecutors
  • Public defenders
  • Judicial officers
  • Municipal and state park rangers
  • Peace officers

TYPES OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES

When facing any degree of assault charges, one’s actions may be classified as intentional, knowing, or reckless. This classification often has a significant impact on the case’s outcome.

If the case is deemed “intentional,” the defendant is accused of engaging in conduct that involves premeditated harm or physical injury. An assault charge classified as “knowing” means the defendant knew or was aware that their conduct could cause harm. A “reckless” classification means the defendant was aware of the serious and unjustified risk to another person but consciously dismissed that risk.

DEGREES OF ASSAULT AND PENALTIES

Assault convictions fall into class 1, 2, and 3 misdemeanor categories, with fines ranging from $500 to $2,500 depending on the case. A jail sentence of 30 days, four months, or six months accompanies convictions for class 3, 2, and 1 misdemeanors, respectively.

Unlike misdemeanor charges, aggravated assault is a class 2 to class 5 felony depending on the case. Penalties can include up to 15 years in prison. Although any assault accusation should be taken seriously, those facing aggravated charges in Chandler should immediately contact a persistent Chandler attorney for a rigorous legal defense.

HOW DOES AN ASSAULT INVESTIGATION TYPICALLY BEGIN?

In some cases, law enforcement authorities begin investigating an alleged assault following an arrest at the scene of the incident—for example, if someone is taken into custody after an officer responds to a domestic dispute. More often, though, assault investigations in Chandler and around Arizona begin when someone contacts the police and reports that they have been assaulted.

Depending on whether the officer receiving the report believes the alleged offense was a misdemeanor or a felony, they may or may not issue a warrant for the accused’s arrest. Alternatively, they may pass the case along to other law enforcement authorities to perform an in-depth investigation of the matter. However, just because law enforcement initially refrains from investigating an assault report does not necessarily mean they will never open an investigation, especially if they receive similar reports about the same person later on.

COLLECTING EVIDENCE AND ESTABLISHING PROBABLE CAUSE

The primary purpose of any criminal investigation, including those built around allegations of assault in Chandler, is to establish whether there is “probable cause” to issue a warrant for the accused’s arrest. Investigators may seek out and preserve various forms of evidence in their pursuit of this outcome, including:

  • Multiple rounds of interviews with each involved party, as well as any eyewitnesses to the incident and sometimes friends and family members of the involved parties
  • Physical evidence, like torn or bloody clothing
  • Reports from healthcare providers about any injuries sustained by anyone involved
  • Surveillance camera footage
  • Social media photos or posts to establish where specific people were during the alleged assault

Anything that a person under investigation for assault says during the process can be used as evidence in support of the investigators’ conclusion, whether that conclusion is to get a warrant or to drop the case altogether. This is why retaining a skilled Chandler attorney early in the assault investigation process is vital to protecting an accused person’s rights.

Being accused of assaulting another person can be immensely disruptive to every part of your life. That disruption often starts from the moment law enforcement begins looking into the allegation against you. While investigations do not always lead to criminal charges being filed, what you say and do during the investigation can significantly impact how your case proceeds and what outcome it ultimately has for you.

Anyone under investigation for allegedly assaulting another person should take the matter seriously. Even a misdemeanor assault conviction could lead to serious personal and professional consequences on top of fines and jail time, and a single felony conviction could permanently alter the course of your life.

If you are dealing with an assault investigation in Chandler, speaking with skilled legal counsel should be a top priority. Schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team by calling Grand Canyon Law Group today.

REACH OUT TO AN EXPERIENCED CHANDLER ASSAULT LAWYER TODAY

Assault arrests in Chandler should not be taken lightly. Even a misdemeanor can mean jail time and fines upon conviction, as well as anger management or other counseling. The most severe aggravated felony charges could land you in prison for decades. You need competent legal assistance to battle the charges.

The sooner you consult our lawyers after your arrest, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights and working to get the charges dismissed. The legal team at Grand Canyon Law Group is made up of skilled negotiators familiar with the criminal justice system. We know what the prosecutors and judges look for when considering charges or determining sentences. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for you.

Regardless of the circumstances that lead to a physical altercation or threat, your first priority should be to call a skilled attorney. The former prosecutors at Grand Canyon Law Group understand how to create a strong defense to show the judge or jury that your actions were unintentional, in self-defense, or otherwise out of your control.

If you face these types of criminal charges, contact a Chandler assault lawyer today. Call our firm to discuss your legal options and protect your future.

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