If you have been charged with felony aggravated assault in the state of Arizona, you need to take your defense seriously. The ramifications of a conviction are life-changing and can affect your ability to gain employment or to own firearms while resulting in jail time and a criminal record. Since the penalties you will face depend on the circumstances of your case, retaining an experienced attorney can limit the financial impact on your life and reduce your sentence if you are convicted.
If you have brought harm or injury to another person, regardless of intent, you may be charged with assault under A.R.S 13-1204. Whether you will face misdemeanor or felony charges will depend on what happened and the degree to which you have harmed the other party. The following can be considered aggravated assault.
When being tried for aggravated assault, the burden of proof rests on the prosecution. This means that it is possible to be acquitted or have your sentence reduced if the prosecutor is unable to prove that you committed the offense beyond a reasonable doubt in the minds of a jury. Lacking an experienced criminal defense attorney can result in you receiving a more severe sentence than you would have otherwise.
There are five classes of aggravated assault, and each carries different sentences and fines. A Class 6 aggravated assault charge is considered minor while the most severe charge is a Class 2 aggravated assault charge. Following are each of these charges and the jail sentences you may face.
There are many factors that are considered when deciding what type of charges you face, along with the sentence that you face. Whether you have a history of criminal offenses can definitely work for or against you and the details of the victim play a part as well. You will face more severe penalties if the victim was a minor, a pregnant woman, or a public servant. Whether you used a weapon or not will also affect the type of charge you face.
The extent of the injuries is also considered. If the assault resulted in serious bodily harm or death, you will be facing a much more serious charge than if the victim’s injuries were minor and did not require hospitalization.
In the United States, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty of any crime. If you have been accused of a crime, it is important that you speak with an attorney before making any statements or admitting guilt. The representation you retain will have a marked impact on your case and the penalties you face.
Ryan Garvey Attorneys has the experience and record of success that you need if you have been charged with a crime. You should not delay when seeking legal representation in this sort of situation, so we invite you to arrange a free consultation today by calling 855-965-4522.
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