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As with any criminal matter, a conviction for assault can result in serious penalties that may alter your entire life, including a mark on your criminal record that can impact your ability to gain employment.

In the state of Arizona, per A.R.S. §13-1203 “Assault,” occurs when a person either intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes any physical injury to another person; knowingly touches another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke; or intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

Normally, any type of red mark or scratch can qualify as an “injury” under this statute. If the incident involves two (2) people who live together, were romantically involved, or who are somehow related, then this is “Domestic Violence” charged under A.R.S. §13-3601 “Domestic Violence Assault.” The Domestic Violence designation carries some serious ramifications in addition to the standard punishment. For instance, you can no longer carry a firearm if a Domestic Violence conviction is on your record. This could cost a police officer, security guard, or military person their job.

These are the penalties for assault in Arizona:

  •  Misdemeanor assault:
    •  Class 1 misdemeanor: max. 6 months in jail, $2,500 fine
    •  Class 2 misdemeanor: max. 4 months in jail, $750 fine
  •  Aggravated assault:
    •  1st offense: 5-15 years in prison
    •  2nd offense: 10-20 years in prison
    •  3rd offense: 15-25 years in prison

Assault charges are serious. You should have equally serious legal counsel on your side, someone who is wholeheartedly dedicated to defending your rights. Sonoran Law Group understands the various tactics the prosecution takes when approaching these cases and the evidence they look for when seeking conviction. We have handled many of these cases, and have reached countless successful results. Allow us to do the same for you.

At Sonoran Law Group, our goal is to help you avoid these harsh penalties and to see you through to a positive future. Regardless of how complex your case may seem, you can trust that our expert criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge and experience to challenge specific evidence brought forth against you.