It’s never easy when you or a loved one are facing charges related to assault or violent crime, and it’s even harder when it’s largely due to a misunderstanding and/or was not a result of malicious intent. Violent offenders often face very harsh sentences when convicted in the state of Arizona, so it is highly important to seek out legal help early. After all, you don’t want to have your life or that of a loved one ruined due to poor or false evidence, mistaken identity, untruthful witnesses, prejudice, or even just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Understanding Arizona Violent Offense Law
While there are always exceptions, the majority of violent crimes in Arizona are tried and prosecuted as felonies. Crimes that are considered violent in Arizona are those that involve physical force, a weapon, bodily attacks, verbal threats– technically anything that is any form of violence. Some of these offenses may include child or spouse abuse (including domestic violence), kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, first degree burglary, sexual assault, manslaughter, murder (both first and second degree), vehicular manslaughter, endangerment, etc. Now, the specifics of your charges (or those filed against a loved one) will depend on the situation as well as those involved. While all assault and violent crimes are considered very serious in the state of Arizona, the exact severity of yours and the penalties that may follow will also be on a case by case basis. So, it is therefore wise to not make too many assumptions about what you can expect based on other violent crime cases you may have heard or read about.
To learn more in-depth details about violent offense laws in Arizona, it will also help to read up on the state’s Criminal Code statutes (Title 13). This can be found on the Arizona State Legislature’s website, azleg.gov.
Penalties for Assault and Violent Crime in Arizona
Just as there are a wide variety of charges that fall under Arizona’s assault and violent crime classifications, so too is there a wide variety of penalties that may apply. Unfortunately, however, milder alternatives to traditional punishment (jail time, etc.) such as community service hours are not typically offered to those who are considered violent offenders. Should you or your loved one be convicted, possible penalties include the following:
- Fines (keep in mind that these fines are often much heftier than those for simple misdemeanors)
- Incarceration (jail and/or prison time)
Now, it is important to remember that not only can a conviction result in one or more of the penalties above, but it can also seriously hinder one’s ability to get back into society and establish a normal, healthy life. Again, however, the exact penalties you or your loved one will face will depend on the specific case and may or may not be identical as the sentences given to those caught in similar situations.
If you haven’t done so already, there’s no better time than the present to obtain legal help. By enlisting the help of an attorney who is experienced in assault and violent crime defense, only then can you be sure that you’re getting the best chance possible at a lighter sentence or even avoiding a criminal record. If you are innocent and are wrongly accused, an experienced attorney is also your best option on the path to achieving justice.