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In the state of Arizona, an aggravated assault is considered a Class 3 or Class 4 felony. There are several circumstances that can elevate a simple assault to the level of aggravated assault, including:
- Serious physical injury or disfigurement occurred to another person (this can include using an automobile to cause these severe injuries).
- Committing an assault on anyone in law enforcement, a teacher, firefighter, prosecutor, health care provider, or prison guard.
- Any person over the age of 18 committing a simple assault or misdemeanor on a child younger than 15 years of age.
- Using a deadly weapon such as a gun or a knife to place someone in immediate and imminent fear of serious bodily harm.
- The assault occurred against a person who was restrained.
- The assault occurred after entering a private residence of a victim.
Additional circumstances that will impact the length or severity of your sentence will include any past criminal history, and how severe the assault was in this case. Other instances such as causing a public inconvenience such as making a phone call or statement that causes a building evacuation can also be considered an assault. Finally, even just intimidating words or threatening actions can be considered an assault and can result in arrest, charges, and a possible conviction.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
Assault charges are a serious matter, and your permanent record and even freedom can be seriously affected. Arja Shah is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix, AZ who can review your assault case, and explain your options to you. She can fight for your rights, and provide you with strong representation in your criminal case. Contact Arja Shah today by calling (602) 888-0369 or by sending a message through the firm’s request form today.