According to Arizona state law, assault is defined as intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; or intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person. If a deadly weapon is used or other crimes, such as robbery, are involved, the charge may be elevated to aggravated assault, which would enhance the penalties of a conviction. Thus, in Arizona an assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Also, many domestic violence incidents involve an assault charge.
In assault cases, we understand that a criminal charge can impact your personal life, future, freedom, and livelihood, which is why we recommend that you retain our criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest. Time is of the essence in criminal matters. We start negotiating with the State and investigating the facts, as soon as we are retained.
If convicted of assault, you may face any of the following legal consequences:
With the possibility of facing so many consequences if you are charged with and convicted of a crime, our Tempe and Scottsdale criminal defense lawyers know how important it is to investigate every aspect of your specific assault charges in order to minimize your liability. Ultimately, our goal is to obtain a dismissal of any criminal charges against you. If that is not possible, we will advocate for lesser charges or reduced penalties. No matter what, we listen to your concerns because your side of the story matters to us.
With more than a decade of law enforcement experience before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Reque has a unique view on police procedures that can be crucial in successfully handling your case.
Contact our firm in Tempe or Scottsdale today at 602.334.4939 or 602.559.4383 to schedule a free consultation where we will sit down with you directly to discuss your charges and the strategies we can take to defend you.