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Assault Charges in AZ

The state of Arizona is known for its strict criminal laws on violent crime. Assault is one of the most frequently charged crimes of violence and carries harsh penalties for those convicted. There are different levels of assault charges depending on the alleged victim and the nature of the alleged assault.


Contact the professionals at Sutton Law, P.C. if you are facing assault charges in Arizona. Schedule a consultation with a Casa Grande assault crimes lawyer.


What is Assault?

Assault occurs when a person intentionally attempts to inflict harm upon another person. The key component to an assault charge is that one can be convicted of the crime even if no actual harm befell the alleged victim. The charge is simply limited to the threat of violence.

Assault vs Battery

Assault is often coupled with its counterpart, battery, which refers to the actual intentionally infliction of bodily harm upon the victim. A simple assault charge is typically processed as a misdemeanor crime ranging from class 3 to class 1, which is the most serious misdemeanor assault charge.

Types of Assault Charges in Arizona

Examples of actions that may constitute misdemeanor assault charges include:

  • Class 3 misdemeanor: Defendant knowingly touched another person with the intention of injuring or harming them.
  • Class 2 misdemeanor: Defendant knowingly and intentionally placed another person within reasonable risk of bodily harm. This charge does not require physical touch and simply requires proof that the victim feared serious harm at the time that the assault took place.
  • Class 1 misdemeanor: Defendant knowingly, intentionally or recklessly caused another person to sustain bodily harm. The alleged injury can be as minor as a slight bruise in order to constitute a charge.

What is Aggravated Assault

In Arizona, aggravated assault is a serious criminal offense that involves intentionally causing physical harm to another person while also involving certain aggravating factors. Aggravated assault is governed by the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Section 13-1204.

According to Arizona law, aggravated assault occurs when a person commits an assault (intentionally causing physical injury or placing someone in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury) and one or more of the following circumstances apply:

  1. Serious Physical Injury: The assault results in serious physical injury to the victim. Serious physical injuries create a substantial risk of death, cause permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of an organ or body part, or result in prolonged physical pain or impairment.
  2. Use of a Deadly Weapon or Dangerous Instrument: The assault involves using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. A deadly weapon is an object that is designed for lethal use or can cause serious bodily injury. A dangerous instrument is any object, substance, or instrument that can be used in a manner likely to cause serious bodily injury.
  3. Assault on a Protected Individual: The assault is committed against certain protected individuals, such as police officers, firefighters, teachers, healthcare providers, public defenders, and others who perform public duties.
  4. Assault in the Presence of a Minor: The assault is committed in the presence of a minor under 15 unrelated to the defendant.

Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

Aggravated assault is generally classified as a felony offense in Arizona. The severity of the offense depends on the specific circumstances and can range from a Class 6 felony to a Class 2 felony. The penalties for aggravated assault may include:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Restitution to the victim

It's important to consult with a qualified Casa Grande assault crimes lawyer for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding aggravated assault or any other legal matter.


If you are facing an assault charge in the state of Arizona, you need a Casa Grande attorney who can defend you. Contact our office today and learn more about how we want to be your advocate and fight for you in court.


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