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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 but prosecutors take any such charges very seriously.

Assault occurs when a defendant allegedly 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 and does not require proof of actual violence.

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.

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.

Assault may also be increased to a felony crime if there are aggravating factors involved with the crime. The use of a deadly weapon, assaulting a minor or assaulting an officer of the state can all be factors to increase a simply misdemeanor assault charge to a felony aggravated assault charge. Aggravated assault in Arizona carries a sentence of up to five years in prison among other consequences.

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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