Aggravated assault consequences in Arizona are serious. It carries a felony charge that renders harsh sentencing if convicted in the state of Arizona. Before examining the litany of aggravated assault consequences, it is first necessary to understand how aggravated assault is defined and determined. A common misconception is that it is classified by a specific type of assault. Assault is defined as “the crime of attempting or threatening to do serious bodily harm to another person, or to cause that person to fear bodily harm.” However, aggravated assault is assessed by the severity of the crime and is determined by examining the totality of circumstances surrounding the assault.
Most states classify assaults as either simple or aggravated. Simple assault is commonly recognized as an attempt or threat to injure another person without actually striking them or causing bodily harm. Aggravated assault, however, occurs when the crime is escalated by use of a weapon or takes place in certain circumstances. Many states classify aggravated assaults by citing four different degrees. Examples of aggravated assault range from striking or threatening another person with a weapon or other dangerous object and causing serious injury, to pointing a gun at an individual, or threating to kill an individual with a gun.
Aggravated assault charges in Arizona are taken very seriously. Specifically, a person may be found guilty of felony assault or aggravated assault if they:
Aggravated assault consequences can yield a longstanding impact on one’s personal and professional lives. In many cases, the consequences have a drastic effect on earning potential, employment opportunities, and family dynamic. Some of the most severe consequences include:
In the state of Arizona, all felony assault charges carry prison sentencing if convicted in Arizona. The length of the sentence is determined by the nature of the crime. Extended prison time means losing exposure to family, friends, and loved ones, making it hard to maintain bonds and relationships.
Aggravated assault consequences often include fines and fees of up to $10,000. Also, the charged may be ordered to pay restitution or monetary amends to the victim in an amount determined by the court. These staggering fees often take years to pay off, making it challenging to meet necessary financial obligations related to housing, utilities, and food.
A felony assault charge results in having a permanent criminal record, an automatic disqualifier when pursuing employment. A criminal record permanently limits the economic opportunities and earning potential that individual has once a conviction is made.
In addition to the above consequences, convicted felons cannot vote, serve on a jury, or own a firearm.
Aggravated assault is not taken lightly in Arizona. If you face aggravated felony assault charges, it is prudent that you contact our law offices today at (602) 833-1072 to discuss how I can best help you protect your rights.