The outdoors is a risky place. You will never know who or what you’ll encounter at any given time. There are times when some unfortunate people encounter others whose intent is to commit a serious crime towards them, causing very serious bodily harm confident that they can do the crime without a problem. However, some people falsely accuse someone of being an assailant, probably due to personal reasons or mistaken identity. If you are falsely accused of a crime of assault, a criminal defense lawyer would be able to defend you.
It happens when an assailant assaults another person with a weapon, causing serious bodily injury or injuries. Intentionally attacking someone with the motive of committing a serious crime like robbery or rape is also considered an assault. In some cases, if a statute regarding a relationship between the victim and the perpetrator exists (e.g. some territories who have statutes that protect clients from their service providers like a nurse to a patient) and was violated due to an attack towards a party, it is also considered as such.
From verbal threats to minor injuries and physical contact, simple assault is classified as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are punishable with small penalties or fines, or a mandatory minimum jail time. On the other hand, aggravated assault cases are classified as felonies and are punishable by imprisonment for a significant amount of time.
There are instances where a crime is considered as such. The following are common assault cases that fall under this category:
In Arizona, some scenarios are also considered as aggravated assault or multiple cases thereof. Here are some of them:
If you are charged with assault, the prosecution must prove that you did assault the complainant and that the assault you did was aggravated. All types of aggravated assault charges including those mentioned above are still classified to other felony classes depending on their severity. Aggravated assault under any of the following circumstance have specific felony classifications:
Like what was mentioned, cases that are considered a felony have a punishment depending on the severity of the crime. If you are proven to be guilty of an assault charge, here are some of the possible things that you may face:
It could restrict your movements after your conviction, even when you’ve proved you’ve turned over a new leaf. Changes in the way you travel within and outside of the country, purchasing rights of some items including firearms in general, even in securing a job will be evident. As such, working with a reliable criminal defense attorney in Arizona early on is beneficial to address allegations of criminal charges.
Wrongly being accused of being involved in a case of aggravated assault? Criminal defense attorneys would be beneficial in helping you prove your innocence and Snader Law Group can help you with that. Contact our Phoenix criminal lawyer and have your case evaluated for free.