Violent crimes have become part of life in most major cities including Phoenix, and most citizens do not bat an eye at hearing the newest news story about a violent crime. The violent crime rate has tripled since 1960, and now reaches close to 30,000 violent crimes reported each year. However, it is different when you are accused of a violent crime and are facing years in prison. If you have been accused of a violent crime in Arizona, keep in mind that an arrest does not equal a conviction. Contact an experienced Phoenix violent crimes attorney today who can help maneuver you through the complex Arizona criminal laws.
The Arizona legislature lists violent crimes as those which involve force or even the threatened use of force. Several crimes involve solely the use of violence, such as the following:
Several crimes, such as robbery or kidnapping involve violence in addition to another offense.
Arizona defines punishment ranges for criminal offenses based on the circumstances of the offense. For example, a crime is considered dangerous and has a heightened punishment if the crime involves a weapon or personal injury. Even if the weapon is not used, the mere presence of the weapon indicates a potential threat of deadly force. If death does not occur, a person accused of a violent crime faces anywhere from a Class 6 felony to a Class 2 felony. If no injury occurred, the defendant will be charged with a Class 6 felony violent charge. However, if death occurred during the crime, punishment can range from a Class 4 felony to first-degree murder.
Misdemeanor offenses can also be violent crimes, such as assault and unlawful imprisonment. While the offenses are not separated into dangerous and non-dangerous crimes like felony convictions are, each misdemeanor offense for a violent crime may lead to jail time. Arizona has begun to crack down even harder on violent crimes after a rash of gun-related crimes have left the state in an uncertain limbo. The rates of violent crimes in Arizona are not far off from average U.S. rates, but the number of deaths resulting from violent crimes is far from average, causing concern throughout the community. Arizona has had 3,000 deaths at the result of violent gun crimes in the last 9 years, with an average of 6 gun murders per 100,000 residents, greater than the national average of 4 gun murders per 100,000 residents. As a result, this has affected the ability to present a fair case, and therefore a seasoned criminal defense attorney is necessary to present your argument.
If you have been accused of a violent crime in Arizona, do not hesitate to contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney at Orent Law Offices. Phoenix violent crimes attorney Craig Orent has over 25 years of experience in handling criminal defense cases and understands the heightened charges that can occur as the result of a violent or dangerous crime. He will work tirelessly to research all the facts of your case and come up with a unique defense strategy.