Have you been arrested for assault and battery in Glendale, AZ? While simple assault is a misdemeanor, the penalties for conviction can still be serious. You face jail time, a conviction for a violent crime, and hefty fines. It may also come with consequences that affect your job, relationships, and child custody or divorce.
For more than 33 years, Orent Law Offices has represented residents of Maricopa County charged with assault and other violent offenses. Contact our law firm for a free consultation with a Glendale assault charge lawyer who will give you the vigorous legal defense you deserve.
Assault is a common criminal charge in Glendale, but that does not mean you take it lightly. Assault charges may come with jail time and a permanent criminal record. You deserve a Glendale criminal defense attorney who will help you fight for your good name and freedom.
Orent Law Offices has represented Glendale, Arizona residents facing criminal charges for more than three decades. Founding attorney Craig Orent is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and Certified Criminal Law Specialist. He has also represented clients facing federal charges with the Federal Public Defender’s Office.
When you choose Orent Law Offices to represent you in your assault case, you can count on our law office to:
You deserve a robust legal defense to fight the assault charge you are facing. Contact Orent Law Offices for a free case review with a Glendale assault charge lawyer ready to fight for you.
Assault is one of the most common violent crimes committed and charged in Glendale, Arizona.
Under ARS §13-1203, assault is a crime committed by doing any of the following:
Most people think of a conventional fight as misdemeanor assault. However, you do not need to actually be involved in a fight or cause injury to be charged with assault under Arizona assault laws.
Assault can involve anything from throwing an object at someone (without harming them), poking someone aggressively in the chest, or punching someone.
Simple assault in Arizona is a misdemeanor.
It may be Class 1, 2, or 3 misdemeanor depending on the circumstances:
Assault can be enhanced to aggravated assault under ARS §13-1204.
This crime is committed when there are aggravating factors in the assault, such as:
When assault is committed against a current or former spouse, dating partner, or roommate, you may face a domestic violence charge. This can increase penalties of an assault charge.
Threatening or intimidating under ARS §13-1202 is similar to assault. This offense is committed if you threaten or intimidate someone through conduct or word and:
In some cases, seemingly minor changes in circumstances can change a crime from simple assault to criminal threats and intimidation. Unlike assault, threatening and intimidating can be a wobbler. Misdemeanor or felony charges are possible.
The penalties for misdemeanor assault depend on the misdemeanor class and your criminal record. You may face the following penalties for simple assault conviction.
Class 1 misdemeanor assault penalties include:
Class 2 misdemeanor assault penalties include:
Class 3 misdemeanor assault penalties include:
If you have no criminal record of violent crimes, you may be eligible for a diversion program in Arizona. In this case, the assault charge can be dropped if you successfully complete certain classes, such as anger management.
If a domestic violence designation is added to an assault charge, the penalties can be enhanced. There may be a longer sentence, a mandatory minimum sentence, and probation restrictions. You may also face a protective order that prohibits you from returning to a home with the alleged victim and mandatory domestic violence classes.
Depending on the circumstances, you may have many defense strategies available. The following are some of the most common defenses that may be raised in criminal cases involving assault:
The prosecution has the burden of proving you committed all elements of assault beyond a reasonable doubt. Many assault cases are built around allegations, witness statements, and/or injuries. Even injuries may not be sufficient proof if the victim was the aggressor or less injured in a fight.
In addition to arguing that the prosecution has failed to meet the burden of proof, your Glendale assault defense lawyer at Orent Law Offices will investigate if your rights were violated. You may have been denied counsel, coerced into making self-incriminatory remarks, not read your rights, or the victim of illegal search and seizure. We will fight to have evidence suppressed if it was obtained through the violation of a constitutional right.
Assault cases are one of the most common violent crime charges filed in Glendale, Arizona. Do not assume that a conviction is minor simply because it is a misdemeanor instead of a felony. You still face a loss of freedom, high fines, and a permanent criminal record. A violent crime conviction can also carry repercussions if you are ever arrested again.
Contact Orent Law Offices today to schedule a free case review with a Glendale assault defense attorney who will fight for your rights and freedom.