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If you have been accused of violent crime in Arizona, get in touch with a Phoenix violent crimes attorney. 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 violent crime. However, it is different when you are accused of a violent crime and are facing years in prison.

Accused of a Violent Crime? Talk to a Top Violent Crimes Lawyer in Phoenix

Keep in mind that an arrest does not equal a conviction. Contact an experienced Phoenix violent crime attorney today who can help maneuver you through the complex Arizona criminal laws. Violent crimes attorney, Craig Orent, has over 30 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. If you have been accused of violent crime in Arizona, do not hesitate to contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney at Orent Law Offices.

Types of Violent Crime We Defend Against in Phoenix, Arizona

The Arizona legislature lists violent crimes as those which involve force or even the threatened use of force.

Penalties for those convicted of committing a violent crime often include mandatory prison sentences. This means that anyone facing a violent crime charge in Arizona needs to take the steps necessary to protect themselves. A skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will understand what you are facing and will work to defend you vigorously.

Violent crimes in Arizona include a range of criminal activities, including:

  • Kidnapping
  • Felony assault
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Arson
  • Robbery and armed robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • First-degree burglary
  • Threatening or intimidation

Depending on the circumstances or enhancements surrounding these crimes, a person in Arizona could face a range of possible jail or prison sentences. It depends on whether they are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony and at what level.

Below, you will see the range of consequences for each level of Arizona crime in terms of prison/jail time:

Felony Classes in Arizona

  • Class 1 felony: 25 years to life in prison (the death penalty is possible in cases of first-degree murder)
  • Class 2 felony: 5 years
  • Class 3 felony: 3.5 years
  • Class 4 felony: 2.5 years
  • Class 5 felony: 1.5 years
  • Class 6 felony: 1 year

Upon being found guilty of a felony, there will be discretion available to the judge when it comes to final sentencing. The above numbers are simply the presumed sentence assigned to the conviction. A felony conviction results in time in state prison, not local jail. This is generally going to be what we call “hard time.”

  • Anyone with previous convictions on their record will likely face more severe punishments.

Misdemeanor Classes in Arizona

  • Class 1 misdemeanor: 6 months
  • Class 2 misdemeanor: 4 months
  • Class 3 misdemeanor: 30 days

Additional penalties that many people do not think about

The penalties facing a person convicted of violent crime not only include time in prison. They can also include the following:

  • Significant periods of probation after a sentence is completed*
  • Fines attached to each type of crime as penalties
  • Paying restitution to the victim(s)
  • Community service requirements
  • Anger management classes

You will also be facing a lifetime criminal record that reflects your guilty verdict (even misdemeanors stay on your criminal record). This can make it difficult to get a job, rent a house or apartment, and go to school.

*Those sentenced to probation instead of or after a prison sentence face harsh limits on their activities. It is incredibly easy to violate terms of probation. If possible, it is in your best interest to negotiate a sentence without probation attached.

Will a plea deal reduce the penalties?

Many cases are settled out of court through a plea deal. In many cases, prosecutors of violent crimes choose not to offer a plea deal and instead opt to take the case to trial. If a plea deal is available for an Arizona violent crime, it will likely still include a combination of prison time and probation. A skilled Arizona criminal defense attorney will be able to help sort through all of your options.

Please remember that a violent crime accusation is just that – an accusation. The violent crimes lawyers at Orent Law Firm will bring over 30 years of experience to your case in an effort to get the charges against you significantly reduced or dismissed altogether.

Felony vs. Misdemeanor Violent Crime Offenses

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 has 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 Phoenix weapon charges attorney is necessary to present your argument.

Violent Crime in Phoenix, AZ

The violent crime rate has tripled since 1960, and now reaches close to 9,261 violent crimes per year in Phoenix. The national violent crime median is 3.8, and Phoenix exceeds the national level by a rate of 5.93 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

Several crimes involve solely the use of violence, such as the following:

Contact a skilled Phoenix violent crimes lawyer today to assist you in building a defense case against violent crime accusations.