Arizona

Under Arizona criminal law (revised statues), assault charges range from misdemeanor assault to felony aggravated assault. The statutes for assault also include charges for endangerment and threatening.

Misdemeanor Assault

A misdemeanor charge of assault can result from:

  1. physically injuring another person,
  2. intentionally placing another person in “reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury”, or
  3. touching another person with them intent to injure, insult or provoke.

Any actual physical injury (#1) will result in a Class 1 misdemeanor charge for assault. A Class 1 misdemeanor has a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a $2500 fine.

The threat of injury (#2) will result in a Class 2 misdemeanor charge for assault. A Class 2 misdemeanor has a maximum sentence of 4 months in jail and a $750 fine.

Touching with intent to injur or provoke (#3) will result in a Class 2 misdemeanor charge for assault. A Class 3 misdemeanor has a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Assault is a felony charge

Aggravating factors that may may an assault offense an aggravated assault include:

  • any assault that results in a “serious physical injury”
  • causes temporary but substantial disfigurement or fracture
  • an assault using  a deadly weapon
  • if the victim is restrained or captive
  • if the perpetrator is an adult, and the victim is a child 15 years old or younger.
  • is committed after entering the private home of someone
  • if the victim is a police officer, prison guard, firefighter, prosecutor, teacher, or medical professional.

An aggravated assault charge is a Class 3 Felony. Under Arizona law, a class 3 felony offense carries with it a penalty of 5-15 years in prison for a dangerous offense, for which an aggravated assault qualifies.

Second offense aggravated assault charges increase the severity to a possible prison sentence of 10-20 years.

Aggravated factors in under Arizona laws are extremely complicated. Please contact an attorney for a full understanding of the exact penalties you could be facing if found guilty of Aggravated Assault charges in Arizona.

ARS 13-1204 Aggravated Assault Statutes

Threatening / Intimidating Laws & Penalties

Threatening or intimidating word or conduct of a nature threatening to cause physical injury or property damage is a criminal offense.

Threatening laws also apply when causing serious public inconvenience, including action that causes evacuation of a public place or building.

Threatening or intimidating s a Class 1 misdemeanor offense.

Threatening a witness to a crime, or of the person threatening  is a gang member, or acting as part of a criminal enterprise make the charge a Class 3 Felony offense.

ARS 13-1202 Threatening or Intimidation Statutes

Endangerment Laws & Penalties

Endangerment, or reckless endangerment is any behavior that creates a significant theat of physical harm by careless, reckless, or negligent action.

It is similar to an assault charge, but is not a willful of deliberate threat of harm.

An Arizona Endangerment Charge is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $2500 fine.

It is a Reckless Endangerment charge if the action causes a “substantial risk of immanent death”. A Reckless Endangerment Offense in Arizona is a Class 6 Felony.

A Class 6 felony offense carries with it a presumptive sentence of 1 year in prison (maximum 1 1/2 years).

ARS 13-1201 Endangerment Statutes

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