Arrested for Assault? Get Phoenix Assault Attorney Ulises Ferragut
If you’ve been arrested on an assault charge, you’re going to want some legal help because this isn’t something to be taken lightly. We’d be sure you didn’t want this to happen, especially if you’re innocent or there’s extenuating circumstances. If you’re looking to explore your legal options, The Ferragut Law Firm in Phoenix will provide you with a free consultation and help guide you toward your best legal options for your assault defense case.
We’re known as the tough as nails fighting criminal defense attorney law firm in Arizona that does whatever is legally necessary to fight for client’s rights. This means your rights will be protected and we don’t let anything squeak by us that violates those rights. Mr. Ferragut personally handles every case himself, and that’s a promise.
Our criminal defense team has the experience, legal expertise and dedication that you want on your side. At The Ferragut Law Firm, our decades of experience in handling the most difficult criminal assault cases along with time serving as a judicial officer helps us know what to expect in assault cases. We also work with a diverse team of experts in the crimes field to help uncover all the evidence, while we work to get the most favorable outcome for our clients that are facing assault charges.
To get a free consultation with Mr. Ferragut, just call us today at 602-324-5300. We can help you uncover the circumstances in your case that can provide the best defense for you so you can get the best possible outcome.
What is an Assault Charge in Arizona?
In Arizona, assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Which one is charged depends upon the specific facts and circumstances of the charges. The criminal offense of assault is classified into two distinct types of offenses under Arizona law:
(1) misdemeanor assault, and
(2) felony assault also known as aggravated assault
Each of these types of assault can carry several potential types of penalties. They can range from probation and counseling to imprisonment and substantial fines.
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Aggravated Assault Definition & Penalties
You may be charged with felony assault in Arizona known as aggravated assault if an you engaged in conduct defined by A.R.S. 1203 (A)(1)-(A)(3) listed previously and any of the following apply:
- You allegedly caused serious physical injury
- Any dangerous instrument or lethal weapon was used in the incident
- Any temporary substantial disfigurement or temporary substantial impairment/loss of body organ or fracture occurred
- The alleged victim was restrained or the victim’s ability to resist became substantially impaired
- If you committed the alleged crime after entering another person’s home
- If you’re 18 or older and the alleged victim under 15
- If there was reason to know that the victim is a member of certain protected classes under specific circumstances including health care practitioners, public defenders, prosecutors, , municipal park rangers, code enforcement officers, law enforcement officers, firemen, or teachers
While this list includes many of the factors that can result in an assault offense being charged as a felony, the list is not exhaustive. Speak to an experienced Arizona assault attorney if you are cited with the felony charge because the law isn’t on your side if you’ve been arrested. Having a knowledgeable professional on your side is critical during this time.
The consequences of a felony assault conviction can have an impact that follows you long after you have fulfilled your term of incarceration.
Here are just some of the potential consequences:
- You may be disqualified from obtaining certain professional and occupational licenses
- Your public felony record can adversely affect job opportunities and promotions
- Any immigration status and benefits will be negatively impacted
- Your academic opportunities can become severely limited
- Your Constitutional rights will be lost, including the right to firearm ownership/possession
- You’ll suffer more severe penalties/charges for any subsequent legal infringements, no matter what type.
- You might not be able to get a bank account
- You might not be able to rent or buy a home
- Once you’ve been convicted of a felony in Arizona, you’re a felon for life.
Definition and Penalties for Misdemeanor Simple Assault under Arizona Law [A.R.S. 13-1203]
Whether you face a type of misdemeanor or felony assault offense, you can be subject to serious penalties because in Arizona, it’s considered a crime against a victim. Misdemeanor assault is also referred to as simple assault. It is committed knowingly or intentionally and is classified into three categories that carry different penalties under A.R.S. Section 13-1203 (A)(1) – (A)(3):
- A.R.S. 13-1203(A)(1) Causing any physical injury to another individual intentionally, knowingly or recklessly constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum of six months in county jail and a $2,500 fine.
- A.R.S. 13-1203(A)(2) Intentionally causing another person to experience reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury is a Class 2 misdemeanor that can result in a term of incarceration of up to four months and a $750 fine.
- A.R.S. 13-1203(A)(3) Knowingly touching another individual with the intent to injure or insult the other person is a Class 3 misdemeanor that can carry a sentence of thirty days in jail and a $500 fine.
Sentences for misdemeanor assault also can carry other penalties that include some or all of the following:
- Monetary restitution
- Anger management classes
- Other costs and fees
- Other penalties the court determines are appropriate
If you’ve been charged with either misdemeanor assault or felony assault in Arizona, you should know exactly what you’ve been charged with, what specifically occurred that caused those charges to be brought against you, and what the potential consequences of those charges can bring.
To help you, here’s a link to the Arizona Revised Statutes for assault. If you have been charged with either of these, your life is literally in jeopardy at this time. To help relieve that stress, it will greatly benefit you to find a Phoenix assault attorney that will provide you with a no-obligation free consultation as soon as possible. They can tell you what your legal options are and can help defend you in your case.
Defending Assault Charges in Arizona
If you’re being questioned by the police regarding a potentially life-changing charge of assault, we encourage you not speak to the police until you’ve had the opportunity to speak to a defense counselor or attorney. If the police insist you speak, you may need to respectfully remind them of your rights and assert your right to an assault lawyer.
A strong legal team will take many steps to build your defense case in response to your charges. Our criminal defense group here at the Ferragut Law Firm carefully investigates medical records, police reports, witness statements and other evidence so we can identify any potential holes in the prosecutor’s case. This includes any police misconduct and any and all other potential defenses, including any weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case no matter how big or small. Our defense strategy will be carefully tailored to the specific facts of your case.
Regardless of which assault type you’ve been charged with, we are fully equipped to handle the many tasks required to come up with your strongest defense. Your defense team here at the firm will:
* Gather all evidence
* Reveal any false testimonies
* Suppress evidence obtained illegally and
* Expose insufficient evidence.
Other potential prosecuting holes can include a lack of evidence, self-defense, defense of others, lack of intent, defense of property, and Miranda violations. Our end goal if at all possible is to obtain an acquittal or dismissal.
When this is not possible, we aggressively pursue the best possible plea agreement. This can include diversion and dismissal of the charges. Some jurisdictions will allow people to complete classes to help them both personally and possibly lessen their charges, provided the classes are completed as required.
To defend such strong charges against you, consider getting the strongest and most aggressive assault attorney Phoenix Arizona. We invite you to contact us today at 602-324-5300 at any time to schedule your free consultation with Ulises Ferragut, an extremely knowledgeable and experienced defense attorney.