Assault

Phoenix Assault Attorney

Explaining Assault Charges & Your Rights

Assault is the criminal act of threatening violence or using violence towards another person. Assault is a violent crime that can be physical, verbal, or sexual in nature. When a person commits assault with a weapon, it is considered an act of aggravated assault, which is a more serious offense than simple assault. A person can also be charged with aggravated assault if the victim suffered extensive bodily injury or death. Assault is a very serious criminal offense that will be thoroughly prosecuted. If you have been charged with physical assault, sexual assault, verbal assault, or physical assault, a highly experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney from our firm can be key to protecting your rights and helping you avoid a criminal conviction.

ARS Title 13, Chapter 12

Arizona's criminal laws concerning assault can be found in Chapter 12 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, Criminal Code with the exception of sexual assault, which is found in Chapter 14 of the codes under the sexual offenses section. According to the statutes,

A. A person commits assault by: knowingly causing harm to another, causing another to fear physical harm, or touching another with the intent to cause harm or provocation.

There is no distinction between assault and battery in Arizona. According to the statutes, assault is intentionally causing physical injury to another person as well as threatening physical injury. This is the criminal offense of simple assault, but the statutes also go on to further define assault. Aggravated assault involves assault or attempted assault with a deadly weapon, a car, assaulting someone after breaking into their home, etc. View § 13-1204 to learn all the acts that could constitute aggravated assault.

Penalties for Assault

Assault is crime that is both physically and emotionally damaging to the victim. Not only has the victim’s body been violated, but he or she is also likely to suffer psychological trauma as a result of the incident. Because of the seriousness of this consequences, a conviction for assault comes with severe penalties. Due to the fact that most assault crimes are felonies, a conviction is often punishable by at least one year in prison, hefty fines, probation, restitution to the victim, mandatory counseling, community service, and other punishments. However, by hiring an aggressive and knowledgeable Phoenix assault attorney like Anthony Knowles, you many stand to significantly increase your chance of a favorable outcome and potentially avoid maximum penalty.

Our Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

If you have been charged with any type of assault crime, it is absolutely vital that you contact a highly skilled criminal lawyer immediately. Phoenix assault lawyer Anthony Knowles has been defending people who have been charged with assault for many years, and has the level of experience and skill it takes to effectively handle these types of cases. Mr. Knowles knows how to prepare a solid assault defense case, as well as how to effectively challenge the prosecution and negotiate for a reduction or dismissal of the charges. Furthermore, Mr. Knowles understands the damage an assault conviction can have on your life, and that’s why he is devoted to providing you with unrelenting dedication and vigorous prosecution to fight your criminal charges and help you achieve a winning verdict.

If you are facing assault charges in Phoenix, do not put your case in the hands of an attorney who is inexperienced and unqualified to handle a case of this magnitude. To schedule a free consultation with a resourceful, experienced and aggressive Phoenix assault attorney, please contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC.

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