Understanding The Complexities Of Assault Charges
Assault misdemeanors do not actually require that you injure another person or even that you touch the other person. Assault in Arizona can be charged as a Class 1, 2 or 3 misdemeanor. The level of the offense of an assault charge is based on the alleged actions.
If you are charged with assault, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights. The partners at Lane, Hupp, and Crowley, PLC, have the experience necessary to help you fight these charges involving violent crimes.
Class 1 Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Assault charges can be a Class 1 misdemeanor if a person at least recklessly causes any physical injury to another person. This can include a small scratch, a bruise or even just a red mark. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail, three years’ probation and a maximum fine of $2,500.
Class 2 Misdemeanor Assault Charges
A Class 2 misdemeanor can result when a person places another in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. This can include verbal or physical threats such as pretending to hit a person. A Class 2 misdemeanor is punishable by up to four months in jail, two years’ probation and a maximum fine of $750.
Class 3 Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Assault is a Class 3 misdemeanor if a person knowingly touches another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke. This offense does not require that an injury result from the touching. Simply touching another person can result in this charge. A Class 3 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, one-year probation and a maximum fine of $500.
When Domestic Violence Is Involved
Assault can result in a domestic violence offense if the relationship between the two parties is familial or romantic or if the two parties live together. Domestic violence offenses carry additional potential consequences.
Determining A Sound Strategy For Your Case
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, our attorneys will present potential constitutional defenses and may present evidence to show a lack of injury, a lack of intent to cause injury or that the alleged conduct could not result in the alleged injuries.
We can also assist when additional offenses are involved with your case, including sexual assault, aggravated assault and more.