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Arizona Assault Laws

By Knowles Law Firm, PLC  Nov. 8, 2010 8:38p

Assault is generally defined as the intent or threat of causing physical harm or injury to another person. Whenever a weapon or deadly weapon such as a firearm is involved, the associated charge is known as aggravated assault. Depending upon the severity of the crime and whether or not a weapon was involved, a defendant charged with assault can face either misdemeanor or felony charges. If a law enforcement officer is involved in the assault, it is automatically a felony charge with punishments including prison time and significantly more severe fines. An experienced Tempe assault lawyer can help a defendant build an effective defense case against these kinds of charges in many ways including by challenging the reliability of eyewitness testimony and even supposed evidence.

Even if a defendant does not physically injure the alleged victim, the threat or obvious intent of causing injury is enough to face assault charges. Another stipulation of the assault laws states that even touching another person in an unwelcome or provocative manner can result in fair grounds for assault charges.

The penalties for misdemeanor assault charges can include probationary periods, community service, fines, and jail time. In the event of a felony assault conviction, a person can face enormously increased fines and extended prison time. If a person is injured or harmed in any manner, these penalties can become even more severe.

Assault Lawyer in Tempe, AZ

The immediate and long term effects of an assault crime conviction can be devastating to a persons way of life, and can harm even their family. If you or a loved one are facing charges or have been arrested for an assault-related crime you need the legal guidance of an experienced, professional attorney who can help you build an effective case. At the Knowles Law Firm, PLC, we have years of experience in criminal courts. As a former prosecutor, Me. Knowles is extremely familiar with the laws regarding assault charges and knows how to effectively fight them.

Contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC and speak to a Tempe Assault Attorney today for the hard-hitting, expert defense your case needs!

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