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Assault, Homicide, and Violent Crimes in AZ

Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Codes outlines violent crimes such as assault, homicide and stalking. For instance, you may be accused of assault. If you need an attorney to defend you, contact us today for immediate assistance.

Under A.R.S. 13-1203, assault happens when an individual recklessly, intentionally or knowingly causes someone physical harm. The harm can be knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure him or her. It also means to intentionally place someone in a reasonable apprehension of an immediate physical injury.

If you are related to the person you’re accused of assaulting, romantically involved or living together, you were probably charged with A.R.S. 13-3601 instead. A.R.S. 13-3601 is domestic violence assault.

You may be charged with negligent homicide. This occurs when an individual is criminally negligent and causes someone’s death. Criminal negligence refers to failing to perceive an unjustifiable risk or circumstances that a reasonable person would in the same situation.

The elements of stalking are outlined in A.R.S. 13-2923. It is intentionally or knowingly engaging in acts toward someone which would cause a reasonable individual to be in fear of his or her life or family’s safety.

If you have been accused of assault or any violent crime, contact us. Fighting this charge is imperative to avoiding possible penalties discussed below.

Possible Punishment for Some Types of Violent Crimes

Assault is typically considered a class one misdemeanor. This carries a punishment of:

  • Probation.


  • Six months in jail.
  • Fine of $2,500 with an 80 percent surcharge.

Some assault convictions are considered a class two or three misdemeanor. A class two misdemeanor carries a punishment of:

  • Probation.
  • Up to four months in jail.
  • $750 fine plus 84 percent surcharges.

Domestic violence conviction has the same sentences, but there is another punishment. It can be used against you in any future divorce or child custody hearing you have.

Negligent homicide is a class four felony. It is punishable by:

  • Probation without jail time.
  • Probation with one year in jail.
  • One year to three year and three quarters in prison.

If you have a prior conviction, you face two to seven and one half years in prison. A Second prior conviction ranges from six to 15 years. You receive more time if a jury determines you used a deadly weapon.

Stalking is a class three or five felony which is punishable by depending on which element you’re convicted violating. If you placed the person in fear of his or her life, you face:

  • Probation with no jail time.
  • Probation with up to one year in jail.
  • Eight to eight and three quarters in prison.

A prior offense has a sentence of three to slightly over 16 years in prison. At least two prior stalking convictions is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

The class five (fearing family’s safety) carries up to two years in prison.

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Possible Defenses for Assault, Homicide, and Violent Crimes in AZ

If you are accused of assault or domestic violence assault, we can challenge the charge using self-defense. Self-defense occurs when the other person aggressively makes the first move to injury you. Another defense is using eye-witness testimony to refute the charge. One possible defense for negligent homicide is showing that the death was an accident. A defense to stalking is challenging the evidence that you were deliberately stalking the individual.

If you need a law firm to handle your case, Maasen Law Firm is ready to work for you. Contact us night or day to schedule your initial consultation.


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