Officials from the Phoenix police department have reported that they have
seen a significant increase in violent crimes across the region. In addition
to the surge in violent offenses the police department has reported that
difficulties are complicated by a shortage in staff.
According to statistics released by officials, violent crime in Phoenix
has risen by 8 percent since January. In an effort to stem the spike in
crime, and prepare for the coming retirement of numerous officers, Phoenix
PD is preparing to hire as many as 60 officers this year.
Violent Crimes & Penalties in Arizona
Violent crimes are among the most serious and harshly penalized criminal
offenses. Because they directly threaten the safety of others,
violent crimes are often prosecuted as felonies that pose prison sentences. Some of the
most common violent crimes include:
- Assault / Aggravated Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Child Abuse
- Murder / Manslaughter
- Sexual Assault / Rape
- Weapons Offenses
While most violent crimes carry stiff penalties in and of themselves, the
state of Arizona can also apply enhancements if certain aggravating circumstances
are present. The use of a firearm or dangerous weapon, causing serious
injury, and having a criminal record are circumstances that can lead to
elevated violent crime charges and penalties.
Because violent crimes are viewed so negatively by the “social court,”
convictions can result in many difficult and long-term consequences, including
limitations on your ability to find a job. As such, it becomes crucial
to fight violent crime charges - for either reductions or dismissals -
so as to protect your freedom and your future.
If you have questions about violent crime allegations and how an experienced
Phoenix criminal defense lawyer from Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. can fight for you,
contact our firm for a FREE and confidential case review.