Assault on a Police Officer

Assaulting a Police Officer in Phoenix, AZ

Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. – Advocacy You Can Trust

The criminal justice system in Arizona takes violent crimes involving the assault of a police officer very seriously. Those who have been charged with this offense are prosecuted aggressively, and it is not uncommon for prosecutors to push for maximum sentencing. This is why you should put your trust in the hands of an equally aggressive defense attorney.

When you hire Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., you can expect nothing less. As former prosecutors, we have pursued convictions against people charged with assaulting police officers. We now use this experience to defend the rights and freedom of our clients. We understand what it takes to win a difficult case, even when we are up against the full weight of the law.

What Are the Penalties for Assaulting a Police Officer?

Any attempt to assault or otherwise injure a police officer will result in serious felony charges; however, the severity of the resulting penalties will be determined by the specific elements of the crime. For example, you would be charged with a Class 5 felony if you were accused of assaulting a police officer while they were engaged in the execution of official duties. If the assault resulted in any type of physical injury to the officer, your charges could be elevated to a Class 4 felony.

Similarly, you could face charges for a Class 3 felony if the police officer suffered temporary or substantial disfigurement, loss or impairment of any body part or a fracture to any part of their body. If a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument was used in the assault or the officer sustained serious physical injuries, it is likely that you would be charged with a class 2 felony. The penalties for any type of felony conviction will be severe, so please don't wait to contact our firm.

In Arizona, the penalties for assault on a police officer may include:

  • Class 2 felony: presumptive term of five years in prison
  • Class 3 felony: presumptive term of three years & six months in prison
  • Class 4 felony: presumptive term of two years & six months in prison
  • Class 5 felony: presumptive term of two years in prison

The Penalties for Taking a Police Officer’s Firearm

In addition to the charge of aggravated assault on a police officer, you could face separate criminal charges for knowingly taking or attempting to exercise control over a law enforcement officer’s firearm. Under Arizona law, you would be charged with a Class 3 felony if you have been accused of committing any of the following offenses:

  • You took or attempted to take a police officer’s firearm
  • You took or attempted to take a weapon other than a firearm from an officer
  • You took or attempted to take a an “implement” from an officer

Under these circumstances, an implement is defined as any object that is capable of injuring or restraining an individual; however, this does not include handcuffs. If you have been charged with this criminal offense, you should not delay in contacting a Phoenix criminal defense attorney at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. Our legal team is available 24/7.

How We Can Help You Build an Effective Defense

An attempt at resisting arrest can result in a charge of assault on a police officer. Prosecutors can construe a mere touching or brushing up against an officer while attempting to evade arrest as an assault. You need a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer who can determine what really happened and apply that set of facts to the law. When you hire Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we will act immediately to preserve critical evidence, which may include police car videos and police station videos.

We will also review the sequence of events in question with the help of a private investigator if we believe that this will support our defense efforts. Whenever possible, we will seek to obtain a dismissal of your charges. If this is not an option, we may seek to obtain a reduction of your charges. You can depend on our firm to provide strong advocacy at all stages of the legal process. Contact our firm today for the skilled defense you deserve! We are available to clients 24/7.

To better serve our clients, we are fluent in Spanish. | Para servir mejor a nuestros clientes, hablamos español.

  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo Rating
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States Court of Appeals | Ninth Circuit
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • ABA
  • American Association for Justice
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys

What Sets Us Apart

  • Aggressive


    We are aggressive in our pursuit to uphold the rights and interests of our clients. We have the tenacity and the legal edge necessary to make a difference in your case.

  • Dedicated


    We are dedicated to protecting our clients' rights. We genuinely care about your well-being, and will always work diligently to pursue a positive outcome. You deserve nothing less!

  • Honest


    We are honest in our assessment of each case. Our lawyers make every effort to evaluate and review every case we receive. We are always candid and upfront about our conclusions. Our goal is your best interest, and we won't compromise that objective.

  • Highly-Rated


    We are highly rated by our peers and past clients. With a long list of achievements and accolades attached to our name, you can have confidence in our ability and our commitment.

  • Successful


    We are successful with a track record that includes many notable case wins, as well as millions of dollars in recoveries for injured clients. Our legal finesse and determination has been proven time and again. Let us put this experience to work for you.

  • Experienced


    We’ve worked on both sides of the courtroom, handling cases at the state and federal level. We apply this insight to the defendants we protect and the injured we advocate for.