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
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.
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