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Phoenix Aggravated Assault Lawyer
Experienced Defense of Aggravated Assault Charges in Arizona
If you have found yourself facing aggravated assault charges after a bar fight, domestic disturbance or other altercation, you may be looking at a mandatory prison sentence of 5 to 15 years. You need an attorney to attack the prosecution's case to get charges downgraded or dismissed or to aggressively defend you at trial.
Criminal defense lawyer Richard Suzuki has the experience to represent you against aggravated assault charges. He represents clients throughout the Phoenix metro area, Maricopa County and surrounding counties in southern Arizona.
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Assault - What the Law in Arizona Says
A fight or assault and battery is charged as aggravated assault under Arizona law for any of the following dangerous allegations, with escalating prison terms for each level of violence:
- Serious bodily harm — Injury that is life-threatening, disfiguring or causes permanent or lasting damage such as a fractured bone or loss of use
- Dangerous instrument — Assault with an object that could cause great bodily harm such as a knife or blunt instrument (even if the person is not seriously injured)
- Deadly weapon — Shooting someone, discharging a firearm, brandishing a gun or even carrying a gun at the time of an assault
Just Threatening Someone Can Constitute Assault
Merely threatening someone with a dangerous instrument or weapon can result in aggravated assault allegations. An aggravated assault charge carries a mandatory prison sentence upon conviction. The mandatory sentences are 5 years, 7 1/2 years and 15 years, and prosecutors are often unwilling or unable to offer less than the minimum prison time in a plea agreement.
Aggravated assault charges can also arise from any assault committed in the act of another felony (burglary, robbery), even without enhancements for dangerousness. You may face conspiracy to commit aggravated assault if you were involved in a crime or assault committed by another person.
Mr. Suzuki, his investigators and his experienced support staff exhaust all possible aggravated assault defenses to get the charges against you dismissed. Self-defense, defense of a third person, defense of your home and provocation may be grounds for challenging the allegation. We also look into the victim's background (a propensity for violence or false accusations) and the statements and motivations of witnesses. In many cases witnesses base their testimony on what they see happen after a fight starts, especially in cases involving road rage. As a result, they may mistakenly identify you as the person responsible for starting a fight when in reality you were acting in self-defense.
For your best chance of avoiding prison on felony assault charges, you need a defense lawyer who has experience arguing these cases before a jury. Richard Suzuki is a former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and a former Assistant U. S. Attorney who can gauge the strength of the evidence and anticipate the prosecution's tactics.
Call our Phoenix, Arizona, law office at 602-635-1369 or e-mail Mr. Suzuki. We are available nights, weekends, anytime, and offer a free initial consultation to discuss your rights and options. We speak fluent Spanish in our office to better serve our clientele.Click Here for a Free Case Evaluation