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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

When you’re facing criminal charges, and a possible loss of finances, and even your freedom, it’s important to hire a law firm with the experience, knowledge and reputation necessary to fight for the best possible outcome. We provide aggressive criminal defense to individuals charged with all types of crimes all over the State of Arizona. 

Assault

Assault (A.R.S. 13-1203) is a misdemeanor charge that is often charged as a domestic violence offense.  While a misdemeanor, it is very harmful to one’s reputation and can result in up to six months in jail. If a first offense, and when handled correctly, it can often be handled in a manner that results in no official criminal conviction.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Assault (A.R.S. 13-1204) is a much more serious charge that can result in a devastating disruption to your life.  An arrest can result in exorbitant bail conditions and restrictions on your lifestyle, and a conviction will result in a lengthy prison sentence, steep fines, a negative impact on employment and relationships and an inability to own or possess a firearm.  And if a weapon was involved, the penalties can grow even more severe.

To be charged with Aggravated Assault, the State must first prove that there was probable cause that an Assault occurred. There are three ways that a simple, misdemeanor Assault can blossom into an Aggravated Assault charge: 1) when the alleged victim suffered serious physical injury as a result of the Assault, 2) when a dangerous weapon was used during the Assault, or; 3) when the victim of the otherwise misdemeanor Assault was a member of a “protected class” of the citizenry–typically a police officer.

A typical Aggravated Assault could result in charges that vary from a class 6 felony all the way up to a class 2 felony, which means a person could be facing probation, jail, or prison ranging from one-third of a year to 12.5 years. If you have been charged, we will work day and night to fight the allegations and help you minimize any penalties you might incur.

Defensive Display of a Firearm

Arizona provides protection for citizens using a firearm in self-defense without actually firing it. Defensive Display of a Firearm (A.R.S. 13-421) is defined as:

  • Verbally warning that you have a gun or can get one;
  • Exposing or displaying a gun in a way to demonstrate your fear of death or severe injury;
  • Placing your hand on a gun while it is in your pocket, purse or other means of transport/containment to draw attention to the fact that you are armed.

Defensive Display is justified when a reasonable person would believe physical force is immediately necessary to protect him or herself from another’s use or attempted use of unlawful physical or deadly force.   

Defensive Display is not justified if you intentionally provoke the other person, or, if you use a firearm in the commission of a serious offense or violent crime. Improper display of a gun can be anything from a Class 1 Misdemeanor to a Class 3 Felony. 

Defensive Firearms Use

A firearm can be an invaluable, life saving  tool in your personal defense. You never want to have to draw or actually fire a gun in a dangerous situation, but there may come a time when you  have to.  While Arizona is a relatively “gun owner friendly” state, and has a long history of statutory and common law that allows the use of firearms in defense of human life, there are very strict guidelines. The various justifications in Arizona law that allow lethal force are set forth in A.R.S. 13-404 et seq. If it is determined that you wrongly used a firearm, you will be facing very strict consequences.

That’s why you want an attorney who not only understands criminal law, but who also has long and deep experience dealing with  firearms and firearms laws, as well as ballistics and appropriate defensive tactics. We are singularly qualified to ensure you know your legal rights before or, God forbid, after a defensive shooting occurs.

DUI

Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation (A.R.S. 28-1381, A.R.S. 28-1382 and A.R.S. 28-1383)  and a conviction will have a profoundly adverse effect on your life in many areas. Since the penalties are so harsh and the stakes are so high, you need to choose an experienced and proven legal team to guide you through it all.

If you have been arrested for DUI, Extreme DUI, or felony Aggravated DUI, a knowledgeable attorney’s representation can help you dismiss the charges, or minimize the costly consequences of a conviction, including loss of your driver’s license, mandatory jail time and exorbitant fines and fees.

There is a lot to consider and a lot to know when you are charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. We will quickly and thoroughly assess the facts of your case and work aggressively to protect your rights and your reputation.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI offense you do have rights, and it’s vital that you call us as soon as possible so that we can start protecting them.

 Domestic Violence

Arizona allows many charges to carry the additional category of “Domestic Violence.”  In addition to the “normal” consequences of a conviction of that crime, pursuant to federal law a Domestic Violence tag also acts to deprive the convicted Defendant of his/her Constitutional right to possess/use a firearm–for life.  For Defendants who value their ability to exercise that right, this consequence is enormous.  To avoid that sanction, it is critical to employ a team of advocates who are aware of that ramification from the onset of the case. Careful handling of the case can allow that designation to be avoided.

Other Criminal Charges

Arizona has hundreds of criminal statutes covering nearly every aspect of human interaction.  Our team has experience in helping people accused of violating most of them.  If you find yourself facing the system, don’t attempt to do it alone.

To discuss your case with our team, contact us online or call us at (602) 495-6511.