Phoenix Assault & Battery Attorney
In Arizona, there are various ways that a person could face assault charges. Many people have heard of “assault and battery,” but the reality is that these are two separate types of charges. At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, our team is here to help if you need a Phoenix assault and battery attorney by your side. We have the resources necessary to investigate the claim against you and work to determine the best path moving forward for your situation. Our goal is to help get the charges against you reduced or even dismissed altogether so you can get back to focusing on your family and your work.
Why Turn to the Ciccarelli Law Offices?
- At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, every attorney at our firm is dedicated to looking out for the best interests of the client. We are tenacious and zealous advocates both in and out of the courtroom.
- Our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those whose liberty is on the line when they face criminal accusations.
- We strive to provide our services at reasonable fees so that those facing serious criminal charges have the best chances of success.
Penalties for Assault and Battery in Phoenix
In the state of Arizona, there are two types of assault that we want to discuss. The first is typically referred to as simple assault (A.R.S. 13-1203) and is a misdemeanor offense. A person accused with the following will face these charges:
- Putting someone else in fear of bodily harm
- Touching someone else in a way intended to cause injuries
- Causing actual physical harm to another person
If a person is convicted of simple assault, they could face up to six months in jail.
The second type of assault we want to discuss is called aggravated assault (A.R.S. 13-1204). This is what many people consider battery. This is a felony charge that will be applied when there are various aggravating factors to elevate the crime of assault. In Phoenix, a person will face aggravated assault charges if they:
- Cause serious physical injuries to another person
- Use a deadly weapon or dangerous object to commit the assault
- Cause temporary disfigurement to another individual
- Cause impairment to another person’s body part or bodily organ
- Fracture a person’s bone
- Assault another individual in that person’s private residence
- Assault a person under the age of 15
- Assault a person protected under the law (firefighter, police officer, medical professional, public defender, teacher, prosecutor, etc.)
If a person is convicted of aggravated assault, they could face a range of penalties depending on the level of felony offense they are facing.
What Will an Attorney Do to Help?
Assault charges must be taken seriously in Phoenix. Aggressive prosecutors and law enforcement officials will use their resources against the person facing charges, and this must be met with the resources and experience of a skilled Phoenix assault and battery attorney. An attorney will be responsible for crafting the best possible defense strategy based on the facts of the case. Some of the most common defenses used in an assault case in Phoenix include the following:
- Showing the defendant was acting in self-defense or defending their property
- Showing that the defendant did not intend to commit an assault
- Proving that there was no actual physical harm to others
- Proving that the defendant is a victim of mistaken identity
Call a Phoenix Assault & Battery Attorney Today
If you or a loved one is facing charges of assault or aggravated assault in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, contact our team at the Ciccarelli Law Offices for help with your case as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex criminal defense cases in Arizona and throughout the U.S., and we have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your situation.