Aggravated assault (13-1204) in Arizona is a more serious offense than simple assault, and it involves intentionally or recklessly causing serious physical injury to another person, using a deadly weapon, or discharging a firearm at or toward another person. It can also include assaulting certain protected classes of people, such as police officers, firefighters, and teachers, while they are engaged in the performance of their duties.
The seriousness of the offense and the potential penalties increase with the severity of the injuries caused and the use of a deadly weapon or firearm. Aggravated assault can be charged as a felony offense, and the penalties can include imprisonment, fines, probation, and restitution.
Aggravated assault charges can also be elevated to a higher level if certain factors are present, such as if the victim is under the age of 15 or if the assault was committed during the commission of another felony offense.
It’s important to note that self-defense can be a defense to an aggravated assault charge in Arizona if the person was acting to defend themselves or another person from imminent harm.
If you have been charged with aggravated assault in Arizona, it’s important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can review the specific details of your case and help you understand your legal options.