Assault (13-1203) in Arizona is a criminal offense that can be charged when a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes any physical injury to another person, or when a person intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.
The severity of the charge and the potential consequences will depend on the circumstances of the assault. For example, if the assault causes serious physical injury, involves a deadly weapon, or is committed against certain protected classes such as law enforcement officers, the charges and penalties can be more severe.
Assault charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony offense, with penalties ranging from fines and probation to imprisonment. The severity of the charges and penalties can also depend on whether the person charged has any prior criminal history.
It’s important to note that self-defense can be a defense to an assault charge in Arizona if the person was acting to defend themselves or another person from imminent harm.
If you have been charged with 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.