Assault and Violent Crimes
The Law Offices of Kristopher K Rezagholi has handled nearly every type of assault and violent crime. We are experienced in finding technical defects in the Prosecutor’s case as well as identifying possible constitutional violations which can result in charges being dismissed or reduced. Because of the penalties and stigma that come with any Assault conviction it is important that you hire an experienced attorney to contest your charges.
Fighting the Charges:
Challenging Assault Charges often include disputing that you intended to cause harm or injury to another party. Additionally, in instances where there is a fight we can often argue that you were acting in self-defense. Or where the victim is a police officer we have had success arguing that the police officer over charged or the contact with the officer was a reflex or defensive posture to being struck or thrown to the ground by the officer.
Additionally, we look for violations of your constitutional rights that can lead to evidence being suppressed or the charges dismissed. For example, if the officer got you to make admissions about the assault BEFORE he/she read you your miranda rights we may be able to suppress your admission. Or if the officer stopped you without probable cause or searched you or your papers, phone, emails or vehicle without consent these could all be violations of your rights.
We can also challenge the forensics used by the officers to recreate or explain the assault or injuries. We can also contest the severity of the injuries suffered by the victim thereby reducing the charges or penalties incurred.
So it is very important that if you are charged with an assault or violent crime that you contact us for a free consultation so we can evaluate your case and let you know which defenses may be available to you.
Types of Assault Charges:
There are several different types of assault related charges. The four most common are 1) simple Assault; 2) Aggravated Assault; 3) Disorderly Conduct; 4) Domestic Violence.
If you were involved in an altercation with another person you may very well have been charged with simple assault under A.R.S. 13-1203. This charge is a misdemeanor. If the other party was injured this will likely be a Class 1 Misdemeanor and you will be facing up to 6 months in jail and a $2,500.00 fine. If you did not injury the other party it will be a Class 2 or Class 3 Misdemeanor and you will be facing up to 4 months in jail and a $750 fine.
If you were involved in a serious altercation that involved, a weapon, a vehicle, a child, a police officer or otherwise left the other party seriously injured you may be charged with aggravated assault under A.R.S. 13-1204. This charge is a felony. Aggravated Assault has a wide range of potential penalties as Aggravated Assault can be charged as a Class 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 Felony. This means you could be looking at anything from probation up to multiple years in prison.
If you were involved in a alteration where you were loud, cursing or causing a disturbance you may be charged with disorderly conduct under A.R.S. 13-2904. This charge is usually brought as a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted you will be facing up to the 6 months in jail and a $2,500.00 fine. If you were displaying or carrying a weapon such as a firearm at the time of your arrest then this charge can be increased to a Class 6 Felony.
If you were involved in any type of altercation, whether it be assault, aggravated assault or disorderly conduct AND the other person was a family member or romantic partner you may be facing additional charge of Domestic Violence under A.R.S. 13-3601. Domestic violence matters can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the victim and the severity of the injuries suffered. Any one convicted of domestic violence must complete educational classes in addition to any other punishment which can range from probation, fines and jail time.