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Assault Defense Lawyer in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is bound by Arizona law which permits the prosecutor and the police to charge an individual with assault under a wide variety of circumstances. An individual can be charged with an assault even if the alleged victim did not suffer any injury! For example, if a person merely touches anther person with the intent to injure, insult, or provoke them, they can be charged with an assault.

This type of assault is sometimes referred to as an "unwanted touching". The contact could be something as minimal as a shove, a light slap, or even grabbing another person by their shirt collar. If the prosecution believes they have enough evidence to prove that you acted with the intent to injure, insult or provoke, you can be charged with assault in Scottsdale, Arizona. Assault accusations commonly occur in the content of "domestic violence" cases.

Regardless of the allegations or specifics of your case, you should hire a Scottsdale assault attorney to handle your case and protect your rights.

The other "non-injury" assault occurs when a person is placed in "reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury." In legal parlance, this merely means that the defendant scared the victim into thinking they were going to be hurt. This type of assault is commonly charged when an individual raises their hand in a threatening manner or clenches their fist with their arm cocked back. Even though no injury is caused by this conduct, it is treated and prosecuted in Scottsdale as an assault.

Whenever dealing with a "non-injury" assault, the chances are good that there wont be any physical evidence and the case will ultimately be reduced into a "he said/she said." When dealing with a Scottsdale assault case that is based primarily on the accusations of the alleged victim, you need an experienced Scottsdale trial attorney at your side who has the skill and knowledge to effectively cross-examine a witness and challenge the credibility of their incriminating testimony.

Aggravated Assault

An assault charge in Scottsdale is usually treated as a misdemeanor; however, there are a number of factors that can elevate an assault to the felony offense of aggravated assault. Arizona Revised Statute Section 13-1204 classifies a number of acts as felony aggravated assault. Most commonly if a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife is used or if the individual uses an object in a manner capable of causing death or serious physical injury (such as a baseball bat or a broken glass bottle), the offense will be charged as an aggravated assault. If you have been accused of using a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument in connection with an assault in Scottsdale, you could be charged with a "dangerous" felony which means you could be sentenced to prison, even if it is your first offense.

Aggravated assault charges are very serious crimes, treated just as any other aggravated assault crime in Arizona. It is considered a felony and carries stiff penalties. The laws involving aggravated assault are complex, with many factors that can affect what class of felony you may be charged with. There is a Class two felony which involves the use of a deadly weapon or a Class six felony for non-dangerous actions that involve such things as violating a restraining order. Without adequate legal counsel, you may end up with a felony conviction on your record, which can result in not only prison time, but long term effects to your life.

An aggravated assault case can be prosecuted based on the allegations of the other party. It is vital to have the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC representing you in order to develop a legal strategy that will assist in fighting your charges, perhaps reducing them to a misdemeanor or even getting the charge dismissed.

Scottsdale Assault Lawyer

Whether you have been charged with misdemeanor assault or felony aggravated assault in Scottsdale, you need an experienced former prosecutor fighting for your rights. With your life and your future at risk, the stakes could not be higher. Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer, Joshua S. Davidson, understands how important each case is to his clients and gives them the aggressive, individualized attention they deserve.

Joshua S. Davidson is available 24 hours a day for a free initial consultation at (480) 248-7022. Call today and see how he can put his experienced to work for you. Contact Scottsdale Assault Lawyer Joshua S. Davidson today!

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