Violent Crimes Lawyers in Phoenix, AZ
Have you been charged with the commission of a violent crime? Violent crimes range from simple assault, threats, and similar conduct, to kidnapping, homicide, domestic violence and more. At Feldman & Royle, we understand that prosecutors often charge defendants accused of violence with a more serious crime than is appropriate under the circumstances. Our attorneys, who include a former prosecutor, know how to deal with these situations and obtain for our clients a reduction in the charges against them, and in some cases a dismissal. We are veteran criminal trial attorneys, and if it is in our client’s best interest, we do not shy away from taking a case to trial. Contact Feldman & Royle, Attorneys at Law today to schedule an appointment. Your initial consultation is free.
What is a Violent Crime in Arizona?
There is no precise definition of the term “violent crime,” other than to say that it includes any situation in which violence or the threat of violence is present. We defend clients charged with a variety of violent offenses, including:
- This category includes manslaughter, negligent homicide, as well as first and second degree murder. The classification is dependent in part on the alleged state of mind of the defendant. All homicide charges are felonies, but the potential penalties vary greatly from one charge to another. For example, the presumptive sentence in a negligent homicide case is two and a half years, while the penalty for first degree murder is death or life in prison.
- Assault is probably the most commonly charged violent offense. And while it is classified as a violent crime, it is not necessary that you harm, or even touch, the other person in order to be accused of assault. It includes not only physically injuring another person, but also placing another person in reasonable fear of imminent injury. Simple assault is a misdemeanor.
- Aggravated Assault. Aggravated assault is a felony. It consists of an assault, coupled with one of several additional elements, including causing serious injury, use of a weapon, causing disfigurement, violation of an order of protection, and others.
- Additional Offenses Related to Assault. Besides assault itself, there are other crimes under that heading: endangerment (recklessly exposing another person to injury); threats and intimidation; drive-by shootings; discharge of a firearm at a structure; and others. Assaultive offenses sometimes overlap.
- Although many people assume robbery is a property crime, it involves force or the threat of force in the course of taking property from another person. As such, it is a violent crime, and is classified generally as a class 4 felony. If the person committing the robbery is aided by another person, the offense is aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony. Finally, if the person or his accomplice is armed with a deadly weapon, it is armed robbery, a class 2 felony.
- Stalking is classified as a violent crime because the conduct is usually aimed at causing the victim to fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family. Stalking can take various forms, including a course of conduct of following someone, making express or implied threats, unauthorized surveillance, and similar acts. Stalking is also a felony.
- Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is an allegation associated with an underlying assault or any one of a number of acts committed against a spouse, former spouse, close blood relative, person with whom you are or were involved in a romantic or sexual relationship, and others.
These and other violent crimes are treated harshly by the courts and under the statutes. But an experienced Phoenix criminal lawyer will spot all the possible defenses in your case, and may be able to have the charges downgraded, or have the case dismissed.
Phoenix Violent Crimes Attorneys
If you examine the various statutes covering violent crimes, it becomes apparent that there is a large amount of prosecutorial discretion in what charges will be brought in different situations. As experienced criminal lawyers, we know when our clients are being “over-charged,” and we know how to respond. We also know which defenses to raise, including self-defense and others, that may provide you with the ability to avoid a conviction. Finally, where a plea bargain is the best route, we can guide you through the process to insure that you receive the best possible result under all the circumstances.
At Feldman & Royle, our clients come first. Call us today for a free consultation, and find out what we can do for you. 602-899-8000.