If you have been charged with assault in Maricopa County or anywhere in Arizona, you need an attorney who will diligently research your case, challenge the prosecution and work to get your case dismissed before it ever goes to trial: lack of evidence, inadmissible evidence, and inappropriate police behavior. These are just a few ways that your assault case can be challenged by a violent crimes defense attorney.
Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Depending on your situation, there may be several reasons why you need a criminal lawyer to defend your rights against accusations of having committed a violent crime. In Arizona, assault is not limited to a violent attack against someone; the state’s definition of assault charges are much broader, for example:
- Threatening behavior may be regarded as assault
- Incidents related to operating a vehicle-road rage, for instance-may result in assault charges and other charges involving a criminal traffic offense
- Making a threat against someone may be considered assault in Arizona
- Touching another individual may lead to assault charges being filed in a Phoenix court
- Threats made against law enforcement officials, teachers, political leaders, or others may result in assault charges
- Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest are often related to charges of assault
- Domestic violence and DUI charges may also involve formal assault charges being filed
How to Challenge an Aggravated Assault Conviction
The right Phoenix assault lawyer will ask questions that may lead to your assault case being dismissed. Perhaps you were threatened and simply reacted in self-defense that has been labeled assault. You may have feared for your life. A loved one may have been in danger and you acted to protect them. Perhaps you are being accused of assault to influence divorce or child custody proceedings. The prosecution’s witnesses in your case may lack credibility or have their own motives for seeking your conviction.
Homicide is the most serious crime anyone can commit. If you have been accused of murder or aggravated assault, contact an attorney who is a board-certified criminal law specialist to avoid spending many years in prison. William Foreman is certified as a criminal law specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, and has successfully defended many clients accused of homicide or aggravated assault including gun and vehicular homicide or other weapons-based crimes.
At William Foreman, P.C., we aggressively defend clients accused of crimes related to aggravated assault and homicide, such as:
- Murder and felony murder
- Vehicular homicide
- Aggravated assault
- Vehicular assault
- Child abuse, including “shaken baby syndrome”
- Domestic assault
- Sexual assault
- Weapons and gun offenses
- Armed robbery
- Terrorist threats
Police often make significant mistakes that can have a life-altering impact on a wrongly accused person. Prosecutors wield massive power and can magnify a flawed police investigation into a life struggle for basic truth. William Foreman, P.C., levels the playing field by devoting as much time and energy as is necessary to secure the best possible result. By interviewing witnesses, uncovering evidence and working closely with forensic specialists, we do everything in our power to preserve your freedom and provide you with the full measure of the rights to which you are entitled.
Arizona’s self-defense laws make it possible to reduce an assault charge to a much less serious offense. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn whether this is likely for your case.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence-stalking, harassment, unwanted touching, or battery, it’s important that you speak with an experienced attorney specializing in domestic violence cases as soon as possible. Prosecutors and law enforcement will be relentless in pursuing a conviction, but an experienced Scottsdale domestic violence lawyer-like William Foreman can help you avoid the potentially crippling penalties that come with a DV conviction, such as:
- Days, weeks, or months in jail depending on the type of Phoenix domestic violence charge you face
- Court costs and fines that can be in the tens of thousands of dollars
- Restrictions on your behavior including your right to carry a firearm
- Impact on your divorce proceedings or child custody dispute
- Mandatory anger management classes
- Community service
Domestic violence charges are serious; Arizona prosecutors will be aggressive in their pursuit of a conviction in your Scottsdale domestic violence or assault case. You deserve an aggressive defense of your rights.
Domestic Violence Is Not Always Between Spouses
When domestic violence gets mentioned, many people think of violence between a husband and wife. However, Arizona Law regards domestic violence much more broadly. The abuse or violence may not be obvious: threats, unwanted contact, or other apparently non-violent acts may result in domestic violence charges. Additionally, the charges can be brought for conflicts with an almost limitless number of people: parents, children, stepchildren, stepparents, romantic partners, fiancés, roommates and a number of other people can qualify as the targets of violence.
Prosecutors will often try to extend the penalties for a suspect by adding domestic violence charges to a simple assault charge or other charges like theft, DUI, or other seemingly unrelated charge. This can lead to significant increases in consequences: jail time, large fines, court costs, and others. You don’t have to face these
dire consequences alone.
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