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No matter what type of criminal charge you may be facing, make no mistake that even a seemingly innocuous error can be considered a misdemeanor. One can be accused of a misdemeanor at first, but the further evidence may discover that it the charge should be escalated to a felony-level. Either way, it is vital that you secure defense from an experienced Scottsdale criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Understanding Arizona’s Misdemeanor Laws

Under A.R.S. 13-707, misdemeanors range in three different classifications: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. Class 1 is the most serious, and the types of crimes that can be elevated to felony-level charges may include aggravated DUI, drug crimes, aggravated assault, and even domestic violence that evolve into aggravated assault.

Here is a breakdown of the misdemeanor classifications and their penalties:

  • Class 3 Misdemeanor
    • Up to 30 days in jail
    • 1 year of probation
    • $500 fine, plus surcharges
  • Examples of Class 3 Misdemeanors include:
    • Some forms of assault
    • Speeding
    • Underage possession of alcohol
  • Class 2 Misdemeanor:
    • Up to 4 months in jail
    • 2 years of probation
    • $750 fine, plus surcharges
  • Examples of Class 2 Misdemeanor crimes:
    • Assault
    • Reckless driving
    • 2nd degree trespassing
  • Class 1 Misdemeanor:
    • Up to 6 months in jail
    • 3 years of probation (5 years for a DUI offense)
    • $2,500 in fines, plus surcharges
  • Some examples of Class 1 Misdemeanor crimes:
    • DUI
    • Driving with a suspended license
    • Disorderly conduct
    • Shoplifting

Make no mistake—even if misdemeanor charges may not seem as serious as felony charges, you should never go without an attorney representing you. Our Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer at Sonoran Law Group has over two decades of legal experience and is very familiar with the court system.

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Prosecutors in Arizona are relentless in their pursuit of a conviction, no matter how minor the case may seem. A criminal conviction at any level can be a frightening time, but you have every right to protect your rights and your freedoms from the effects of a guilty verdict.

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