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An overview of sexual assault charges in the state of Arizona

Often, having sexual contact is a way for people to express their feelings for their partners. In some cases, however, having sexual contact with a partner could lead to you facing serious criminal charges. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, we are often asked about sexual assault charges. In this post, we will discuss what constitutes sexual assault in the state of Arizona, as well as the consequences you could face if convicted of this offense.

Phoenix man charged with assault after fight at apartment complex

Sometimes, people who are trying to defend themselves or others end up involved in physical altercations. Although they may have been trying to do the right thing, they could still face assault charges. Since such charges are considered a serious criminal offense in the state of Arizona, a conviction could result in severe consequences.

What are Arizona’s robbery laws?

The crime of robbery is described under chapter 19 of Arizona Revised Statutes’ criminal code. Under these laws, there are three categories of this offense: robbery, aggravated robbery and armed robbery. Aggravated robbery and armed robbery are based on the requirements of robbery, but have added elements.  

The difference between assault, aggravated assault and battery

In Arizona, charges relating to battery, assault and aggravated assault are all very similar and are sometimes used together. For this reason, it can be easy to think they are the same but this is not the case. While they are related, each one is unique unto itself and carries with it, its own set of penalties when convictions occur.

Two men found innocent of felony charges

People who face serious criminal charges in Phoenix can often be at a loss for how to appropriately defend themselves. Felonies can carry harsh consequences for convicted defendants. Whether charges are for sexual crimes, weapons crimes, burglary, aggravated assault or something else, it is important for all suspects and defendants to know that the law protects their right to a full defense.

Murder of priest leads to criminal arrest

Criminal charges are always serious but defendants must remember that a charge is not a guarantee of a conviction. A felony assault charge, a murder charge or more can all lead to long-term penalties and the right defense process is important. Every person accused of such a crime is promised a defense under Arizona’s laws. Even if jail time is required, sometimes sentences can be minimized with the right help.

Armed robber admits to crime

Phoenix area residents need to know that they are safe and can be protected from both crimes and also from unfair treatment in the event that they are arrested for any reason. No matter what the situation may look like, every defendant does deserve the chance to a proper defense and to be considered innocent until proven guilty. This is true for anything from a traffic violation to an aggravated assault charge. Such rights are part of the foundation of our legal and judicial system.

Emotions overrun defendant in murder trial

A criminal defense can be filled with many challenges for defendants. Arizona residents who are accused of serious charges can face several years in prison or, in extreme situations, even the death penalty. From an assault charge to a murder charge, the range of situations is broad but the need and right for a proper defense stands strong.

Mentally incompetent man arrested twice for same crimes

One of the basic tenets of the laws in the United States is the right to a fair defense. Anyone who is accused of a crime is naturally granted this right. This includes Arizona residents charged with crimes that may include battery, aggravated assault, weapons crimes, felony assault or more. Part of the defense process requires that a defendant be mentally able to withstand a trial. If a person is deemed unfit for trial, professional help can be sought.