Arizona’s Mandatory Sentencing Scheme

Upon conviction for many crimes in Arizona, defendants face mandatory prison sentences due to Arizona’s mandatory sentencing scheme. To have any chance at lessening the impact of a criminal sentence, it is critical to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer representing you.

At The Baker Law Firm, LLC in Phoenix, we believe that everyone’s rights should be vigorously protected and that everyone deserves the best possible defense. To accomplish that goal, representation at the earliest stages of a case are critical. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you need to know your rights. For an initial consultation with an attorney, call us at 602-842-0359.

Mandatory Sentencing

The Arizona mandatory sentencing scheme provides the court with what is presumed to be the appropriate sentence for a conviction on a corresponding charge. However, the sentence can be reduced by demonstrating mitigating circumstances or increased if a prosecutor is able to show aggravating circumstances.

Most dangerous offenses, characterized as those involving a vehicle, gun or knife, will come with a mandatory prison sentence. Many drug crimes, particularly those involving meth, or meth for sale, will also have a mandatory prison sentence, typically involving 5, 10 or 15 years in prison depending on the severity of the charge. Those sentences are “flat time,” meaning there will be no credit granted toward early release.

Learn More About Mandatory Sentencing

To view a chart detailing the 2010 Criminal Code Sentencing Provisions, click here. To discuss your criminal charges with an experienced criminal defense attorney, please call us at 602-842-0359. Or you can e-mail us by filling out the intake form on our Contact Us page.