Assault is generally charged as a misdemeanor, which usually means imposition of a probation term, a fine,and/or a short jail sentence, at the most. When aggravating factors come in to play, however, simple assault can be charged as a felony, and a felony is a very serious offense, exposing the accused to a prison sentence. If you are facing felony assault charges, you need the knowledge and experience of a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer.
I am attorney Cary L. Lackey, and I defend clients in criminal matters ranging from DUI to mail fraud. I have more than 17 years of experience in the field, and my work in criminal law, familiarity with the system, and local knowledge, make me a clear choice to represent clients faced with serious felony charges.
I provide aggressive, effective criminal defense strategies for clients facing felony assault charges and all other serious criminal matters. You can reach me at The Law Office of Cary L. Lackey, P.C., by calling 602-288-2303 or contacting me online.
A Scottsdale Aggravated Assault Attorney Defending Your Freedom
An assault occurs when a person knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally causes physical injury or harm to another person. While assault is a misdemeanor, certain aggravating factors may lead to a charge of felony assault or aggravated assault. Aggravating factors occur where a person:
- Causes serious physical injury
- Uses a deadly weapon
- Commits assault that is violent enough to disfigure or break bones
- Commits assault while a victim is restrained in some way
- Commits assault after entering the victim's home
- Assaults a child under the age of 15
- Violates a restraining order or order for protection to commit assault
- Takes or attempts to take a police officer's weapon
- Commits assault against a police officer or other special class of professionals, which can include teachers, nurses, and emergency responders.
Defending You Against Arizona Felony Assault Charges
Police, prosecutors, and even well intentioned family or friends, may try to pressure you into a guilty plea by telling you that your felony assault charge is cut-and-dried, but there are ways to combat the allegations. Some common defenses against assault charges include:
- Defense of others
- Defense of property
- Prevention of crime
You can benefit directly from my in-depth knowledge and experience in Arizona law. For more than 17 years, I have worked as a public defender, as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as an associate attorney in a prominent Phoenix law firm and in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. I know how to develop a strong defense strategy against felony charges, while focusing on mitigating any potential penalties.
Contact My Maricopa County Criminal Defense Law Firm Today
Felony assault charges can lead to serious jail time and fines. Do not leave the planning of your defense to someone without experience representing clients at all levels of the criminal justice system. Call The Law Office of Cary L. Lackey, P.C., at 602-288-2303 or contact me online.