ARS 13-1202, Threatening another to Cause Physical Injury

by Aaron Black • January 25, 2018
Threatening someone with assaultThreatening or intimidating someone with the intent to inflict physical injury or even to cause property damage in Phoenix, AZ is a serious offense and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.

In the age that we live in such threats can even be the result of a text, voicemail and posts on social media.

Under ARS 13-1202 if convicted you can face misdemeanor charges. If however the conduct was done in retaliation of someone reporting assault or domestic violence it can become a class 6 felony.

Arizona Assault Classifications

  • Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; or
     
  • Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or
     
  • Knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person.

Misdemeanor Assault Penalties

Class 1 misdemeanor - A class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor offense
  • Punishable by up to 6 months in jail
     
  • 3 years of probation (5 years maximum probation for DUI offenses)
     
  • $2,500 fine plus surcharges
Common Class 1 misdemeanor offenses
  • DUI
     
  • Driving on a suspended license
     
  • Assault
     
  • Disorderly conduct
     
  • Criminal damage
     
  • Shoplifting
     
  • Theft

Class 2 misdemeanor

  • Carries a maximum punishment of 4 months in jail
     
  • $750 fine plus surcharges
     
  • 2 years of probation
Common Class 2 misdemeanor offenses
  • Reckless driving
     
  • Assault
     
  • Criminal trespassing in the second degree
     
  • Criminal damage

Class 3 misdemeanor

A class 3 misdemeanor is the lowest criminal offense, but still can carry severe punishments.
  • Maximum of 30 days in jail
     
  • 1 year of probation
     
  • $500 fine plus surcharges
Common Class 3 misdemeanor offenses
  • Assault
     
  • Criminal trespass in the third degree
     
  • Criminal speeding

Class 6 felony

  • Carries a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison
     
  • 3 years of supervised probation
     
  • $150,000 fine plus surcharges
Class 6 felonies can also include charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, aggravated DUI, theft and possession of marijuana.

Criminal Defense to threatening or intimidating

  • The threat is not considered criminal
     
  • Self defense
     
  • You were defending someone else
     
  • No threat was actually made
     
  • The threat wasn’t genuine
     
  • Free speech under the 1st amendment

Personal, legal representation

The Law Office of Aaron Black defends those accused of threatening assault under ARS 13-1202 in Phoenix and surrounding Arizona cities. Unlike many large firms that want as many cases as possible, Aaron represents a limited number of clients at any given time which allows him to provide the personalized service that you expect from a criminal defense attorney.

When your freedom is at risk contact Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 to set up a free consultation. My ultimate goal is to keep my clients out of jail and the dismissal of their case.


 

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
 
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