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.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to inform clients and potential clients I am still available for consultations. I am always available by phone, text and/or email. We can also use Facetime for social distancing. The criminal justice system is not stopping due to COVID-19.

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