Misdemeanor crimes and punishment in Phoenix

by Aaron Black • January 24, 2017
Misdemeanor crimesPunishment for misdemeanor crimes in Phoenix vary however a conviction regardless of the crime carries severe punishment. From Criminal trespass to assault or a DUI, a criminal conviction can be life altering as jail time may be required, probation, extreme monetary fines and license suspension for a year or more.

Misdemeanor 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
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense in Phoenix, I strongly encourage you to seek immediate representation by a qualified criminal defense attorney. With life-altering punishments and ramifications, it is imperative that you check their qualifications and I recommend that you interview several attorneys before making a decision. When your freedom is at risk, experience in the courtroom matters.

Legal resources when seeking a Criminal Defense Attorney in Phoenix

To learn more when facing misdemeanor charges in Phoenix, contact 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.

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