Misdemeanor crimes and punishment in Phoenix
Aaron Black • January 24, 2017
Punishment 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.
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
- Driving on a suspended license
- Disorderly conduct
- Criminal damage
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
Class 3 misdemeanor
- Reckless driving
- Criminal trespassing in the second degree
- Criminal damage
- 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
- 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.