Vehicular Aggravated Assault carries stiff penalties in Phoenix Arizona

by Aaron Black • July 06, 2016
Vehicular Aggravated AssaultVehicular Aggravated assault in Phoenix is simply someone driving under the influence when an accident occurred causing serious physical injury such as someone breaking a bone or sustaining a deep cut. Vehicular Aggravated assault can be committed in a couple of different ways.
  • Intentionally, knowingly and recklessly causing serious physical injury or substantial disfigurement to another.
  • Using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument to intentionally place someone other than yourself in imminent fear of serious physical injury.
The most common way to be charged with a Vehicular Aggravated Assault is when someone is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or they were driving at excess speeds when they injured someone as a result of an auto accident.

Penalties for Vehicular Aggravated Assault

Vehicular Aggravated Assault is when the driver was under the influence or speeding and an auto accident caused a serious physical injury to others. This is considered a class 3 Dangerous Felony. If convicted of a class 3 dangerous felony, you will face a mandatory five (5) to fifteen (15) years in prison.

If the person that was injured was under fifteen (15) years old, you will then be charged with a class 2 Dangerous Felony which carries a mandatory prison sentence of seven (7) to twenty-one (21) years in prison.

With the severity of penalties, I simply cannot urge you enough to think before you get behind the wheel!
If you have been charged with Vehicular Aggravated Assault, the prosecution must prove that the defendant was actually driving under the influence (DUI) or Speeding. Both actions are considered "reckless" in Arizona.

"Recklessly" means: with respect to a result or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense that a person is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists.

The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard of such risk constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation. A person who creates such a risk but who is unaware of such risk solely by reason of voluntary intoxication also acts recklessly with respect to such risk. This is classified under ARS 13-1204.

If you have been charged with aggravated assault the Prosecutor will try to prove "reckless" conduct by showing that the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, or high.

On the other hand, it is the Phoenix  Criminal Defense Attorney's goal to prove that their client through investigation prove to the court that the defendant was not under the influence and that someone or some other factor caused the accident. At the Law Office of Aaron Black, I personally and aggressively defend vehicular cases and many of my cases have resulted in dismissals, not guilty verdicts, no jail time, or substantially reduced charges.

If you have been charged with Vehicular Aggravated Assault in Phoenix, contact the Law Office of Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free telephonic consultation .

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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