What is Going to Happen if I am Charged With a Misdemeanor Crime in Arizona?

by Aaron Black • November 14, 2011

In Arizona, there are 3 levels of misdemeanor crimes:

  • Class 1 misdemeanor- A class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor offense and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail, 3 years of probation (5 years maximum probation for DUI offenses) and a $2,500 fine plus surcharges. Some of the most common class 1 misdemeanor offenses include DUI, driving on a suspended license, assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, shoplifting and theft.
     
  • Class 2 misdemeanor- A class 2 misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of 4 months in jail, a $750 fine plus surcharges and 2 years of probation. Some of the most common class 2 misdemeanor offenses are reckless driving, assault, criminal trespassing in the second degree and criminal damage.
     
  • Class 3 misdemeanor- A class 3 misdemeanor is the lowest criminal offense, but still can carry severe punishments including a maximum of 30 days in jail, 1 year of probation and a $500 fine plus surcharges. The most common class 3 misdemeanor offenses in Arizona are a form of assault, criminal trespass in the third degree and criminal speeding.

When you meet with Aaron Black for your free consultation he will walk you through the criminal process and what you can expect at each court hearing. Your time is valuable, and in many situations, it is possible for your lawyer to attend the majority of your court appearances on your misdemeanor case without you needing to be present. Often times in misdemeanor courts, the attorney only needs to appear in order to ask for an extension of time called a continuance in order to continue negotiations with the prosecutor, complete a thorough investigation of your case, conduct interviews or have our team of experts examine your evidence. Instead of having you miss more valuable time at work just to sit in a courtroom for hours, many courts allow your privately hired attorney to attend your court appearance on your behalf. When this is possible, you can be assured that the Aaron Black will do everything possible to defend your case while keeping you up to date on all important information about your case.