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Fighting for Your Future and Your Freedom—Arizona Assault Criminal Defense Lawyer

Anyone who is charged with assault in Arizona, Phoenix, Tempe or anywhere throughout Arizona may face life-altering consequences if they are convicted, including a substantial term in state prison.  The criminal offense of assault encompasses a broad range of conduct that ranges from a mere threat to commit a violent act against a third-party to actually committing a violent act against someone that causes bodily injury.  Although the specific penalties for committing assault may vary based on the specifics of your situation, an assault may result in both short-term and long-term adverse consequences, including a jail or prison term, restraining orders, participation in a batterer treatment program and probation.  As severe as these negative consequences may sound, they tell only part of the story.  Because you may also find that you are barred from certain types of future employment, denied student loan opportunities, refused access to immigration benefits and suffer other undesirable effects.

Arizona assault attorney Diane Sullivan has effectively defended hundreds of people throughout Arizona accused of violent crimes like assault either obtaining a dismissal of the charges against them or in acquittal following trial.  Sometimes neither of these options is reasonably available so Ms. Sullivan will use artful negotiation to obtain a substantial reduction in the charges or sentencing.  When you have Ms. Sullivan represent you, it provides the distinct advantage that comes from putting a former successful prosecutor on your side.

Essentially there are two types of assault—simple assault and aggravated assault.  A Maricopa County prosecutor may charge you with simple assault if you make a threat or simply engage in offensive touching.  This means that you do not have to harm or injure someone to be charged with assault.  You do not even need to make physical contact with the person to commit assault.  If you make physical contact with the complaining witness, even the slightest contact may be sufficient to support a charge of assault.  Ms. Sullivan is frequently able to defend her clients against assault charges based on the argument that the conduct constituted reasonable self-defense or defense of another.  Ms. Sullivan may also challenge the facts as reported by the complaining witness or other witnesses to establish that the prosecutor has not met his or her burden to prove the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

There are certain types of activity that can make an assault more serious and may result in a charge of aggravated assault.  Some of the factors that may elevate an assault to aggravated assault include the following:

  • The conduct occurs after entering a private residence.
  • The assault is committed with a deadly weapon.
  • The victim is a member of a protected group such as law enforcement, emergency responders, teachers, or other protected groups.
  • The assault causes serious physical injury.
  • The assault results in a significant though temporary fracture or disfigurement.

Even a first-time conviction for aggravated assault may result in a state prison term from 5-15 years.  Because of the wide range between the minimum and maximum for an aggravated assault sentence, it is a significant advantage to have experienced Phoenix assault attorney on your side.

The experienced team at our Arizona criminal defense law firm has handled hundreds of criminal cases throughout Maricopa County, including serious felonies and violent offenses.  If you have been arrested and charged with either simple assault or aggravated assault, Ms. Sullivan will carefully investigate the evidence against you and challenge the evidence at trial.  She may also seek to negotiate a substantial reduction in the offense from a felony to a misdemeanor or to obtain alternative sentencing that prevents you from going to jail or prison.  Sometimes Ms. Sullivan is even able to persuade the prosecutor not to file formal charges.

Experienced Arizona assault defense lawyer Dianne Sullivan can analyze your situation and advise you regarding the best possible strategies for protecting your future.   Ms. Sullivan provides effective criminal and DUI defense, including defending those charged with criminal assault throughout Maricopa County.  Our criminal defense team can handle cases in Mesa, Tempe, Avondale, Goodyear, Glendale, Surprise, Chandler, Scottsdale or any court in Maricopa County, Arizona.  We offer a confidential consultation absolutely free so call us today at 480-284-8740. 


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Tempe, AZ 85283
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