Being charged with or accused of a crime can be extremely distressing. The consequences of a criminal conviction in Arizona can be steep, including jail time, fines, and damaging life-long impact on one’s career and social life. If you are facing a criminal charge or an allegation of a crime, it is crucial that you get an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.
Goldman Law, LLC’s top rated criminal lawyer Howard Dworman has successful track record in protecting the freedoms of Arizonans. His in-depth experience in Arizona criminal law, combined with his hard-hitting and strategic legal representation, has led us him obtain the best results possible for clients including dismissals and “Not Guilty” verdicts.
Call Goldman Law today at (602) 698-5520 to discuss your criminal charge.
Goldman Law’s Two Pronged Approach
At Goldman Law, LLC, our defense team provides a two-pronged approach in handling a criminal case:
- Strategic case-building and tenacious representation in state or federal court
- Considerate treatment of every client, providing them with constant updates and clear answers to their questions.
When you choose Goldman Law, you get sharp criminal defense without the unnecessary stress of out-of-reach lawyers and intimidating legalese. We are experienced in handling criminal cases such as:
- Disorderly conduct
- DUI (Driving under the influence)
- Gun crimes
- Identity theft
- Possession of marijuana or narcotic drugs
- Reckless driving
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
- And more.
In addition, we have effectively handled appeals in state and federal courts, including special actions to the Arizona Supreme Court.
Consequences of Criminal Conviction In Arizona
What potential punishments are there for someone convicted of a crime in Arizona? Here is an overview of the Arizona classes of penalties.
- Class 1 Felony. The most serious class of crime in AZ, this includes first- and second-degree murder. This is punishable with life in prison or death.
- Class 2 Felony. This class includes child molestation, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, first-degree burglary with firearm, theft of property over $25,000 or more, and first-degree trafficking of stolen property. These crimes are punishable with a minimum of 4 years and increased maximum of 35 years in prison (for dangerous offenses with prior convictions).
- Class 3 Felony. Crimes in this class include vehicle theft, property theft over $4,000, and second-degree burglary. They can be punished with a minimum of 2.5 years and increased maximum of 25 years in prison.
- Class 4 Felony. This includes growing of non-medical marijuana, simple possession of dangerous drugs (e.g. methamphetamine), and property theft over $3,000. Penalty could be a minimum of 1.5 years and increased maximum of 15 years in prison.
- Class 5 Felony. In Arizona, this includes property theft over $2,000, possession of marijuana for sale less than two pounds, and personal possession of marijuana over two pounds. They can be punished with a minimum of 9 months and increased maximum of 7.5 years in prison.
- Class 6 Felony. This criminal class includes property theft over $1,000, personal possession of non-medical marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Penalty could be a minimum of 5 months and increased maximum of 5.6 years in prison.
- Class 1 Misdemeanor. Common offenses are DUI, assault with injury, disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of prescription drug, minor in possession, aggressive driving, driving on suspended license, shoplifting, resisting arrest, and more. Maximum penalties are six-month jail sentence, $2,500 fine, and three-year probation.
- Class 2 Misdemeanor. Offenses include reckless driving, minor in consumption, verbal assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and more. Maximum punishments include four-month jail sentence, $750 fine, and two-year probation.
- Class 3 Misdemeanor. In Arizona, common offenses are excessive speeding, assaultive touching, leaving the scene of a parked car accident, criminal trespassing, and more. Potential maximum penalties are one-month jail sentence, $500 fine, and one-year probation.
Arizona Petty Crimes
Petty offenses in AZ are the lowest-level misdemeanors that don’t meet the standards above. These normally would not get you arrested, only cited and fined between $300 and $1,000.
On top of the punishments outlined above, other possible penalties for a crime in Arizona include restitution (paying back damages), suspension of driver’s license, community service, mandatory education (such as Defensive Driving), mandatory counseling, and home detention.
Mitigating The Lifetime Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction In AZ
One of the most important things to know about the Arizona criminal system is that there is generally no expungement or the sealing of criminal records in the state. Once a person is convicted, that conviction will stay on their record forever, accessible by employers and other parties who conduct background checks. This can profoundly hinder the person’s job prospects, voting rights, social relationships, and other personal freedoms.
Immediately hiring a competent lawyer is vital if you hope to be protected from these long-term effects of a conviction. Time is of the essence in most criminal cases. Prosecutors gather evidence early on, and you should have an attorney who can build compelling arguments to match theirs.
In addition, you must protect yourself from self-incrimination or making mistakes that could damage your case. Examples are giving statements that could be used against you, or signing documents that violate your constitutional rights. Having a lawyer from the get-go can greatly help you avoid such mistakes.
Even if you know you are falsely accused, or even if you believe there is not much weight to the allegation against you, it may not be worth risking your future by delaying your hiring of a lawyer. Choose an attorney with proven experience in defending Arizonans from heavy criminal punishments.
Contact Goldman Law, LLC
To learn about your rights and legal options in Arizona criminal defense, call Goldman Law, LLC at (602) 698-5520 or email us using the contact form on this page. We serve clients in Phoenix and all throughout Arizona.