Arizona Misdemeanor Classifications and Penalties
Let’s get something straight right off the bat. Misdemeanors may be less legally severe than felonies, but they can still take a severe toll on your personal and professional life. If you are found guilty of a misdemeanor crime in Arizona, you can still be sentenced to jail time and have to pay hefty fines. It is important to understand the three classifications of Arizona misdemeanor crimes. They are:
- A Class 1 misdemeanor, which is the most serious
- A Class 2 misdemeanor, which is moderately serious
- A Class 3 misdemeanor, which is the least serious (but still very serious)
Even if you are found guilty of a Class 3 Arizona misdemeanor crime, you could still face jail time and stiff financial penalties. Therefore, regardless of the Arizona misdemeanor crime you are charged with, we recommend consulting an aggressive defense attorney who will make sure your legal rights are protected throughout your entire ordeal.
It is important to understand how Arizona classifies and penalizes people who are found guilty of the three misdemeanor classes. Let’s learn more about the three Arizona misdemeanor classes.
Class 1 Misdemeanors
According to A.R.S. § 13-707, the maximum penalty for a class 1 misdemeanor
is up to six months in jail and $2500 total in fines. The nature of the crime and any previous legal history can influence the overall fine amount and jail time. For example, any previous conviction, even for an otherwise minor Class 3 offense, can net a greater fine and sentence up to the maximum amount
Class 2 Misdemeanors
A class 2 Arizona misdemeanor can get a defendant up to four months in jail, as well as up to $750 in total fines. The same as with a Class 1 misdemeanor crime, any previous convictions can lead to an increase in both jail time and financial penalties even if the previous offense was a minor one, like a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Class 3 Misdemeanors
Class 3 Arizona misdemeanors can result in a 30 day jail sentence and fines totaling $500. Just like anyone facing a Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor, any previous convicted offenses can lead to increased jail sentencing and financial penalties if that person is found guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor charge.
Misdemeanor Sentencing Variables
As was mentioned already, a defendant’s legal history and the nature of the current offense can have significant implications for both jail time and financial penalties handed down by the court. In some cases, first time offenders can be sentenced to alternate forms of punishment, including diversion programs instead of jail time. However, fines are usually still handed down in most cases and regardless of a defendant’s legal record.
In some cases, the defendant might be offered a plea bargain. Plea bargains can potentially reduce or take off some charges. However, they can also cause lasting effects on one’s criminal record, which can follow a person’s work and home life for many years to come. This is why it is very important to consult with an experienced defense attorney for any Arizona misdemeanor charges you might be facing.
Trust Laboy Law With Your Misdemeanor Defense in Arizona
Laboy Law provides focused legal assistance to our clients facing any type of misdemeanor charge in Arizona. Our team of legal professionals are dedicated to diligently defending your rights. We will make sure that every defense strategy and legal option is on the table. Please contact us today for a private consultation to discuss your misdemeanor defense in Arizona at 602-777-3368.