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Nuñez Law Firm

Phoenix Dangerous Crimes Lawyer

If you or someone you love is facing a charge related to a dangerous or violent crime, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At the Nunez Law Firm, PLLC, we have a thorough understanding of how these charges can affect your life. Our Phoenix dangerous crimes lawyers will conduct a full investigation into your case in an effort to get them reduced or dismissed. You are facing serious time in prison if convicted of a violent or dangerous crime, so please call us for help with your case today.

Why Choose Our Law Firm?

If someone you care about is facing a dangerous or violent crime charge, you need to turn to an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally. Nunez Law Firm, PLLC is ready to help.

  • Our team is dedicated to providing first-class service to every client, which means that you will always have access to your attorney to ask any questions or concerns you have about your case.
  • We have more than 20 years of experience handling complicated legal matters, including criminal defense cases for dangerous crimes.
  • Not only do we take the time to explain the laws and legal rights to our clients, but we counsel them on all likely outcomes and possible consequences of these charges.

Understanding Dangerous Crimes Charges In Phoenix

Dangerous and violent crimes in Arizona are typically defined as a crime committed using a weapon or dangerous instrument or a crime that causes physical harm or injury to another person. There is a wide range of crimes that could be considered “dangerous” in Phoenix. All violent and dangerous crimes committed in Arizona call for prison sentences as well as additional punishments under “aggravated sentencing.”

Dangerous crimes in Arizona include a range of criminal activities, including the following:

  • Kidnapping
  • Felony assault
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Arson
  • First-degree burglary
  • Threatening or intimidation
  • Robbery and armed robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault

There are various other crimes that could be considered “dangerous” in Arizona. It is important to recognize that the facts related to each particular alleged criminal incident could result in enhanced penalties being sought by prosecutors. A Phoenix dangerous crimes attorney will analyze your case and decide what’s the best strategy to defend these charges.

What Are The Penalties For Dangerous Crimes In Phoenix?

In Arizona, there are various felony and misdemeanor classes, and each has a particular sentence attached. A dangerous or violent offense in Arizona is typically going to fall under the felony classification. In Arizona, these felonies have the following presumed sentences:

  • Class 2 felony: 5 years
  • Class 3 felony: 3.5 years
  • Class 4 felony: 2.5 years
  • Class 5 felony: 1.5 years
  • Class 6 felony: 1 year

However, if a court determines that there were aggravating circumstances surrounding the offense committed, they will raise these circumstances presented by the prosecutor. Absent any mitigating circumstances presented by the defense, a judge will decide if additional penalties are warranted for the dangerous crime. In many cases, aggravating circumstances result in an increase in the maximum penalties.

In order for a court to apply aggravated sentencing to a conviction penalty, there would generally need to be various aggravating factors involved. Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-701, there are now 27 aggravating factors that can be considered when deciding whether or not to enhance a penalty. Amongst these factors includes the following:

  • Causing or threatening to cause serious injury to a victim
  • Involved in accessory or accomplice
  • The value of the property unlawfully damaged or taken
  • If a person was hired to commit the crime
  • If an unborn child died as a result of the crime
  • If the defendant had a prior felony conviction in the last 10 years
  • Using or possessing or threatening to use a gun or other deadly weapon
  • If the offense was a hate crime
  • If the defendant was convicted of DUI and had a blood alcohol content of .15% or higher and caused the death of another person
  • and more

There are numerous ways that prosecutors can argue that there are aggravating circumstances and, thereby, turn criminal charges into a “dangerous crime.” The best way to prevent these aggravating circumstances from affecting any potential conviction is to seek assistance from a Phoenix dangerous crimes attorney to help you with every step of your case.

How Can an Attorney Help With a Dangerous Crimes Charge?

A Phoenix dangerous crimes lawyer would be an invaluable asset to your case. The truth is that you do have the right to an attorney, and a public defender will be assigned to your case. However, public defenders typically have dozens of cases to handle aside from yours. When you seek assistance from your own criminal defense attorney, you are ensuring that you have a lawyer focused on your needs.

The investigation of a violent or dangerous crime in Arizona is very aggressive and thorough. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors will work very hard to prove their case against you. However, your attorney can conduct their own investigation into the incident. Your lawyer will not rely solely on the evidence and information presented by prosecutors. Your attorney will:

  • Obtain any additional evidence related to the incident, including potential video or photographic evidence, statements from eyewitnesses, and more.
  • Continually communicate with prosecutors in an effort to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. This could include a discussion of plea deals that could lower the potential sentencing for your case.
  • Fully prepare your case for trial if that is what it takes to ensure that you are treated fairly and that justice is served.

Schedule a Free Consultation Of Your Case

If you or someone you care about has been accused of committing a dangerous crime, please seek legal assistance from a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At the Nunez Law Firm, PLLC, we are going to investigate every aspect of your case when you turn to us for help. When you are facing a dangerous crime charge, do not rely on an overworked public defender. Reach out to our dangerous crimes attorneys for a free consultation of your case, contact us online or call us at (602) 500-0000.