If you are facing an Arizona assault charge, then you should understand the differences between simple assault and aggravated assault.

Simple Assault
An Arizona simple assault charge, or misdemeanor assault, can result when you:

  • Put someone else in fear of bodily harm
  • Touch another person with the intent to cause physical injury
  • Cause physical injury to another person

Penalties of simple assault charges
If you are convicted of a simple assault charge, you could be:

  • Sentenced up to 12 months in prison
  • Fined up to $2,500

Aggravated Assault
Aggravated assault charges are more serious and result when:

  • You cause serious physical injury
  • Your crime was committed with a deadly weapon
  • You cause temporary but significant disfigurement or fracture to another person
  • The assault occurred after you entered someone's private residence
  • The victim is a police officer, firefighter, teacher, medical professional, or prison guard


Aggravated assault is considered a class 3 felony and can result in a long prison sentence. If you have been charged with a simple or aggravated assault charge, contact us today to order a copy of our free book, Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know.

Also, contact one of our Phoenix criminal lawyers at the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).

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