What is the difference in punishment between a felony and a misdemeanor in Arizona?

A felony is a much more serious crime than a misdemeanor, and that is probably best reflected in the presumptive prison sentences for each:

Misdemeanors in Arizona
  • Class 3: 30 days
  • Class 2: 4 months
  • Class 1: 6 months

Felonies in Arizona
  • Class 6: 1 year
  • Class 5: 1.5 years
  • Class 4: 2.5 years
  • Class 3: 3.5 years
  • Class 2: 5 years
  • Class 1: 25 years to life (potential death penalty for first degree murder)

In addition, felony sentences are generally carried out in a state prison instead of a local jail. Some misdemeanors are punishable by fines instead of jail time. In some cases, such as assault versus aggravated assault, specific circumstances determine how the crime is classified and how severe the punishment will be.

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