A misdemeanor is a type of criminal offense, which is more serious than a petty offense, but less serious than a felony. Even though misdemeanors are generally classified as lesser crimes and are distinctly different from felony offenses; however, a misdemeanor conviction can still cost you harsh penalties, including jail time, fines, and probation. Arizona grades misdemeanor crimes on degrees of classification, with penalties of each class varies depending on the classification. It is important to remember, though, that each misdemeanor offense could potentially be increased to a felony, and if you have been charged, you need to work with a Phoenix misdemeanor attorney as soon as possible to try to limit the severe professional and personal consequences if convicted.
Being charged with a crime is a terrifying experience. Those arrested or charged with a criminal offense need a skilled and knowledgeable advocate on their side. The misdemeanor lawyers at Stone Rose Law understands what is at stake for those charged criminally and works hard to make sure his clients’ interests are absolutely defended. Our office handles all types of misdemeanor cases and understands that every case is different and may require unique defense strategies. Today, contact Stone Rose Law to speak with one of our criminal defense lawyers in Phoenix about your misdemeanor charges online or by calling (480) 498-8998.
Some common Arizona misdemeanors that the Phoenix misdemeanor attorneys at Stone Rose Law help with include the following types of offenses:
If you’ve been charged with any of the common misdemeanors listed above, reach out to Stone Rose Law to schedule a free case evaluation with a skilled misdemeanor lawyer in Phoenix, AZ.
There are three classes of misdemeanors in Arizona, class 1, class 2, and class 3.
A class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious and carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail, probation, and a maximum fine of $2,500 plus a surcharge. Simple assault with injuries, DUI, and disorderly conduct are some of the most commonly charged class 1 misdemeanors.
A class 2 misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by up to four months in jail, probation, and a maximum fine of $750 plus a surcharge. Common class 2 misdemeanors are reckless driving, leaving the scene of a non-injury accident, and criminal damage in an amount under $250.
Meanwhile, a class 3 misdemeanor is the least serious misdemeanor. A class 3 misdemeanor is punishable by up to thirty days in jail, probation, and a maximum fine of $500 plus a surcharge. Common class 3 misdemeanors are criminal speeding and trespass in the third degree.
Although misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, they are still serious criminal offenses and can still have a negative impact on your life. For instance, a misdemeanor conviction could show up on a background check and impair your ability to obtain employment or housing. A misdemeanor conviction may also come with significant social stigmatization, as in the case of domestic violence offenses. Because of this, it is unwise to take a misdemeanor charge lightly and you should speak with a Phoenix misdemeanor attorney as soon as possible.
The misdemeanor attorneys at Stone Rose Law are experienced in handling all aspects of the criminal process. If you care about your job, your future, and your good name then you owe it to yourself to retain experienced counsel to defend you against any misdemeanor prosecution. Reach out to Stone Rose Law for help in obtaining the best possible outcome for you and your case. You can schedule your free consultation regarding the Arizona misdemeanor charges you may be facing by calling our local law office at (480) 498-8998.