When you or a member of your family has been arrested for a violent crime, it is important that you move as quickly as possible to begin assembling your defense. Violent crimes are an issue aggressively targeted by law enforcement and can lead to very serious criminal charges that could put you in jail and compromise your record for the remainder of your life.
Defending against a violent crime charge in Arizona requires informed and experienced legal advocacy from a Scottsdale violent crime defense attorney who knows the local courts and how to make things happen in them. The experienced Scottsdale violent crime attorneys from The Law Offices of John Phebus are standing by to review your case.
Violent Crime is Taken Seriously in Arizona
In Arizona, a violent crime includes any criminal act that results in death or physical injury or any criminal use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Violent crime can include:
Certain Sex Crimes
Arizona law takes violent crime seriously, and violence in the context of other crimes can be used to enhance the charge, meaning that the punishment can be increased in scope and severity. A violent crime conviction can lead to harsh sentencing in Arizona alongside additional sentencing for serious, violent, or aggravated offenses.
The punishments for violent crimes include:
paying restitution to the victim
performing community service
completing anger management classes
a permanent criminal record
jail or prison sentences
Arizona police thoroughly investigate violent crime and are trained in the investigation and arrest of those who are suspected of such crimes. Once a report of a violent crime has been received by the police, it is their duty and obligation to aggressively pursue it, which can include questioning witnesses and even working to have you admit to committing parts of a crime that you may not even have been involved in.
Your Attorney Communicates on Your Behalf with Law Enforcement
As you might have seen on various television shows, if the police intimidate a person into admitting to committing a crime that they did not actually commit, it can still lead to time in jail, and even the potential of being falsely convicted. Fact mirrors fiction, and if the police are able to intimidate or double-talk their way into getting you to admit to anything that might be criminal, you could wind up in jail. You have constitutional rights when it comes to police interrogations, and you do not have to speak to them without a lawyer. Once you have a Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer, protect your rights and handle the rest of your case.
Discuss Your Violent Crime Charge with an Experienced Criminal Attorney
To ensure that your rights are respected and your freedom and record maintained, working with a violent crime charge lawyer will help on your case. We will collect evidence in support of your position, and challenge the prosecution’s case every step of the way to ensure that no charges stick that are not fully supported by evidence and the law.
Reach out to schedule a consultation or call (623) 847-7117 to discuss options on how we can help you put together the strongest possible defense against your charges to ensure the best possible outcome.