Lawyer for Felony Charges in Phoenix, AZ
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If you were charged with a felony crime in Arizona, it’s in your best interest to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix felony attorneys are well-equipped to handle even the most serious of charges. Call our firm today to discuss your case and determine your legal options.
Our felony defense lawyers in Phoenix are available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us at (602) 428-7104 or online to get started with a free initial consultation.
How Felonies Are Classified & Punished in Arizona
Felony crimes fall under six categories or classifications under Arizona Law. These classifications are ranked from 1 to 6 in terms of severity, with 1 being the most serious. Someone charged with a Class 2-6 felony may be looking at a range of sentencing options – presumptive, aggravated, or mitigated sentences.
The majority of people charged with a felony will be given the presumptive sentence, but certain circumstances could lead to a longer sentence. Aggravating circumstances could include: if the victim is a senior citizen, if the crime was especially heinous or cruel, if there was an accomplice, and more.
The person charged with a crime may face a mitigated sentence if certain criteria is met, like if they were of a young age when the crime was committed or if they only had limited participation in the crime. No matter what class of crime was committed, each level comes with its own penalties and sentencing:
Class 6 Felonies
Someone charged with a Class 6 felony would face a presumptive sentence of one year in prison and an aggravated sentence of two years in prison. Depending on the situation, the person charged with a Class 6 felony could have their charges designated as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Class 5 Felonies
Someone charged with a Class 5 felony would face a presumptive sentence of two years in prison and an aggravated sentence of two and a half years in prison.
Class 4 Felonies
Someone charged with a Class 4 felony would face a presumptive sentence of two and a half years in prison and an aggravated sentence of three years and nine months in prison.
Class 3 Felonies
Someone charged with a Class 3 felony would face a presumptive sentence of three and a half years in prison and an aggravated sentence of eight years and nine months in prison.
Class 2 Felonies
Someone charged with a Class 2 felony would face a presumptive sentence of five years in prison and an aggravated sentence of 12 and a half years in prison.
Class 1 Felonies
Murder is the only crime that falls under this class in Arizona, and there is no differentiation between presumptive and aggravated sentences in these cases. Someone charged with second-degree murder faces 16 years to life in prison, and someone charged with first-degree murder faces life in prison or death.
Arizona law also permits judges to fine people convicted of a crime up to $150,000 depending on the crime, with potential additional fines for certain drug-related crimes.
Serious Charges Require a Serious Defense
At MayesTelles PLLC, our felony attorneys in Phoenix have secured countless favorable verdicts and legal outcomes for our clients. When you work with us, we will be by your side throughout the entire legal process. Call our offices at (602) 428-7104 today, or fill out our online form to tell us about your case.