Assault and Other Violent Crimes


arrested assault scottsdale, azArmed Robbery

Being charged with armed robbery can have many serious repercussions.  Armed robbery is a Class 2 Felony and depending on a variety of factors, may be designated a non-dangerous or dangerous offense.  If, for example, it is designated a dangerous offense, one could face a minimum of 7 years in prison to a maximum of 21 years depending on a variety of mitigating and aggravating factors, even for a first offense.  Dow Law Office will examine the State’s case to discover any weaknesses and represent your interest vigorously to get you the best result possible.



Have you been charged with Robbery? Robbery is a Class 4 felony, which can carry a sentence of 1 to 3.75 years in prison for a first time, non-dangerous offense.  If the State designates the offense as a dangerous offense, the sentence could be 4 to 8 years for a first offense.  Dow Law Office is committed to advising you of  your rights, will vigorously represent your interests and will advise you of the process throughout the entire proceeding.



Pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-1203, A person commits assault by: (1) Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; or (2) Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or (3) Knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person. A person charged with assault faces a possible class 1 misdemeanor to class 3 misdemeanor and faces a possible sentence ranging from probation through six months in jail.


Contact Dow Law Office so that an experienced criminal defense attorney can review the facts and circumstances surrounding the assault and develop a plan of action tailored to your case. An experienced attorney will review the police report to develop possible defenses and make sure that your constitutional rights were not violated throughout the course of your arrest.


Aggravated Assault

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-1203, a person commits an assault if the person causes “physical injury to another person”, places another person in “reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury” or knowingly touches another person with the “intent to injure.”   Pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-1204, the charge may become aggravated under circumstances that include, but are not limited to (1) “serious physical injury to another”; (2) ”the person uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument” (3) “commits the assault after entering the private home of another with the intent to commit the assault; (4) if the assault is committed by a person above the age of 18 against a person under the age of 18; (5) the assault is against a police officer, firefighter, constable, or health care professional while engaged in official duties.


Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence occurs if a dangerous crime is committed against a child or if there is a relationship between the alleged victim and the defendant. For example, a dangerous crime committed between the defendant and the alleged victim may be designated a domestic violence charge if the parties are spouses, ex-spouses, reside in the same household, have a child in common, have been or are currently involved in a romantic or sexual relationship, among others. If, for example, one is charged with assault and the assault is also designated a domestic violence charge, the sentence will typically be that of the assault charge. However, the domestic violence charge is a series charge that will have an impact on the defendant’s future. A domestic violence charge may impact one’s ability to rent a home, may impact child custody decisions and potential employment.


A domestic violence charge has serious ramifications, however, an experienced criminal defense attorney can review the circumstances that led to the domestic violence designation. The domestic violence designation is very fact intensive and an experienced attorney can interview the witnesses, review the police report and make sure that constitutional rights were not violated during the arrest.  Contact the Dow Law Office here to connect with a legal advisor.