Misdemeanor consequences in Arizona carry up to six months jail and a fine not to exceed $2500. Arizona’s limited jurisdiction courts (local municipal and county justice courts) handle misdemeanor prosecutions. A misdemeanor is one of three categories of Arizona crimes. Specifically, the categories are:
- Petty Offenses
Arizona Class 1 through 3 Misdemeanor Consequences
Indeed, a misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony. All Arizona felonies are punishable by a possible prison sentence; however, misdemeanors are punishable by jail. Also, a petty offense is a type of misdemeanor. But, no possibility of jail and a fine not exceeding $300.
Specifically, there are three classes of Arizona misdemeanors. A.R.S. §. 13-707(A)(1)-(3) details the maximum sentence for each:
- Six months jail and/or $2,500 fine for a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
- Four months jail and/or $750 fine for a Class 2 Misdemeanor.
- Thirty days jail and/or a $500 fine for a Class 3 Misdemeanor.
Probation for these offenses is available per A.R.S. §13-902(A) as follows:
- Three years for a Class 1 Misdemeanor
- Two years for a Class 2 Misdemeanor
- One year for a Class 3 Misdemeanor
Enhanced Sentencing for Misdemeanors
Indeed, one should be aware of enhanced misdemeanor sentencing if the person has a prior misdemeanor conviction within the preceding two years. Specifically, A.R.S. §13-707(B) requires a person convicted for the same offense within two years must be sentenced for a Class 6 Felony. This is significant because a Class 6 Felony conviction carries a range of four months incarceration to a maximum two years.
A misdemeanor conviction in Arizona could have far-reaching consequences. For example, a misdemeanor conviction could result in being denied certain jobs or living situations due to disclosure on a lease agreement. Or from obtaining or maintaining a professional license. In addition, a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction prohibits a person from possessing a firearm per federal law. Certain misdemeanor convictions may also have immigration consequences.
A person facing a misdemeanor prosecution should retain an experienced attorney immediately. Huss Law has years of experience handling criminal cases in Arizona. Call Huss Law for a Free Consultation!Categories:: Criminal Defense