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:

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • 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!

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