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Arizona law provides for mandatory prison terms and exacerbated sentences for those convicted of certain “dangerous crimes.” Crimes such as assault, homicide, domestic violence, and sometimes even DUI can qualify for a designation of and additional charge for a “dangerous offense.” Those convicted of a dangerous offense, even first time offenders, are ineligible for probation and must serve a mandatory prison term. Dangerous crimes in Arizona are those involving deadly weapons or other “dangerous instruments” such as beer bottles, chairs, or even a motor vehicle in some circumstances. Charges of arson, manslaughter, and aggravated DUI are often amended to include a dangerous crimes count as well. The in-depth knowledge of the criminal defense attorneys of The Weingart Firm can use motions to suppress evidence, scrutinization of warrant and search procedures, and expert testimony from forensic specialists to optimize the probability of achieving a favorable outcome for your legal issue.
The state of Arizona classifies more serious motor vehicle offenses such as hit and run, fleeing an officer of the law, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, and serious injury accidents caused by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as felonies requiring mandatory prison time upon conviction. Maricopa County, including the Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale areas, has a policy of foregoing plea negotiations in cases involving serious motor vehicle crimes. This fact means that there are often very limited options for avoiding prison for such offenses. Our expert criminal defense attorneys can help you by attacking the prosecution’s case on multiple fronts, by exploring the circumstances of the accident, and by using forensic experts to aid in your defense. If you have been charged with a vehicular related dangerous offense or if you are facing such charges with previous felony convictions, then our criminal defense attorneys can help defend you!
If you are facing serious charges for any type of violent crime in Arizona, then you are most likely in danger of being sentenced to a mandatory prison term if convicted. Violent crimes such as homicide, vehicular or negligent homicide, or felony assault often have extremely limited options for negotiating options for a plea deal. Our reliable and experienced criminal defense team represents individuals charged with violent crimes including Murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, arson, armed robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault resulting in serious injury, kidnapping, and many others. Several of our seasoned defense attorneys have extensive prosecutorial experience and in-depth knowledge of crime scene investigation that they can draw upon to defend your violent crime case and reduce your chances of being subjected to a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.