Typical misdemeanor charges in the State of Arizona include underage drinking, simple assault, domestic violence assault, shoplifting of low value merchandise, and DUI, to name a few. While misdemeanor charges are not as serious as felony charges and do not result in prison sentences or revocation of your civil rights, they can still result in significant consequences and should not be taken lightly.

Based on the facts of your case and your prior history, Arizona law allows and sometimes mandates serious penalties for misdemeanor charges including jail, fines, probation, and loss of driving privileges.

Arizona categorizes misdemeanors into the following three classes based on their seriousness:

Class 3 misdemeanor: up to $500.00 fine and 30 days in jail
Class 2 misdemeanor: up to $750.00 fine and four months in jail
Class 1 misdemeanor: up to $2,500.00 fine and six months in jail

Before entering into any deals or entering your plea of “guilty,” “not guilty” or “no contest”, it is critical that you understand the potential outcomes. To ensure that your best interests are protected, it is important that you consult an experienced attorney who will explain the options and potential consequences of your charges and work with you to develop an effective defense strategy. A ‘not guilty” plea, even if you did commit the crime, might be an effective strategy for preserving your options while pleading guilty to a seemingly minor charge to make it go away quickly can result in a criminal conviction that can stay with you forever.

If you or a loved one is facing misdemeanor charges, you should consult with an experienced, qualified criminal law attorney who will review your case and explain your options. In his more than nine years of practice, Michael Kielsky has handled hundreds of criminal law cases and is ready to defend you with honest, aggressive, and confidential representation.

Contact Michael Kielsky, 24 hours a day, at 480.461.5309.


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