Criminal Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
Sentencing and Criminal Convictions
When a person is convicted of any type of criminal offense, he or she will face a specific sentence decided on by the judge presiding over by the case. Sentencing may vary distinctly from case to case, based upon certain mitigating or aggravating factors. A prior criminal conviction, for example, may serve to increase the sentence that a defendant faces.
If you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges in the Phoenix area and are interested in finding out what type of sentence you may face if convicted, a criminal defense lawyer at our firm can help. The Wallin Law Firm is here to protect your interests and concerns in the face of your charges to help you avoid these harsh penalties, which may include imprisonment, fines, restitution, community service, driver's license suspension, sex offender registration and mandatory counseling or rehabilitation.
According to 2010 Criminal Sentencing Provisions in Arizona, the following sentences may be imposed for misdemeanor offenses:
- Class 1 misdemeanor - up to 6 months in jail / fine of up to $2,500
- Class 2 misdemeanor - up to 4 months in jail / fine of up to $750
- Class 3 misdemeanor - up to 30 days in jail / fine of up to $500
- Petty offense - no jail time / fine of up to $300
Sentencing for felony offenses will vary greatly depending on whether the crime is considered a "dangerous" offense as well as various mitigating or aggravating factors.
The general sentencing ranges for first time "non-dangerous" felony offenses are listed below:
- Class 2 felony - 3 to 12.5 years in prison
- Class 3 felony - 2 to 8.75 years in prison
- Class 4 felony - 1 to 3.75 years in prison
- Class 5 felony - .5 to 2.5 years in prison
- Class 6 felony - .33 to 2 years in prison
The general sentencing ranges for first time "dangerous" felony offenses are listed below:
- Class 2 felony - 7 to 21 years in prison
- Class 3 felony - 5 to 15 years in prison
- Class 4 felony - 4 to 8 years in prison
- Class 5 felony - 2 to 4 years in prison
- Class 6 felony - 1.5 to 3 years in prison
A defendant may also face a fine of up to $150,000 per charge as an individual or $1,000,000 per charge as an enterprise.
Now is your chance to find out more about your case and the sentencing you may face. Contact a Phoenix criminal attorney at our law offices for a confidential consultation.