What are the Classes of Felonies and Their Penalties in Arizona?

Felonies in Arizona are criminal actions subject to one or more years of imprisonment in a state penitentiary. Arizona law divides felonies into classes ranging from Class 1 felonies, which are the most serious, to Class 6 felonies, which are the least serious. Arizona Revised Statute 13-704. Dangerous offenders; sentencing establishes the following sentencing ranges, with a minimum, presumptive (most common sentence) and maximum sentence for each felony:

Felony

Minimum years

Presumptive years

Maximum years

Class 2

7

10.5

21

Class 3

5

7.5

15

Class 4

4

6

8

Class 5

2

3

4

Class 6

1.5

2.5

3

Class 1 felonies include first- and second-degree murder. First-degree murder carries a penalty of life in prison or capital punishment. Second-degree murder has a presumptive penalty of 16 years in prison.

Aggravated circumstances or a conviction for a repeated offense makes a particular class of felony subject to greater penalties. Consequently, there are additional factors that affect sentencing, aside from the felony class — including whether aggravated factors will increase penalties or mitigating factors will lessen them.

If you face felony charges, your freedom is at stake — making it vital to have an experienced Tucson felony defense attorney protect you from harsh legal penalties.

At Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC, criminal law is all we do and we have helped numerous clients effectively defend against criminal charges, including felonies.

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