Arizona Defense Attorneys for Felonies & Misdemeanors Representation
Justice in Arizona state and federal courts
From our Tucson location, Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC represents individuals who have been accused of crimes in Arizona state and federal courts. Our lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experience and the hard-hitting determination to reach the best outcomes possible in your case.
Misdemeanor classifications in Arizona
Misdemeanors in Arizona are divided into three classifications that correspond to the seriousness of the charge and that carry progressively more severe penalties. The maximum sentence you can receive is:
- Class 3 misdemeanor — up to 30 days in jail and $500 fine
- Class 2 misdemeanor — up to four months in jail and $750 fine
- Class 1 misdemeanor — up to six months in jail and $2,500 fine
Felony classifications in Arizona
Felony charges are more severe than misdemeanors and carry harsher penalties for conviction. As with misdemeanors, felonies are subdivided by their severity. The least serious offenses are classified as class 6 felonies. The worst class 1 offenses carry a maximum life sentence and include capital cases that are punishable by death. Potential imprisonment may increase if a defendant is determined to be a dangerous offender or has been previously convicted of one or more dangerous crimes such as aggravated assault, murder or rape.
Long-term consequences of felony charges
Individuals convicted of felonies may suffer long-term consequences, including:
Additionally, convicted sex offenders may also have to register with law enforcement in Arizona and in any other state where they reside, work or attend school. Employers often ask about felonies and may deny job opportunities to people who have criminal records. To avoid these harsh, life-long consequences, we may consider ways to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor if appropriate in your case.
What does it mean to be a Certified Criminal Law Specialist?
Our attorney Joseph P. St. Louis is a State Bar of Arizona Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist. Board certification has stringent requirements that involve a rigorous application process and peer review. He is also qualified as learned counsel, a designation reserved for lawyers with the skills and experience to represent defendants in federal capital cases.
Consult with an experienced defense lawyer about your misdemeanor or felony charges
For effective representation for your misdemeanor or felony charges, call Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC today at 520.777.0235 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.