Tucson Felonies & Misdemeanors Attorneys
Justice in Arizona State and Federal Courts
Nesci & St. Louis represents individuals who have been accused of crimes in Arizona state and federal courts. Our Tucson criminal lawyers have nearly 40 years of combined experience and the relentless determination to obtain 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 a $800.00 fine
- Class 2 misdemeanor — up to four months in jail and a $780.00 fine
- Class 1 misdemeanor — up to six months in jail and a $2,800.00 fine
Felony Classifications in Arizona
Felony charges are more severe than misdemeanors and carry harsher penalties for conviction. A felony is any crime punishable by a year or more in prison. As with misdemeanors, felonies are categorized by their severity. The least serious offenses are classified as Class 6 felonies.
The worst type of felonies, Class 1 offenses, carry a maximum punishment of a 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:
- Loss of voting rights
- Loss of gun-ownership rights
- Job restrictions
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, if your charges cannot be dismissed, we will work to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor, if possible, in your case.
What Does It Mean to Be a Certified Criminal Law Specialist?
Our Tucson felony and misdemeanor defense attorney Joseph P. St. Louis is a Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Arizona State Bar. Board certification has stringent requirements that involve a rigorous application process, requiring extensive work defending individuals accused of crimes, numerous trials, passing a written examination and peer review.
Joe is also qualified as learned counsel, a designation reserved for lawyers with the skills and experience to represent defendants in federal capital cases. It is essential that you 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 today at (520) 999-2441 to schedule your free initial consultation.