Aggravated assault is a more serious crime than simple assault. It is when a person commits physical, verbal or sexual assault, and:
- The assault causes serious physical injury to another.
- Uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument to commit the assault.
- Commits the assault while the victim is bound or otherwise physically restrained.
- The person is eighteen years of age or older and commits the assault on a child who is fifteen years of age or younger.
Aggravated assault may be charged as a class-2 or class-3 felony, and is punishable by imprisonment, fines, probation and community service. If a deadly or dangerous weapon is used to commit the crime, the imprisonment penalties are more severe and vary from 1.5 (minimum) to 35 (maximum) years, depending on if the person has committed prior offenses. Those charged with aggravated assault in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale or Chandler should promptly consult with a Mesa aggravated assault lawyer to begin preparing their defense.