Phoenix Misdemeanor Lawyer

Misdemeanors are less severe than felonies, but a person can still serve jail time if convicted of a misdemeanor, with the exception of traffic violations. There are three levels of misdemeanors; the most severe misdemeanor is a class 1 misdemeanor, with the least severe being a class 3.

A.R.S. 13-707 – Misdemeanor Sentencing

Misdemeanor Type

Maximum Penalty

Class 1 Misdemeanor

6 months in jail

Class 2 Misdemeanor

4 months in jail

Class 3 Misdemeanor

30 days in jail

Fines often accompany a misdemeanor conviction, and can vary depending on the nature of the crime and whether or not it’s a first offense. Listed below is the maximum fine that can be imposed for each misdemeanor class.

A.R.S. 13-802 – Fines for Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor Type

Maximum Fine

Class 1 Misdemeanor


Class 2 Misdemeanor


Class 3 Misdemeanor


Petty Offense


In addition to jail time and fines, a misdemeanor offender is typically placed on probation for a period of time. The length of probation depends on which misdemeanor class the offender is convicted of. Below is a table that outlines the typical length of probation for misdemeanors in Arizona.

A.R.S. 13-902 – Probation

Misdemeanor Type

Length of Probation

Class 1 Misdemeanor

3 Years

Class 2 Misdemeanor

2 Years

Class 3 Misdemeanor

1 Year

Common Misdemeanors Include:

Animal Cruelty: Ranges from a class 1 misdemeanor to a felony.

Arson: Arson is a class 1 misdemeanor, but it can reach a class 2 felony if the circumstances are right.

Assault: Ranges from a class 3 misdemeanor to a class 1 misdemeanor depending on the circumstances.

Criminal Damage: Ranges from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 1 misdemeanor depending on the value of the property damaged. It can also reach into felony charges.

Criminal Trespassing: Ranges from a class 3 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony depending on the circumstances.

Disorderly Conduct: Is a class 1 misdemeanor, unless a dangerous or deadly weapon is present.

DUI: Driving under the influence is a class 1 misdemeanor.

Indecent Exposure: Class 1 misdemeanor if the person exposed to is over 15 years old.

Loitering: Ranges from a class 3 misdemeanor to a class 1 misdemeanor.

Prostitution: Ranges from a class 1 misdemeanor to a felony.

Resisting Arrest: Is a class 1 misdemeanor if it’s passive resistance. If it becomes violent, it’s a felony.

Shoplifting: This is a class 1 misdemeanor if the items are worth less than $1,000.

Theft: If the item stolen is worth less than $1,000, the crime is a class 1 misdemeanor.

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