In Arizona, cases of threats and intimidation are not viewed lightly in the judicial system. Threatening or intimidating is included under Chapter 12 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, along with assault and similar offenses.
Threatening or intimidating can be physical or verbal, and may include injury to another person or another person’s property. Although these concepts may seem subjective, and often are, they are taken very seriously in court, and are sometimes charged in conjunction with related offenses, like domestic violence.
Defining Threatening or Intimidating in Arizona
Getting the right legal defense against threatening and intimidation firsts starts with understanding its definition. According to Arizona Revised Statute 13-1202, threatening or intimidating can include:
- Physical or verbal injury to another person
- Significant damage to another person’s property
- Causing public inconveniences, such as evacuations
- Members of gangs or crime syndicates injuring others
Most often, the victim of threatening or intimidating conduct has a unique, subjective view of the situation. Unlike other crimes, it is not clear when someone is or is not threatened or intimidated, as it is a personal, rather than objective, state.
Because of this, the legal defense for threatening and intimidation charges must be aggressive and unwavering. If there are other charges present, the importance of having a strong defense is even more paramount.
Punishments for Threatening and Intimidating
A.R.S. 13-1202 states that the penalty for injuring someone or damaging another’s property out of intimidation can be a class 1 misdemeanor. If that conduct is done in retaliation for someone reporting criminal conduct, such as assault or domestic violence, this can become a class 6 felony.
This is also the case when this conduct is committed by a “criminal street gang member.” Threatening or intimidating in order to promote a gang or crime group can be a class 3 felony.
Defending Against Intimidation Charges
Often, threatening and intimidating charges are brought against someone based solely on their side of the situation. Because of the subjective nature of intimidation, determining facts and falsehoods can be difficult at best.
A legal defense against threatening and intimidation takes this into consideration, and attempts to identify inaccurate information and statements. There are complexities that can only be handled by skilled legal teams, like that of JacksonWhite Law.
At JacksonWhite, we’ve helped thousands of clients in the Phoenix metro area get the legal defense they deserve. We offer our clients affordable, comprehensive and effective legal services that can reduce your penalties and the impact of your charges.
Do You Need Help with a Threatening or Intimidating Charge?
Threatening or intimidating charges require a solid legal defense, and the team at JacksonWhite Law can provide just that. If you’ve been charged, contact our office today to receive a free case consultation with our attorneys.
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