Phoenix Arizona Vehicular Crimes Defense Attorney
In Arizona, an auto accident with injury or death involving alcohol or drugs can result in serious Arizona criminal charges. If you leave the scene of the accident, additional charges can be added. In Arizona, vehicular assaults and manslaughter are viewed and prosecuted as seriously as shooting or killing someone with a handgun.
Although many may view this type of situation as an 'accident, Arizona aggressively prosecutes driving recklessly. What this means is that even though there is nothing intentional about an accident, a negligent driver can still be convicted and receive a serious sentence. This includes lose of your right to drive, probation fines, community service, counseling, jail, even prison.
Defending Vehicular Crimes in Arizona
Our criminal defense firm represents clients who have been charged in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Valley-wide Arizona facing many types of vehicular crimes, including:
- Negligent Homicide
- Vehicular Aggravated Assault
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Unlawful flight
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
The impact of an Arizona vehicular crime on you, your family, employment and other aspects of your life can be profound. Before you talk with police, call James Novak, an experienced Arizona vehicular crimes defense attorney as soon as possible. We handle a wide range of vehicular crimes, including misdemeanors and felonies.
Arizona Vehicular crimes include but are not limited to:
Negligent Homicide A.R.S. § 13-1102
In Arizona, a driver that causes the death of another person in an accident can be charged with negligent Arizona criminal negligence" means that the driver fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk, where a reasonable person clearly would have.
If you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and caused an accident and death you can face a charge of negligent homicide. Negligent homicide is a serious Arizona felony criminal charge. A conviction for negligent homicide can result in a term of imprisonment of up to 3.75 years for a first offense.
Aggravated Assault A.R.S. § 13-1204
In Arizona, a driver that causes a serious injury of another person can be charged with aggravated assault. Arizona aggravated assault includes recklessly causing serious physical injury to another.
An Arizona aggravated assault is a serious Arizona felony criminal charge. It may be prosecuted and classified as a "dangerous offense." A conviction for a "dangerous" class 3 felony means that you are not eligible for probation and could result in a mandatory prison sentence range of 5 to 15 years.
Endangerment A.R.S. § 13-1201
The Arizona prosecution will usually add endangerment as a separate felony charge in an Arizona aggravated assault or Arizona felony DUI case. In Arizona the crime of endangerment is defined as recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or personal injury.
Arizona Endangerment is a class 6 felony if the factors support a substantial risk of death to the victim. If facing an Arizona endangerment criminal offense you could face a possible sentence of up to 3 years in prison.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident A.R.S. § 28-661
In Arizona, If you are part of an auto accident that involves injury or death and knowingly fail to stop and give reasonable assistance, you can be charged with a felony. If the accident involves something less than serious injury or death, the criminal offense is a class 5 felony, punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison. If the accident results in serious injury or death, the criminal offense is a class 3 felony, punishable by up to 8.75 years in prison. Worst still, if you caused the auto accident, the offense is a class 2 felony, punishably by up to 12.5 years in prison. This sentence must run consecutively (back-to-back) to any other criminal sentence imposed for other criminal convictions related to the accident.
Arizona Vehicular Offenses Criminal Defense Attorney
If you were involved in an accident and facing criminal charges with any Arizona vehicular crime, you must treat the Arizona vehicular crimes charges very seriously, as you can be convicted and sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence.
At The Law Office of James Novak a Greater Phoenix, Arizona criminal defense law firm we will evaluate your case and discuss how we can help you fight the Arizona vehicular charges against you. We fight to provide a strong Arizona criminal defense to negotiate with prosecutors and get the charges reduced or dismissed.
Regardless of what actions we take in your case, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney who can help you protect your freedom and your driver's license. Call today at 480-413-1499 for your FREE initial consultation with an Arizona criminal defense attorney.
If you or someone you know have been arrested or under investigation for an Arizona vehicular crime, contact James Novak to learn more about your rights. In your FREE initial consultation, we will discuss your case and provide honest advice about your options. Don’t wait. Call our office to make an appointment at (480) 413-1499 today.