Just because you have been charged with a crime, does not mean that you are guilty. If you face criminal charges in Arizona, your finances and your freedom are at stake. Whether you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or traffic offense, criminal charges carry serious penalties.
You have constitutional rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp can defend your case to possibly reduce or even dismiss your criminal charges.
Fight Your Traffic Offenses
Pulled over and given a ticket? You face either a civil or criminal traffic offense. Civil penalties have lower punishment potential, and usually are limited to a fine or "ticket." Criminal traffic offenses are more serious, and you face higher penalties as a result.
Criminal traffic offenses include:
- Reckless Driving
- Racing on Highway
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Aggressive Driving
- Criminal Speeding
- Accident involving serious injury or death
Our attorneys are very familiar with the Arizona court system and how to fight your traffic ticket.
A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony, but it still carries with it the possibility of fines and jail time. An attorney can guide you through the complicated and stressful legal process.
Arizona has three classes of misdemeanor: 1, 2, and 3. While you cannot go to state prison for a misdemeanor, you can face local jail time. The penalties you face depend on your charge and the facts of your case. You may also be required to pay restitution, perform community service, or have your driver's license suspended.
Misdemeanor charges include:
- Unlawful Imprisonment
- Indecent Exposure
- Theft or Shoplifting
- Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
- Misdemeanor Drug Offenses
The list above is only a small sample of the many misdemeanor charges in Arizona. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, proper legal representation will protect your rights.
Felonies are crimes punishable by terms of one year or more in an Arizona state prison. Felonies range from Class 1 (the most serious) to Class 6 (the least serious). If you have been convicted of a felony previously this can affect the penalties you face for your current charge.
Arizona felony charges include:
- Murder, Attempted Murder, Felony Murder
- Assault, Aggravated Assault
- Rape, Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Possession or Trafficking of Drugs
- Theft, Burglary, Fraud, Embezzlement
- Failure to Appear in Court for a Felony Proceeding
Depending on your charge, you could face deportation. If you are not a U.S. citizen, even if you are here legally, a crime could affect your immigration status. Not every crime is a deportable offense. The law on deportation is complex, but you do not need to face it alone.
To understand the effect your criminal charges could have on your immigration status, contact our criminal defense attorneys for help with your case.
Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp are here to represent you and protect your rights. Our office has years of experience defending criminal charges in Arizona.
We serve clients in Mohave, Yavapai, La Paz, and Coconino Counties, including the communities of Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, Parker, Prescott, Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. Contact us today for a free consultation.