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Defending You Against Criminal Charges

If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Arizona, or if you are involved in a forfeiture case, you need a trustworthy attorney on your side. At Ortega & Ortega, PLLC, our attorneys have been practicing criminal defense law in Arizona for more than a decade, and they can help you fight for your rights. Se habla español.

Felonies Versus Misdemeanors: What’s The Difference?

We have worked with people facing a variety of charges, including DUI, drug charges, theft and assault. Having an experienced attorney at your side is crucial. Without proper representation, you could be risking your future. Criminal charges in Arizona fall into one of two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Understandably, many people don’t understand the difference.

Misdemeanors in Arizona are divided into three classes. Class 1 misdemeanors are the most severe crimes in this category, while Class 3 misdemeanors are the least severe crimes. The possible consequences for each of these classes vary based on the severity.

  • Class 3 misdemeanor convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail.
  • Class 2 misdemeanor convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $750 and up to four months in jail.
  • Class 1 misdemeanor convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Felonies in Arizona are divided into six classes based on their severity. While Class 1 felonies are the most serious, Class 6 felonies are the least serious in this category. Possible consequences of felony convictions are as follows.

  • Class 6 felony convictions are punishable by up to two years in prison.
  • Class 5 felony convictions are punishable by up to two and a half years in prison.
  • Class 4 felony convictions are punishable by up to three years and nine months in prison.
  • Class 3 felony convictions are punishable by up to eight years and nine months in prison.
  • Class 2 felony convictions are punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison.
  • Class 1 felony convictions are punishable by 16 years to life in prison.

Make sure you have a criminal defense lawyer you can trust. We are here to represent you from beginning to end. For answers to all of your questions and a team that is committed to representing your best interests, retain our services.

Contact Us Today To Schedule A Consultation

If you are facing criminal charges in Phoenix, Maricopa County, or elsewhere in the state, contact Ortega & Ortega, PLLC, today by calling 480-637-0907. Don’t wait any longer.

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