Arizona Class Two Misdemeanors

There are many types of class 2 misdemeanors in Arizona. For many, this type of charge is their first encounter with the law. In dealing with this stressful situation, it’s helpful to initiate a free consultation with an Arizona criminal attorney. A defense lawyer can walk you through the criminal procedure, answer common questions, and offer proactive advice to protect your rights and future.

What is a Class 2 Misdemeanor in Arizona?

Arizona law provides three misdemeanor classes: class one, two, and three. See ARS 13-601. Class one is the most serious type because it carries the harshest penalties. At the other end of the spectrum are class three misdemeanors, which have the lowest maximum penalties. Class two misdemeanors are in the middle for potential penalties.

Arizona Class 2 Misdemeanors

What are the Penalties for Class 2 Misdemeanors in Arizona?

While prison cannot be imposed for an Arizona misdemeanor, jail is possible. Class two misdemeanors carry anywhere from no penalty to 4 months jail. If a judge orders less than four months jail, there can be as much as two years of probation. In addition, fines, assessments, fees, and surcharges are commonly assessed.  When jail is imposed, defendants must pay jail costs, unless waived by the judge.

Maximum Penalties for Class Two Misdemeanors in Arizona Under ARS 13-601(B)(2).

Other Potential Penalties for a Class 2 Misdemeanor.
Arizona judges may order many kinds of punitive, corrective, rehabilitative, and restorative penalties; the more common ones are these:

  • Diversion programs: classes, counseling, treatment, and community restitution.
  • Restitution, ARS 13-804 to pay victims for financial losses connected to the crime.
  • Community service at non-profit agencies.
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation.
  • Defensive Driving School.
  • Counseling and treatment.
Collateral Consequences with Arizona Class 2 Misdemeanors.
Class two misdemeanors can leave negative impacts on one’s life beyond the courtroom. All defendants should be aware of common collateral consequences in misdemeanor cases.

  • A class two misdemeanor may leave a permanent and public criminal record.
  • Loss of the right to use, possess, or own guns.
  • Detrimental impacts on legal status, immigration, and re-entry.
  • Implications to current or future professional licensing.
  • Career and employment impacts.
  • Revocations, restrictions, and suspensions to driver licenses.
  • Custody and divorce implications.
  • Increased insurance rates.
  • And much more.

Where are Misdemeanor Cases Heard in Arizona?

Cases with only misdemeanor allegations are forwarded to the city or justice court. The specific court is based on the location of the alleged criminal conduct. Criminal conduct within city limits are sent to city courts. Criminal conduct on state property, highways, Indian territory, and unincorporated areas are sent to justice court.

Tobin Law Office Helps Clients in all Types of Class Two Misdemeanor Charges.

Because our criminal law office is solely focused on defense services, we regularly handle all types of class 2 misdemeanors. Common class two misdemeanors include: minor in consumption, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, verbal assault, criminal damage, and more.

Criminal Defense Services Tobin Law Office Offers in Class 2 Misdemeanors.

  • Attend arraignments, pretrial conferences, and routine hearings in place of defendants so that they don’t miss out on work, family, or vacation.
  • Coordinate phone appearances for defendants living far from Court.
  • Quash warrants, reinstate licenses, and lift license suspensions.
  • Arrange for the service of a criminal citation.
  • Modify release conditions set at the first hearing.
  • Obtain copies of the police reports, videos, recordings, and evidence.
  • Help clients return home or resume contact with victims or family.
  • Litigate motions and raise pre-trial defenses.
  • Prepare and file custom written motions.
  • Communicate with law enforcement, the Court, and prosecutor’s office.
  • Protect the right to remain silent.
  • Negotiate for dismissal, diversion, deferred judgment, reduction, or mitigation.
  • Preserve or reinstate firearm rights.
  • Conduct recorded interviews with witnesses and police officers.
  • Fight charges at trial.
  • When necessary, help clients at sentencing to minimize penalties.
  • Set aside criminal convictions and restore civil rights.
  • Much more.
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