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Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

Aggravated assault is basically simple assault which results in serious physical injury. Simple assault can be aggravated by many factors including use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, assault on a police officer, assault of a child, or assault causing temporary but substantial disfigurement or a bone fracture to name just a few. Cases where the assault occurred during a sporting event such as an elbow at a basketball game are not typically charged. However, if a fight were to break out during a softball game and someone breaks a nose, that someone could be charged with aggravated assault in Arizona. Aggravated assault in Arizona is a serious felony and depending on the circumstance could require mandatory minimum prison of 5 years if the person is found guilty.

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