Simple Assault is characterized by intentionally causing physical injury to another person (A.R.S. 13-1203). It is also considered assault if you intentionally make someone think you are going to injure them. What is important is the intent, it does not matter if you actually caused them physical harm. There are 3 major categories of Simple Assault:
Touching with intent to injure or provoke is considered a Class 3 Misdemeanor. If charged, you could be facing 30 days in jail, a $500.00 fine, and up to 12-months of probation.
Assaults concerning the threat of injury are considered Class 2 Misdemeanors. The punishment if found guilty is a maximum sentence of 4 months in jail, a $750.00 fine, and probation of up to 2 years.
Assaults with minor injuries can be a Class 1 or Class 2 Misdemeanor, depending on whether they were committed intentionally or recklessly.
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