Assault often seems to be a simple affair. One person strikes or threatens another person, and you’d think that would be the extent of it. Generally, it’s a misdemeanor. And in more serious cases, depending upon the nature of the assault, the circumstances surrounding it, and the people involved, it may be classified as aggravated…

February has been a banner month of sorts for aggravated assault. It seems as if every other news story is mentioning the offense in one context or another. We’ve gathered together several cases that have emerged (or have been revived) over recent weeks to examine what happened to cause the cases to be charged as…

According to Phoenix police, a woman has admitted that she intentionally rammed her car into a vehicle she says cut her off. The report did not indicate that anyone was injured in the collision. Nevertheless, the woman has been charged with aggravated assault, a felony. You may wonder, given the fact that there were no…

A shooting in Phoenix over the weekend has all the earmarks of what most of us would consider a hate crime.  The incident began in Julioberto’s restaurant at about 3:00 a.m.  There were apparently two groups of people inside who began to exchange words.  Eventually, the dispute moved outside, and at that point one man…

Arizona law includes a number of crimes under the general heading of assault. The basic offense consists of intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing, or placing another person in fear of, physical injury. It also includes touching another person with intent to injure, or even to insult or to provoke, that person. Each of those offenses,…

It was December of last year, just a few days before Christmas. The players were a number of patrons of a Whiskey Row bar in Prescott. Some of those players looked like they were members of an outlaw biker gang – leather jackets with skull and crossbones patches, along with iron crosses. And add one…

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