In Arizona, it is possible to be convicted of assault, even if the other person is not physically injured. Assault charges can be based on an allegation that the defendant placed another person in reasonable fear of imminent injury. When someone is accidentally injured, there must be proof that the injury was caused by the intentional or reckless actions of the defendant. Punishment varies in severity, depending on the classification of the assault charge. Any misdemeanor assault conviction carries a maximum incarceration of 6 months and a fine of no more than $2,000, plus surcharges. Depending on the specific circumstances, the court may impose another form of punishment, such as probation, mandatory anger management, or another form of counseling.
The possible punishments for misdemeanor assault charges include: