Flagstaff, AZ – Let’s use a recent event in Flagstaff as a lesson on Aggravated Assault and how serious it is. In a recent Police Log article in the Arizona Daily Sun, the crime was explained as follows:
A man was threatened with a knife while walking in the area of Beaver Street and West Route 66 at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. According to police reports, the 36-year-old Flagstaff man said he was walking down the street when another man brushed up against him. He confronted the man about what was going on and the man asked him to fight and then pulled a pocket knife and threatened to kill him. When the victim challenged the man to stab him, the suspect took off on foot.
Arizona Daily Sun article located here.
Why this happened is unclear. But to pull a knife on someone and threaten to kill them is an Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon or Dangerous Instrument. The crime is a class 3 felony, which is very serious. And the fact that a knife was used in the commission of the offense makes it significantly more severe in terms of punishment. If the man with the knife was convicted of this offense, he is not eligible for probation.
He must serve 5 to 15 years in prison. Assaults are serious crimes. Using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument in the assault makes it a prison-only felony offense, and you need a great Arizona criminal defense lawyer to defend the case successfully.