Phoenix Aggravated Assault Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Clients Throughout All of Arizona
In Arizona, if a crime involves someone being placed in fear by a gun or
a knife, or results in any serious injury, prison is mandatory upon conviction.
Although people frequently act in self-defense, or in the defense of others,
they are nonetheless charged and prosecuted as though there was no justification
for their conduct. Recent changes in Arizona law make it easier to prove
self-defense in aggravated assault cases.
Why Are We Qualified to Help?
- 20+ years of experience
- Proven track record of success
- Former Prosecutor with unique insight
- Relentless investigation on your behalf
What Is Considered Assault?
Aggravated assault could arise from:
- Physical confrontation
- Bar fight
In just the last few years, our
Phoenix criminal defense attorney at Jason D. Lamm Attorney at Law has successfully defended aggravated
assault cases by proving self-defense, mistaken identity, and alibi. Our
goal is to help you, too.
Call (602) 663-9100 for an
Strangulation / Choking / Impeding Breath
Another recent change to Arizona law has created a new type of aggravated
assault. Choking, strangulation, or impeding someone’s breathing
is now a separate and distinct type of aggravated assault. Law enforcement
officers and prosecutors are often very quick to file aggravated assault
charges based upon strangulation as it is a ‘hot topic’ and
because many agencies ae receiving grant money or other funding to pursue
this type of case. When a victim claims that they were choked or strangled
during an assault, typically during a domestic violence incident, law
enforcement officers will ask that a forensic medical examination be conducted.
This is now possible due to the funding and grants. During the forensic
medical examination, a specially trained nurse will examine the victim
for marks or other evidence that is consistent with choking or strangulation.
For example, it is common to see popped blood vessels in the eye of someone
who has been choked or strangled.
Like many types of government funding, it’s a use it or lose it situation
law enforcement and prosecutors are now aggressively pursuing. This is
why there has been a trend toward the over-charging of aggravated assault
by choking and strangulation. Law enforcement and prosecutors rely on
a published study concerning medical evidence of strangulation. But most
don’t understand the study and take liberties in using its conclusions
to bolster their case.
In a recent case, our client was charged with aggravated assault based
on an allegation that he choked his spouse in a domestic violence altercation.
We retained perhaps the best expert in the country on strangulation to
evaluate the case – the author of the study on which law enforcement
and prosecutors were relying. Our expert witness showed how prosecutors
were misquoting and misinterpreting her study and how the evidence actually
showed that no choking or strangulation occurred. The aggravated assault
charges against our client were dismissed.
High-Profile Cases, High-Profile Wins
Our Phoenix criminal defense attorney works closely with experienced private
investigators - usually retired law enforcement detectives and federal
agents - and put the prosecutor's case on trial. This means digging
through every piece of evidence and finding the weaknesses in their case.
Oftentimes, we find that law enforcement doesn't have all the facts
so we dig them up, prove their facts wrong, and work to help get cases
dismissed. We can actively consult with firearms experts, ballistics experts,
and crime scene reconstruction experts to aggressively defend your case.
We often look at medical records, toxicology reports, DNA evidence, and
obtain the evidence about which prosecutors don't want us to know.
In a recent
high profile case, we found DNA evidence proving our client's innocence of which the
investigating detective and prosecutor ignored, and certainly did not
make us aware. Both the detective and the prosecutor were treated to a
nasty chewing out by the judge and, after a 3-week trial, our client was
found not guilty in less than 20 minutes.
Over 20 Years' Experience on Your Side
There really is no substitute for decades of experience. Defending aggravated
assault, drive by shooting, and violent crime offenses is not something
that anyone can learn in a book, and not something that any lawyer can
learn overnight. Our founder, Jason Lamm, has earned his reputation both
as an aggressive and tenacious trial attorney and an aggravated assault
defense lawyer through years of hard work and attention to detail. With
stakes this high, our experience matters and your freedom may depend on
us. If you are charged with aggravated assault or a violent crime in Phoenix,
Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Chandler, or anywhere in Arizona, your
first call should be to an experienced defense attorney.
Call Jason D. Lamm Attorney at Law
at (602) 663-9100 today.