The State of Arizona does not provide any specific statute criminalizing vehicular assault. However, a driver involved in an accident can be charged with aggravated assault. The charge of aggravated assault is leveled when the driver knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly causes injury to other drivers or pedestrians. In the case of aggravated assault, a vehicle is considered a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
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A charge of vehicular aggravated assault is a serious offense with severe prison time. In Arizona, a conviction for a first offense for vehicular aggravated assault is a Class 3 dangerous felony with the following penalties:
Vehicular assault occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes any physical injury to another person or threatens to cause such injury. In Arizona, vehicle assault is charged as aggravated vehicular assault. Under the law of Arizona, an assault becomes aggravated if it causes serious physical injury or the injury is caused using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
In the case of vehicular aggravated assault, the prosecution must prove that the driver acted recklessly, at the very least. If the defendant is successful in proving that he was not driving recklessly, or he was not under the influence of any drug or alcohol, and the accident happened due to some other cause, charges against him may be dropped. Again, there are other defenses and mitigating factors particular to the circumstances of each case that may help a defendant.
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