A Look at Arizona’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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An overview of mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for felony offenses in the state of Arizona, brought to you by the Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC. For more information, visit http://www.mayestelles.com/ or call (602) 428-7104.

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A Look at Arizona’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences:

A Look at Arizona’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences The Impact of Criminal Sentencing Provisions

What Are Mandatory Minimums?:

What Are Mandatory Minimums? "Mandatory minimum" refers to minimum sentencing requirements for certain criminal offenses. All states have them, in large part because of the "war on drugs" which started largely in the 1980s. Have these mandatory minimum sentences actually reduced overall crime rates? That data is unclear.

The Impact of Mandatory Minimums:

The Impact of Mandatory Minimums What is clear is that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world , which has led to an overburdened prison system at a huge cost to taxpayers. Perhaps what has been most costly is the effect these mandatory minimums have had on families. Many believe that the mandatory minimum sentences are exorbitantly disproportionate to the crimes, and have done little more than perpetuate a cycle of criminal activity in poor and minority communities.

Sentencing for Non-Dangerous Offenses:

Sentencing for Non-Dangerous Offenses First-time felony offenders (non-dangerous offenses ) Class 6 felonies: Minimum 6 months in prison Class 5 felonies: Minimum 9 months in prison Class 4 felonies: Minimum 18 months in prison Class 3 felonies: Minimum 2.5 years in prison Class 2 felonies: Minimum 4 years in prison All non-dangerous first-time felony offenders are eligible for  probation  with the exception of certain drug offenders. For more information on mandatory sentencing for first-time offenders in Arizona, visit the  ARS § 13-702 .

Repeat Felony Offenders :

Repeat Felony Offenders Category 1 (non-dangerous offenses) * Category 1 offenders are those who have been convicted of two felony offenses that did not take place on the same occasion . Minimum sentences guidelines are the same as those for first-time felony offenders (non-dangerous)

Repeat Felony Offenders :

Repeat Felony Offenders Category 2 (non-dangerous offenses) * Category 2 offenders are those who have been convicted of three or more felony offenses that did not take place on the same occasion. Class 6 felonies: Minimum 1 year in prison Class 5 felonies: Minimum 1.5 years in prison Class 4 felonies: Minimum 3 years in prison Class 3 felonies: Minimum 4.5 years in prison Class 2 felonies: Minimum 6 years in prison

Repeat Felony Offenders :

Repeat Felony Offenders Category 3 (non-dangerous offenses) * Category 3 offenders are those who are convicted of a felony with 2+ prior felonies in their criminal history. Class 6 felonies: Minimum 3 years in prison Class 5 felonies: Minimum 4 years in prison Class 4 felonies: Minimum 8 years in prison Class 3 felonies: Minimum 10 years in prison Class 2 felonies: Minimum 14 years in prison For more information on repeat offender sentencing in Arizona, visit the  ARS § 13-703 .

Sentencing for Dangerous Offenses:

Sentencing for Dangerous Offenses First-time felony offenders (dangerous offenses ) Class 6 felonies: Minimum 1.5 years in prison Class 5 felonies: Minimum 2 years in prison Class 4 felonies: Minimum 4 years in prison Class 3 felonies: Minimum 5 years in prison Class 2 felonies: Minimum 7 years in prison

Want More Information?:

Want More Information? For more information on minimum sentencing for dangerous felony offenses in Arizona, view  ARS § 13-704 . If you or someone you know has been arrested or accused of a felony offense, dangerous or non-dangerous, contact a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at MayesTelles PLLC today for a free consultation to learn your legal rights and options. CONTACT MAYESTELLES PLLC

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