Arizona Criminal Sentencing Guidelines

Arizona Criminal Sentencing Guidelines

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor conviction sentences are generally less severe than felony conviction sentences in Arizona. Below are the misdemeanor classifications and the potential terms of incarceration:

  • Class 1 misdemeanor: 6 months
  • Class 2 misdemeanor: 4 months
  • Class 3 misdemeanor: 30 days

Community service, fines, and drug/alcohol screening and counseling can also be imposed upon conviction of a misdemeanor.  The fine amounts and other requirements will depend upon the facts of the case and the defendant’s past criminal record.

Felony Offenses

Felony convictions, such as burglary, aggravated assault, and certain drug crimes carry more serious than sentences than misdemeanor sentences. Below are the felony classifications and presumptive sentences for felonies in Arizona:

  • Class 1 felony: 25 years to life in prison (Arizona allows the death penalty in First Degree Murder cases)
  • Class 2 felony: 5 years
  • Class 3 felony: 3.5 years
  • Class 4 felony: 2.5 years
  • Class 5 felony: 1.5 years
  • Class 6 felony: 1 year

These sentences can be more severe for defendants who have aggravating/mitigating circumstances. Below are the ranges of sentencing for felonies in Arizona.

Felony Mitigated Minimum Presumptive Maximum Aggravated
Class 2 3 years 4 years 5 years 10 years 12.5 years
Class 3 2 years 2.5 years 3.5 years 7 years 8.75 years
Class 4 1 year 1.5 years 2.5 years 3 years 3.75 years
Class 5 .5 years .75 years 1.5 years 2 years 2.5 years
Class 6 .33 years .5 years 1 year 1.5 years 2 years

These sentences can be more severe for defendants who have a prior conviction on their criminal record.