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If you have been convicted of a felony in Arizona, you must contact an attorney. At Benikov Law, we'll provide you with an experienced criminal defense attorney committed to defending your case and clearing your name. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and establish a strong defense.

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What is a Felony Crime in Arizona?

Felony convictions can result in significant consequences, including the loss of civil rights and opportunities, which can impact an individual for the rest of their life. Felonies carry more severe penalties than misdemeanor or petty offenses and have a potential prison sentence of over one year. Felony charges don't necessarily guarantee a conviction, and a knowledgeable attorney can help to build a strong defense against felony charges.

Arizona considers a felony crime to be any offense that is punishable by a prison sentence of more than a year. This category encompasses a range of crimes, including, but not limited to:

  • Capital offenses (e.g., murder and arson), 
  • Property crimes (e.g., burglary or robbery), 
  • Drug-related felonies (e.g., possession and trafficking) 
  • Violent felonies (e.g., assault and kidnapping)

Types of Felony Charges in Arizona

If you have been charged with a crime in Arizona, the type of charge you may face can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. The kind of charge depends on the seriousness and nature of the conduct. A felony charge is treated with much harsher penalties than a misdemeanor and is often punishable by up to one year in prison. Here are some examples of felony offenses in Arizona:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug possession
  • Theft crimes, including identity theft
  • Aggravated or extreme DUI
  • Firearm offenses
  • Sex crimes
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Forgery
  • Violent crimes
  • Traffic violations

The 6 Classes of Felonies in Arizona

In Arizona, felonies are categorized into six classes, with class one carrying the harshest potential penalties and class six having the least severe penalties. Here are the different classes of felonies, including examples of the crimes that fall under each category:

Class 1 Felony

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder

Class 2 Felony

  • Manslaughter
  • Drive by shooting
  • Sexual assault

Class 3 Felony

  • Certain dangerous crimes against children
  • Aggravated assault (certain violations)
  • Transportation and sale of narcotic drugs or dangerous drugs.

Class 4 Felony

  • Robbery
  • Forgery
  • Possession of dangerous or narcotic drugs.

Class 5 Felony

  • Theft (property or services valued at $2,000 or more but less than $3,000) 
  • Criminal damage (damage of $2,000 or more but less than $10,000) 
  • Fraudulent use of a credit card (items obtained in any six months valued at $1,000 or more) 

Class 6 Felony

  • Shoplifting (property valued $1,000 or more but less than $2,000 or a firearm valued less than $1,000) 
  • Criminal damage (damage of more than $250 but less than $2,000) 
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

You can find a complete list of felony crimes under Arizona law here.

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What are the Penalties for Felonies in Arizona?

In each felony case, the court may, but is not obligated to, apply the general advisory sentencing guidelines for each type of crime when deciding what punishments to impose on the guilty offender.

The following are the advisory sentences for each category of a felony:

  • Class 1 Felony: 25 years to life in prison
  • Class 2 Felony: five years in prison
  • Class 3 Felony: three and a half years in prison
  • Class 4 Felony: two and a half years in prison
  • Class 5 Felony: one and a half years in prison
  • Class 6 Felony: one year in prison

When it comes to sentencing and conviction, the outcome rests in the hands of the judge. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to present evidence and arguments to reduce the length of incarceration, even if the person is found guilty. In some cases, a skilled attorney may be able to negotiate to have a crime charged as a misdemeanor that would have been implicated as a felony.


Aggravated Assault
Not Guilty on all counts
Assault & Trespassing
Charges Dismissed At Trial
Domestic Violence Assault
All Charges Dismissed
DUI Charges
Reduced to reckless driving.
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Contact Our Felony Charges Defense Lawyer In Phoenix, Arizona

If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony in Arizona, your best option is to seek help from an attorney who is well-versed in felony cases. At Benikov Law, we will provide you with an attentive attorney with extensive experience in felony criminal defense.

We serve the areas of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler, and other locations around Arizona. Please consider reaching out to us for a free consultation of your case to help you understand the best options to move forward.

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Mr. Benikov only practices in the areas of criminal defense and DUI defense. This means that all his knowledge is focused on one area of law. Hire an attorney that only practices the type of law that will help your case.


Mr. Benikov is known for his excellent reputation in the areas of criminal defense and DUI defense. A lawyer is only as good as his reputation. When you hire Mr. Benikov, he will put his reputation to work for you. No matter if Mr. Benikov is dealing with prosecutors, other attorneys, or Judges, they all know his word is his bond.

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Mr. Benikov is at the forefront of ever-changing laws and works closely with his clients. Every year there are significant changes to Arizona law and Mr. Benikov works hard to stay on top of all the changes. Mr. Benikov prides himself on attending the best seminars to give his clients the maximum advantage. Mr. Benikov is at the forefront of ever-changing laws and works closely with his clients. Every year there are significant changes to Arizona law and Mr. Benikov works hard to stay on top of all the changes. Mr. Benikov prides himself on attending the best seminars to give his clients the maximum advantage.

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