If you or a loved one has been charged with a domestic violence offense you are likely scared and have a lot of questions. This is some information about Arizona Domestic Violence laws:
Make sure you find a defense lawyer who has extensive experience with these types of cases. Many lawyers may tell you they have experience but ask them how many actual cases they have handled. Also make sure to ask if that lawyer will personally be handling your case or if your case will be handed off to someone else in the firm. Some firms in Arizona have you meet with one attorney but when you show up to a court a different attorney from the firm is now handling your case.
In Arizona domestic violence is not a crime in of itself but a designation of a type of crime. Domestic violence is a term that refers to acts, or threatened acts, or violence between people involved in domestic relationships. Although situations may vary, domestic violence charges can be filed for actual acts of violence or threatened acts to harm, abuse, or inflict violence. Until recently, many people associated domestic violence as a crime that occurs only between a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend, or people in a romantic relationship.
The reality is that in Arizona the definition of domestic violence is much broader, and includes:
Siblings (brothers and sisters),
Parents and Children ( a child committing an offense against a parent or vise versa)
Grandparents or great grandparents,
Roommates / People living together,
What Qualifies as Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence refers to a wide range of abusive behaviors, including:
- Sexual Assault
- Criminal damage
- Emotional abuse
- Violation of an order of protection
- Physical assault
- Disorderly conduct
- Violation of a court order
- Verbal threats
- Psychological abuse
What to do if Charged with Domestic Violence:
Whether the charges against you are true or false, you will still be required to prove to fight the case to avoid having the conviction on your record. Even if you want to plead guilty you will want an experienced defense lawyer on your side to work out the best deal possible to minimize the jail or prison time you may be looking at. Your freedom may be at stake when facing a domestic violence charge in Arizona, hire a defense lawyer that will do everything they can for you to protect your freedom.
Do You Have to be Violence to Have a Domestic Violence Charge:
No. In Arizona you can have a charge like Disorderly Conduct that is not violent in nature but the charge can still have a Domestic Violence designation depending on who the alleged victim in the case is.