The State of Arizona defines domestic violence as a criminal act of abuse committed by a household member, family, former or current spouse, cohabitant, persons who have a dating relationship, and other domestic relationships against another.
Domestic violence abuse is not limited to physical abuse but also includes sexual violence, spousal abuse, neglect, emotional and economic abuse. Under the Domestic violence law of Arizona, you may be charged with domestic violence if you have committed any of the following acts:
Domestic violence charges may be filed by a victim who may be in any of the following relationships with the defendant: :
For those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence charge for three or more times within a seven-year span, they will be sentenced to prison time. Aggravated domestic violence is a Class 5 felony and a person convicted by it faces presumptive sentencing of two years and six months in prison. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-701.) Defendants who are found guilty of aggravated domestic violence for two or more times face additional jail time.
No. Since domestic abuse is a crime, the State will be the one to press criminal charges regardless of whether the victim wishes to drop or not proceed with the charges. Once the charges are filed, only the prosecutor has the authority to drop the case after the judge approves the attorney’s request for the dismissal of the case. However, the State will usually prosecute the criminal case regardless of whether the victim will testify or not.
Victims of domestic violence may seek a protection order that prohibits the defendant from committing further domestic violence against the person applying for protection which may be:
When facing domestic violence charges in Arizona, consulting a defense attorney well-versed in handling domestic violence cases is important especially if you’re not certain of your specific situation. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will help you explore the defenses you may have, discuss your rights, safety plans and options available to you, as well as represent you in a criminal court if the case goes on trial.
Call us at Howard Snader Law for a free initial consultation. Your chance at freedom is important to us. Let us help you fight for your rights, stop the cycle of violence, and possibly steer you away from doing time behind bars. Pick up that phone now.