Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges in Arizona can be serious and carry severe penalties, including potential jail time, fines, and a criminal record. Here is some important information to keep in mind if you are facing domestic violence charges in Arizona:

Definition: Domestic violence is defined in Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 13-3601 as any criminal offense committed by one family or household member against another family or household member.

Penalties: The penalties for domestic violence in Arizona depend on the specific charge and the severity of the offense. For example, a first-time conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence can result in up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Felony domestic violence charges can result in much harsher penalties, including several years in prison.

Restraining Orders: If you are charged with domestic violence in Arizona, you may be subject to a restraining order, which can limit your contact with the alleged victim and potentially other family members. Violating a restraining order can result in additional criminal charges.

Defenses: Common defenses to domestic violence charges may include self-defense, false allegations, or lack of evidence. Your attorney can help you evaluate the strength of your case and develop a strategy for defending against the charges.

Consequences: Domestic violence convictions in Arizona can have far-reaching consequences beyond the criminal penalties, including restrictions on your right to possess firearms, limitations on your ability to obtain certain types of employment or housing, and negative impacts on your personal relationships.

If you are facing domestic violence charges in Arizona, it is important to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you understand your rights and options and work to protect your interests throughout the legal process.