Domestic Violence Assault (13-1203) is a criminal offense in Arizona that involves the intentional or reckless infliction of physical harm, injury, or any kind of unwanted physical contact upon a person with whom the offender has a domestic relationship.
Under Arizona law, a domestic relationship is defined as a relationship between spouses, former spouses, persons who are currently or were previously residing together in a romantic or sexual relationship, persons who share a child, and other closely related individuals.
Domestic Violence Assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the offense and the offender’s prior criminal history. A first offense is typically charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a potential sentence of up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, if the offense involves aggravating circumstances, such as the use of a deadly weapon, the offender may face more severe penalties.
Repeat offenders, or those who commit more serious acts of Domestic Violence Assault, may face felony charges, which carry much harsher penalties, including prison sentences ranging from 1 to 15 years.
In addition to criminal charges, a person who is found guilty of Domestic Violence Assault may also be subject to a restraining order, mandatory counseling, and other court-mandated requirements.
If you are facing charges of Domestic Violence Assault in Arizona, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your legal options and potential defenses. It is also important to take any accusations of Domestic Violence seriously, as the consequences of a conviction can be significant and long-lasting.