How is Domestic Violence Classified in Arizona?

How is Domestic Violence Classified in Arizona?

Arizona is cracking down on domestic violence. Recent changes to Arizona domestic violence laws have reflected on the serious nature of the offense, and law enforcement is aggressively prosecuting these types of crimes now more than ever. As part of the state’s toughening stance on this type of crime, the state has the right to file domestic violence charges themselves whether the victim wants to press charges or not.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3601, domestic violence refers to any dangerous or physically harmful crime against related parties. At the core of a domestic violence crime is the relationship between those involved. Domestic violence crimes involve parties who are related by marriage, those who have had a romantic or sexual relationship, family members, or those who have lived together.

Domestic violence charges can encompass a wide variety of crimes, including:

Arizona Domestic Violence Penalties

Domestic violence crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the case. A conviction could come with very harsh penalties, especially if the case involves weapons or resulted in injury to another person.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the individual crime, as well as on the presence of any aggravating factors, an individual may face probation and/or time in jail or prison, and may also have to attend domestic violence counseling. Additionally, they may also lose their firearm privileges and child custody or visitation rights. Other indirect penalties that may affect the individual’s future might also include job loss, difficulty gaining employment, and a damaged reputation in their community.

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Considering the serious consequences of a domestic violence conviction, it is important to contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to begin preparing your defense. For your free consultation, get in touch with a lawyer from Knowles Law Firm, PLC today.

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