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:
- Child abuse
- Elder abuse
- Physical or verbal assault
- Physical or sexual battery
- Sexual assault
- False imprisonment
- Disorderly conduct
- Aggravated harassment or stalking
- Violation of a restraining order
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.
Are You Facing Domestic Violence Charges? Call Knowles Law Firm, PLC Today.
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 by calling (888) 332-5621.