domestic violence involves violent offenses committed by an aggressor against members of
his or her household. Victims may include a current or former spouse,
a boyfriend or girlfriend, a child, parent, a roommate, or any other person
who resides in the same household.
Domestic violence may involve any of the following actions:
- Assault or aggravated assault
- Custodial interference
- Dangerous crimes against children
- Disorderly conduct
- Emotional abuse
- Harassment or aggravated harassment
- Interference with judicial proceedings
- Negligent homicide, manslaughter, or murder
- Sexual assault
- Threatening or intimidating a witness
- Preventing use of a telephone in an emergency or false representation of
- Secretly photographing, videotaping, filming, or digitally recording or viewing
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend
All domestic violence convictions, no matter what the underlying charge,
require the completion of a state-mandated counseling program. Convicted
individuals may also have to serve time in jail or prison, may be placed
on probation, may be ordered to perform community service or attend anger
management classes, and more. A convicted person may also lose their child
visitation rights and/or their right to own a weapon.
Unfortunately, some people are wrongfully accused of domestic violence
out of spite. It is not uncommon for this to occur in contentious divorce
cases. In order to protect your rights and your good name, you should
speak with a lawyer right away. Attempting to handle a domestic violence
charge on your own will only make things worse, so retain experienced
legal counsel as soon as possible.
The Arizona legislature is cracking down on domestic violence and has been
concentrating on aggressively prosecuting these cases. If you have been
accused of domestic violence, it is urgent that you contact a Phoenix
criminal defense lawyer without delay to begin discussing your defense
options. Our seasoned attorneys can guide you throughout the legal process
from start to finish and build a strategic defense aimed at potentially
getting your charges reduced or dismissed.
Contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC today to learn more about how we may be able to help.