Phoenix Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic violence refers to acts of abuse or violence between families, roommates, or people involved in an intimate relationship. A person can also be charged with domestic violence for threatening to harm, abuse or inflict violence. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it's incredibly important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Law enforcement officials, judges, and prosecutors take reports of domestic violence very seriously. In the past, these officials would wait until they had an overwhelming amount of evidence before they would arrest and charge people with domestic violence. Today, all it takes is one complaint or report of domestic violence for law enforcement officials to launch an investigation against you.
About Spousal Abuse - What You Should Know
Until recently, many people associated domestic violence as a crime that occurs between spouses or people who are intimately involved. In reality, domestic violence can involve children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and co-inhabitants. Furthermore, it's important to note that domestic violence is not just physical in nature. People can be charged with domestic violence for verbal threats, stalking, harassment, intimidation, or physical, emotional, and psychological abuse.
At the Knowles Law Firm, Phoenix criminal defense lawyer Anthony Knowles and his legal team are very experienced in Arizona domestic violence laws, and has successfully defended clients who have been charged domestic violence that includes physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. They are also able to help with domestic violence cases that include child and elder abuse, as well as associated criminal charges, such as
assault and battery, stalking and h arassment.
How will restraining orders affect your case?
In the state of Arizona, restraining orders are legally referred to as Orders of Protection; they are also called Injunctions. These can be taken out by alleged victims in an attempt to stop communication between the accused abuser and abused. While these were created with the best intentions to help put a curb on physical assault, harassment, intimidation and other methods of endangerment, they can often complicate a case for the innocent. If you have had an Order of Protection taken out against you, it is important that you know just how much that it will affect your case. No matter whether it was an Emergency Order of Protection (EOP) or a Permanent Order of Protection, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of a lawyer to help you deal with the added complications of a restraining order.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in Phoenix
The penalties for a domestic violence conviction will depend largely on the circumstances of the arrest. In general, a person convicted of domestic violence will face time in jail, fines, restitution to the victim, probation, mandatory behavioral counseling, community service, a mark on his/her permanent record and more. I f a person used a weapon, inflicted serious bodily injury, used or threatened violence towards a minor or has prior criminal offenses on their record, then they could face enhanced penalties.
Contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney today!
Have you been accused of domestic violence? If so, the legal team at Knowles Law Firm can provide you with the aggressive defense you need to fight your domestic violence charges. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials do not take accusations of domestic violence lightly. If they suspect you of committing domestic violence they will launch a thorough investigation into the allegations against you, and if they find sufficient evidence, they will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.
By working with an attorney from the firm, you can feel secure knowing that they have the experience, knowledge, and skill to not only fight the prosecution's case, but also to increase your chances of winning your case. They have vast experience in this area of criminal law, and are committed to using their knowledge and resources to help you overcome your criminal charges.