An Overview of Domestic Violence in Arizona

An Overview of Domestic Violence in Arizona

In Arizona, 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
  • Endangerment
  • Harassment or aggravated harassment
  • Interference with judicial proceedings
  • Kidnapping
  • Negligent homicide, manslaughter, or murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Threatening or intimidating a witness
  • Preventing use of a telephone in an emergency or false representation of an emergency
  • Stalking
  • 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.

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