Domestic Violence Charges in Arizona
Arizona Domestic Violence Laws
How is “domestic violence” defined in Arizona?
The state of Arizona defines domestic violence as almost any criminal act. For example, domestic violence may be assault, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and/or criminal damage that one family or household member commits against another.
Additionally, domestic violence is defined in Arizona by the type of relationship the accused shares with the alleged victim. Arizona domestic violence laws define these personal relationships to include various romantic relationships, relationships between family members, and even roommates.
More specifically, a crime is considered a “domestic violence” offense if any of the following apply:
- The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage, or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.
- The victim and the defendant have a child in common.
- The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party.
- The victim is related to the defendant or the defendant’s spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister, or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, stepgrandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
- The victim is a child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.
- The relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship
The Consequences for Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence charges in Arizona can lead to severe criminal penalties, whether the charges concern assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, or more. If you are found guilty of domestic violence, the courts can and will impose harsh sentences and punishments– which is why it’s extremely important that you work with an experienced Arizona criminal defense lawyer to advocate for you.
The prosecutor’s office can file domestic violence charges based on suspicion alone. Even if the alleged victim declines to press charges, a prosecutor can still bring domestic violence charges against the accused.
Further, if you are convicted with domestic violence, you could face mandatory counseling, probation, jail, prison, and loss of gun privileges. A domestic violence conviction in Arizona can also have a profound impact on your current child custody or future child custody arrangements. And, in addition to all of the above, damage to your career and reputation often begin the moment an allegation of domestic violence is made.
If you’ve been charged with domestic violence or other related crimes, you are facing very harsh, lasting punishment that will impact the rest of your life. By hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Tait & Hall, your chances of success in court will vastly improve.
Arizona Domestic Violence & Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our Approach to Domestic Violence Cases
In a case involving domestic violence, the court will consider all aspects of the case to determine their strategy in hopes to convict the defendant. For example, the prosecutor will look at the extent of any injuries, whether a weapon was used, if you have any prior convictions, and more. This is why, when you face accusations for violent crimes, you need to secure an experienced attorney to protect your rights and reputation.
At Tait & Hall, our criminal defense attorneys can offer the strategic, aggressive advocacy you need to defend yourself against domestic violence charges. We’ll do our own thorough investigation of the case– we’ll look at every detail to develop a tailor-made defense strategy in alignment with your unique circumstances and individual needs.
Why choose Tait & Hall?
We are committed to answering all of your questions and keeping you informed of all aspects of your case. Our lawyers at Tait & Hall have decades of collective experience and can provide you with the effective defense you deserve.
Another reason Tait & Hall is the firm for you? Several of our criminal defense attorneys are former prosecutors, which means we have an advantage that most criminal defense firms do not:
We understand how the police and prosecutors think and work. We know their strategies, we know what will be compelling to them in the courtroom, and we understand their strengths and weaknesses. As such, the attorneys at Tait & Hall are extremely well-suited to defending your rights and aiming for the best possible outcome in your Arizona domestic violence case.
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If you’ve been accused of domestic violence in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona, you’re facing serious repercussions. Go on the defensive. Contact Tait & Hall Attorneys and get a serious criminal defense attorney on your side. We’re committed to utilizing our decades of experience to help get you the best results possible.
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