Salwin Law Group defends individuals accused of domestic violence in Arizona. When you work with our law firm, you’ll be working with a criminal defense attorney who was both a previous prosecutor and Harvard ’09 graduate.
Being charged with domestic violence in Arizona can be a serious matter with potentially life-altering consequences. You should also know that being charged with domestic violence does not mean that you are automatically guilty.
You have rights and there are defenses that may be available to you.
One of the best things you can do if you have been charged with domestic violence is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reducing the charges or having the charges dismissed altogether may be possible with the help of a good lawyer.
Domestic Violence Laws in Arizona
In Arizona, criminal acts of abuse committed by one household member against another are referred to as domestic violence. The offense of domestic violence in Arizona is defined by ARS 13-3601. Household members are generally defined as those who share a domestic relationship, such as current or former spouses, persons who live in the same household, and individuals who have a child together. It also includes those who are related to the abuser as a child, parent, grandparent, siblings, and in-laws.
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Who Can Get Charged with Domestic Violence in Arizona?
The term “domestic violence” can be misleading. People often think of domestic violence as being physical violence between a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend. While this is one form of domestic violence, it is not the only type of domestic violence that can occur.
Domestic violence charges can be brought against someone who is accused of committing a variety of violent acts, including:
- Sexual assault
- Disorderly conduct
- Criminal trespass
- Assault and battery
Regardless of the type of domestic violence that is alleged, being charged with this crime can have a serious impact on your life. There are legal defenses that are available, and it is strongly advisable that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.
What Should I Do If Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to be falsely accused of domestic violence. This can happen for any number of reasons, but it often occurs during custody battles or when one spouse is trying to gain an advantage in a divorce proceeding.
Take a deep breath and try to remain calm. This is a difficult situation, but it is important to keep a level head.
Whether the charges against you are true or false, you need to take them seriously. The penalties for a domestic violence conviction in Arizona can be severe.
In order to take the first step in fighting the charges, you need to contact an attorney who has experience defending against domestic violence charges. Attempting to handle a domestic violence charge on your own is not advisable.
Protect your future by contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer today.
How Do You Defend a Domestic Violence Case?
Just because you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence does not mean that you will be convicted. You have the opportunity to defend against the accusations made against you. In any domestic violence case, there are several potential defenses that can be employed to get charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Common defenses against domestic violence charges include:
- The defendant was acting in self-defense
- The prosecutor cannot prove the crime occurred
- A domestic relationship cannot be established
There may be other defenses available as well, depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to help you determine which defenses are applicable to your situation.
Can the Victim Drop Domestic Violence Charges?
Once charges have been filed against you, only the district attorney can drop them.
Even if the alleged victim says that they do not want to press charges, the case will not be dismissed. That means that you need to be prepared to go to court to defend against your charges.
If you are facing charges for domestic violence, ensure your rights remain protected with a skilled Arizona domestic violence lawyer on your side. As a former prosecutor, and having handled thousands of cases, I have the experience and knowledge to help you defend against your charges.
Call Salwin Law Group to schedule your free consultation at (480) 702-1789.