Domestic Violence Laws in AZ
In Arizona, criminal acts of abuse committed by one household member against another are referred to as domestic violence. 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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Domestic Violence Charges in AZ
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
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 than 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
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 criminal defense 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.