What is Considered Domestic Violence in Arizona?
In Arizona, domestic violence is defined as any physical, emotional, economic, or sexual attack on a family or household member. This can include assault, battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threatening, kidnapping, and criminal trespass.
Examples of domestic violence include:
- Abuse to a vulnerable child or adult
- Harassment in person or over the phone
- Physical assault, such as kicking or punching
- Secretly watching, videotaping, or photographing someone without their consent
Being accused of domestic violence – indeed, of any violent crime – should be taken extremely seriously, even if you believe the accusation to be unfounded. Unfortunately, false allegations of domestic violence are not uncommon, especially in heated divorce cases. Aggressively prosecuted in Arizona, domestic abuse cases are not dismissable even if the victim claims they don’t want to press charges. Only the District Attorney has the authority to drop charges once they have been filed.
Arrested? Take These Steps
If you have been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, the first thing you need to remember is that you have the right to remain silent and to hire an attorney. When the police arrive to arrest you, don’t try to talk your way out of the arrest. Anything that you say to police, even if you believe you are defending yourself, can be used in court by prosecutors. Furthermore, be polite to the police. Resisting or being insulting or argumentative can only hurt your image and therefore your case. Once you are in custody, don’t attempt to make any deals with police or sign any statements. Get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible who can ensure that your rights are protected.
The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be significant and may include jail time, fines, and a loss of reputation that may make it difficult to obtain employment or a place to live. Don’t risk this outcome by not getting in touch with an attorney at your first opportunity. The criminal justice system can be highly complex, but with the right person on your side, you can have your rights protected and move forward with your life as favorably as possible.
Consult a Phoenix Criminal Lawyer
At Suzuki Law Offices, we have in-depth knowledge of the law gained from our experience on both sides of criminal cases. Richard Suzuki began his career as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney before becoming a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix. This gives us the unique perspective of knowing what local prosecutors and judges are thinking in violent crime cases.
Contact us today for the help you need. We can be reached at (602) 842-6762.