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Phoenix Domestic Violence Lawyer

It is common for disagreements to emerge within a household or in any other domestic setting. However, such disputes can quickly escalate to physical or verbal confrontations. If law enforcement gets involved and one party makes allegations of abuse against the other, the situation can escalate even further.

If you are being accused of domestic violence, you have legal options. A Phoenix domestic violence lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can help you fight these allegations. Call today to learn more about how a dedicated attorney can help defend against the charges you are facing.

Laws Regarding Domestic Violence in Phoenix

Domestic violence is defined as any conduct that is a serious crime against a minor or an assault against someone with whom a close relationship is shared, according to Arizona Revised Statute §13-3601. This could include current or former partners, relatives, roommates, and more.

Domestic violence includes a variety of offenses ranging from physical abuse to verbal and emotional harassment, along with:

  • Sexual harassment or rape
  • Endangering, harassing, or trolling
  • Isolation
  • Material exploitation and domination
  • Psychological exploitation

It is important to note that “domestic violence” is not a crime in itself but is rather a tag that is placed on other crimes, such as assault, when the two parties have a close relationship.

Penalties for Domestic Violence Charges

A conviction for a domestic violence charge will not only result in criminal punishments but will also go on a person’s permanent record. This can have a lasting negative impact on a person’s way of life, including their ability to vote, their ability to find housing, and more.

Domestic violence charges can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the details of a particular case. Generally, a first domestic violence offense will be charged as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are classified into three categories, with Class 1 being the most severe. A Class 1 domestic violence offense could result in up to 180 days in jail, $2,500 in fines, and one to three years of probation.

Aggravated Domestic Violence

Repeat domestic violence offenses can result in felony charges. Once convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense for the third time within seven years, the offense will be raised to aggravated domestic violence, which is a felony.

Aggravated domestic violence is classified as a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to two and a half years in prison. Because the potential consequences of a domestic violence charge in Phoenix can be so severe, it is crucial to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to get started on building your defense.

Defense Strategies for Domestic Violence Charges

In order to prove a domestic abuse charge against an individual, the prosecution will need to prove two primary elements. First the prosecution must establish that the defendant committed specific crime. Second, they must prove the defendant committed the crime against a person they have a personal connection with. There are a number of defense strategies that a domestic violence attorney in Phoenix can raise in these cases. These include:

  • Self-defense
  • Criminal mitigation
  • Third-party protection

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Another defense that is commonly used in domestic battery cases is wrong identity or existence of an alibi. During a domestic violence conflict or false allegation, a defense attorney can demonstrate that the authorities arrested the wrong individual or oftentimes an accused will have an alibi that positions them somewhere outside the alleged crime scene, which could be sufficient to get the charges dropped entirely.

Discuss Your Defense Options with a Phoenix Domestic Violence Attorney

When confronted with domestic violence charges, it is crucial to take swift legal action to protect yourself. As soon as you are able, get in touch with a dedicated attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group. Our Phoenix domestic violence lawyers have the experience needed to defend your case in court and will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected. To learn more about how we can help you with your domestic violence case, schedule a free consultation at our office today.

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