DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
As many people know, domestic violence typically involves offenses committed by an intimate partner or household member against another. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence report indicates that an estimated 42.6% of Arizona women and 33.4% of Arizona men experience physical violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking with their spouse or intimate partner. Domestic violence can take many different forms, including physical abuse, sexual assault, intimidation, unlawful imprisonment, or preventing the use of a phone in an emergency. A defendant convicted of domestic violence could face significant consequences, including possible jail time, significant fines, a restraining order, loss of parenting privileges, and other social ramifications.
If you're under investigation for exhibiting violent behavior towards a family member or if you're facing domestic violence charges, it is crucial that you retain a skilled and aggressive Arizona criminal defense attorney for a strong defense strategy. At Faussette & Faussette, we’re dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and strong representation to individuals facing domestic violence allegations. As your legal counsel, we can review and investigate every last detail of your situation and strategize an effective defense for your case. Our attorneys will fight vigorously to defend your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly from start to finish.
Our firm, Faussette & Faussette, is proud to serve clients across Phoenix, Arizona, and the surrounding areas including Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, and Goodyear.
VIOLENCE IN ARIZONA
Under Arizona Revised Statutes, 13-3601, domestic violence is defined as any "dangerous crime or violent act" committed by a person against another person with who they share any of the following relationships:
Former or current spouse
Persons who have a child together
Persons presently living together or once lived together
The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party
Persons related by blood or court order
Persons with a current or previous romantic or sexual relationship
SUCH "DANGEROUS CRIME OR VIOLENT ACTS" MAY INCLUDE:
Dangerous crimes against children
Negligent homicide, murder, manslaughter
Threatening a witness
Assault or aggravated assault
Interference with judicial proceedings
Preventing use of a telephone in an emergency
Use of telephone to threaten, intimidate, terrify, annoy, harass, or offend
Harassment or aggravated harassment
Secretly photographing, filming, videotaping, or digitally recording or viewing
Child abuse, emotional abuse, or abuse of a vulnerable adult.
GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE LAW
In order to determine whether there is a domestic relationship, the Arizona court may consider the following factors:
The nature or type of the relationship between the victim and the defendant.
The length of the relationship.
The frequency of the interaction between the victim and the defendant.
Whether it is an ongoing relationship or one that has been terminated
How long since the relationship has been terminated?
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES AND PENALTIES
The possible penalties for a defendant found guilty of domestic violence in Arizona will depend on the severity of the charges.
MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The majority of domestic violence offenses are classified as a class 1 misdemeanor. Punishable by:
Jail Time: Up to 6 months in jail,
Fines: Up to $2,500 in fines plus surcharges
Counseling: 52 hours of counseling and mandatory domestic violence classes
Probation: A term of probation up to 5 years.
FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Aggravated domestic violence or domestic violence against pregnant victims is classified as a class 5 felony or class 6 felony, punishable by up to 36 months in prison.
Other potential consequences include:
Several hours of community service
Loss of firearms
Mandatory domestic violence offender treatment program
A protective order
Loss of child custody rights or parenting privileges
Lifetime criminal record
WORK WITH A KNOWLEDGEABLE
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Domestic violence charges are serious and can jeopardize your reputation, liberty, quality of life, and future opportunities. Choosing to defend yourself against any of these charges without experienced representation can expose you to the risk of suffering maximum punishment. That’s why it is so imperative that you retain a knowledgeable Arizona criminal defense attorney when facing domestic violence charges.
At Faussette & Faussette, our attorneys have devoted their careers to providing outstanding legal services and defending clients who have been accused of domestic violence. As your attorney, we can review the unique details of your personal situation, conduct a thorough investigation, and craft an effective defense to pursue the best possible outcome for your case. Using our extensive experience and knowledge, we will help you navigate the Arizona justice system and fight vigorously to ensure that your rights are protected at every phase of the legal process. Don’t face these charges on your own. Get in touch with our firm today and put our experience on your side.
EXPERIENCED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS PHOENIX, ARIZONA
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you have rights that need to be protected. Contact our firm – Faussette & Faussette PLLC – today to schedule a case evaluation. We can offer you the experienced legal guidance, strong advocacy, and comprehensive representation you need. Our firm proudly represents clients throughout the greater Phoenix area. Call our office today to get the strong representation you need.