Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a phrase that refers to threats of acts of violence or actual acts of violence between intimate partners, family members, or occasionally even acquaintances. Thus, domestic violence charges may be filed for actual acts or threats to hurt, abuse, or inflict violence against any of these potential victims. However, circumstances may vary. Until recently, many people viewed domestic violence as a crime only committed by spouses or other deeply linked individuals.
According to 13-3601 ARS, to be charged with domestic violence, the prosecuting attorney must prove that the defendant committed a dangerous crime or was physically violent toward someone in one of the groups listed below.
• Someone currently or previously married to them
• Someone with whom they share a child
• Someone related to them by blood or legal decree
• Someone they reside with or who formerly lived with them
• Someone they are romantically or sexually involved with
Domestic violence only is a misdemeanor, while aggravated domestic violence (13-3601.02) is a Class 5 felony. Law enforcement officers, courts, prosecutors, and the general public in Arizona take domestic violence reports very seriously. These offenses can entail severe punishments that might result in substantial and lasting impact.
If you have been accused of intimate partner violence, you should consult with the experienced Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing immediately. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
Will I Be Sentenced to Jail if Found Guilty of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence convictions may result in a jail or prison sentence, especially violent assaults that cause physical injury or those that include child abuse. In some circumstances, such as psychological abuse or when the victim says they were frightened they would come to harm, alternative penalties may be levied, including removing children from the household and enforcing a restraining or protection order.
Each case has unique facts and evidence. A qualified Arizona criminal attorney can analyze and evaluate your case after your arrest to assess how to fight to prevent a conviction.
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Are you facing allegations of domestic violence? If this is the case, the legal experts at the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing can provide you with the vigorous criminal defense you need to fight domestic violence allegations. You can’t handle the case independently or with an incompetent lawyer; remember, these charges will be taken very seriously. If you are suspected of domestic abuse, a comprehensive investigation will be conducted, and if sufficient evidence is found, you will be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law.
By working with the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing, you can rest assured that we have the expertise, knowledge, and experience to combat the prosecution’s case and improve your odds of winning. We have extensive experience in criminal law and are dedicated to using our resources and expertise to assist you in overcoming any domestic violence charges. Call us immediately!