What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence Charges
Unfortunately, there are many times when individuals face allegations of domestic violence. Some of these commonly occur during the divorce or child custody dispute process in order to gain leverage in those matters or to remove the other partner from the home. Domestic violence charges, whether charged as a misdemeanor or felony, are serious charges and must be treated as such.
There are multiple elements involved in a domestic violence charge and they could mean a number of things. You may be charged with assault, disorderly conduct, stalking, threatening or intimidating, order of protection violation (interference with judicial proceedings), criminal damage, harassment, and more.
It is important to know which options you may have to defend yourself in these cases because the potential consequences are very serious, especially in repeat offenses. For instance, charges of domestic violence can result in jail time, prison time, probation, mandatory counseling, loss of firearm rights, and an order of protection that can limit where you go, live, and work. Your parental rights may also be affected if convicted.
Defending domestic violence charges is a thorough and sometimes complex process. One of the more common defenses arises when the two parties are going through a divorce. An allegation of domestic violence can change the family law judge’s perception of the individual, which could give the accusing party an advantage in matters involving support and custody.
Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) section13-3601, 13-3601.01, and 13-3601.02 outline some of the laws governing domestic violence and distinguishes certain occasions where a domestic violence charge can be brought as a misdemeanor or a felony. This may also vary depending on how certain jurisdictions and prosecuting agencies handle these matters, so you want to make sure a knowledgeable and experienced Phoenix domestic violence defense lawyer is on your side.
At MayesTelles PLLC, we are well equipped to handle serious domestic violence cases having handled thousands throughout the State of Arizona. It is our goal to defend the rights of those who have been falsely accused of domestic violence. We take the time to listen to the details of your case, help you gather evidence, and build a strong defense on your behalf.