The crimes of assault and domestic violence are among the most serious crimes on the books in Arizona and carry with them penalties commensurate with the seriousness of their nature. Domestic violence charges may involve a number of variables, including whether it was a one-time occurrence or a repeat offense, injuries involved, restraining orders, the presence of children, and more. With more than 5,000 reported cases of assault/battery and more than 15,000 cases of domestic violence in Arizona each year these crimes are, sadly, all too common. However, there is nothing that feels common about standing accused of such crimes, and if you’ve been accused of either assault and battery or domestic violence, your first step is acquiring legal representation from an experienced domestic violence attorney in Phoenix at the Schill Law Group.
Definition of Domestic Violence in Arizona
The state of Arizona defines domestic violence as almost any criminal act of abuse committed by one “family or household member” against another. Several Arizona laws can be considered domestic violence offenses if there is a qualifying victim. These crimes are not all violent in nature. Domestic violence abuse can involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic control, emotional abuse, and neglect. Some examples of domestic abuse crimes include:
- Assault and battery
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
- Criminal trespass
- Disorderly conduct
- Witness intimidation
Three convictions of misdemeanor domestic violence that occur within a seven year period can result in being charged with aggravated domestic violence, which is a Class 5 felony that carries with it up to two and a half years in prison for a first conviction. If you are facing misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charges, you need experienced legal representation. A domestic violence attorney in Phoenix at The Schill Law Group will ensure that your rights are invoked and protected as the legal process plays itself out, as a conviction on these charges can carry with it very real consequences, and it is vitally important that you receive aggressive legal representation. Our domestic violence attorneys are experienced in the handling of these delicate cases and will provide the type of vigorous and well-planned representation that is crucial to your defense.
Could a domestic abuse or domestic violence case be dismissed?
Charges of domestic abuse/domestic violence are aggressively prosecuted. Even if a victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence decides they do not wish to press charges, the case will not be dismissed. Only the Prosecuting Attorney has the authority to drop charges once they are filed. The victim in a domestic abuse case is considered to be a witness for the state and does not have the authority to drop the charges. Even if the victim refuses to testify against the defendant, the state will, in many cases, move forward and prosecute the case. If a prosecutor chooses not to file charges, the victim is notified of the decision.
If you stand accused of assault/battery or domestic violence in Phoenix or anywhere else in Arizona, call The Schill Law Group at (480) 525-8900 to schedule your free consultation with a domestic violence attorney in Phoenix regarding your case and to learn more about our flat fee agreement. At The Schill Law Group, we have the legal knowledge to build a strong case for you with over 100 years combined experience. Our clients trust us and often refer our firm to their friends and loved ones.