If you are dealing with domestic violence charges, you should fight the case with a Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney by your side.
According to the Office of the Governor of Arizona, Arizona police officers make a domestic violence arrest every 19 minutes. Under Arizona law, the offenses of assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage and trespassing, to name a few, can be filed as domestic violence cases if a certain relationship exists between the victim and the defendant. Domestic violence cases can be misdemeanors or felonies.
If you find yourself in a situation where police may arrest you for domestic violence, you have important constitutional rights. Your most important right is the right to remain silent. While most people want to be cooperative with police, the police may end up using any statements you make against you. You also have a right to seek the assistance of an attorney. It is in your best interest to exercise both these rights when contacted with law enforcement.
As a Phoenix criminal defense attorney, clients charged with domestic violence frequently come to my office and tell me that the victim, usually their spouse, significant other or roommate, wants to “drop the charges.” In Arizona, we have “Victim’s Rights” legislation, however, those rights do not typically include the right to decide whether or not to press charges. The prosecutor’s office usually controls the pace and the outcome of the proceedings but often include victims in the process. Often, victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection to prevent the defendant from having any contact with the victim. A person charged with domestic violence may also be told to move out of a shared residence.
Those convicted of domestic violence can pay a high price. Persons convicted of domestic violence face penalties that include fines, jail time, mandatory counseling sessions and even prison. It is also important to know that a domestic violence conviction can impact a person’s immigration status. Even if a defendant accepts a diversion agreement or enters into a deferred judgment agreement, the defendant may still face deportation, removal or be prevented from getting immigration status in the United States.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is imperative that you exercise your rights and aggressively defend against the charges. Make an appointment with an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney to evaluate your case and advise you on your options.