Domestic violence charges are one of the more common charges that we see at our office. The situation often occurs where law enforcement officers are called to a home where two occupants of a residence are in a heated argument. As a result, the Gilbert Police Department is called by either neighbors or one of the occupants. Law enforcement then usually makes a quick decision to arrest one or both individuals (regardless of whether a crime occurred or not) in an effort to diffuse the situation. This generally and likely will result in criminal charges for one or both of the parties involved—even if both parties do not wish to press charges on each other. Call Rosenstein Law Group today at (480) 248-7666 to speak with an experienced Gilbert criminal defense attorney today.
To better understand domestic violence charges, it may be easier to think of them as more of a designation that is attached to other crimes. For instance, domestic violence assault or domestic violence disorderly conduct. The charge of domestic violence hinges upon the relationship of the parties involved in the conflict—this is what qualifies a crime as a domestic violence crime. See below an illustration on how some of the relationships that will qualify a charge to be designated as domestic violence are if the involved parties are:
This relationship must be proven by the prosecutor to successfully prosecute a domestic violence charge. Domestic violence charges expose an individual to harsher than usual punishments which could lead to penalties including the confiscation of firearms. Given the harsh penalties associated with domestic violence charges in Arizona, it is imperative that you seek to consult with a criminal defense professional regarding your case. Our attorneys have dealt with domestic violence charges on many occasions. You can call our office to set up a free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (480) 248-7666.