Are You Facing Domestic Violence Allegations?

If you are facing domestic violence charges in Arizona or are under investigation, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. These cases are almost always very complex and cover a wide range of offenses. Don’t make the mistake of trying to fight these accusations on your own.

The state uses an established set of criteria to determine when an offense can be classified as domestic violence.

  • The offense was carried out against a spouse, former spouse or against a person living in the same household
  • The parties involved have a child together
  • The parties involved are related by blood or through marriage (in-law)
  • The victim of the offense is a child who resides in the household
  • The victim is a child who is related by blood or marriage
  • The parties involved are currently or previously involved in a romantic relationship

Domestic violence laws span a wide range of offenses, including violent acts and property crimes. Depending on the nature of the offense, penalties can range from community service and probation to years in prison.

Examples of domestic violence offences include:

  • Criminal damage
  • Trespass
  • Assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Intimidation
  • Endangerment
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Child abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Dangerous crimes against children

It’s important to know that the offenses mentioned above are not an exhaustive list. Someone with previous domestic violence convictions could face aggravated felony charges.

What Are the Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction?

A domestic violence conviction can lead to a wide range of penalties, from probation to serious prison time.

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence: A judge can sentence someone to jail time for certain misdemeanor domestic violence convictions. However, it’s not uncommon to negotiate a reduced sentence and avoid jail time. Incarceration can be avoided for some misdemeanor offenders who agree to attend domestic violence offender treatment programs along with probation or community service.

Michelle Bell has successfully defended clients just like you. A skilled and dedicated attorney will work to have your charges reduced, dismissed or acquitted at trial.

Aggravated Domestic Violence: Some domestic violence offenses rise to the level of a felony. This is known as Aggravated Domestic Violence. Someone who is charged with a third domestic violence offense within a certain period of time will be charged with a Class 5 Felony and could face more than two years in prison.

Felony Domestic Assault: Even a first-time domestic assault will be charged as a felony when it results in serious bodily injury or involves the use of a weapon. This Class 3 Felony carries a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 15 years.

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence