Having a Glendale domestic violence attorney with extensive experience in defending against criminal domestic violence charges is essential to protecting your rights and your future. You need to bring a good criminal defense lawyer on board immediately upon being arrested and before making any statement to law enforcement or prosecutors. Your lawyer may be able to prevent charges from being filed, prevent incriminating statements from being made, prevent prosecutors from filing additional charges, and keep you out of prison. Even if the evidence is so strong that you are likely to ultimately be convicted, your lawyer may be able to work out a deal where the charges are reduced so you don’t have to do jail time.
Being accused of domestic violence can be one of the most stressful and frustrating experiences of your life. Glendale domestic violence lawyer, Craig Orent can make it easier by helping you build a defense in a domestic violence case. Domestic violence charges are sometimes made by one partner in the heat of anger, even though nothing actually happened to warrant the charge. On the other hand, sometimes one partner, also in the heat of anger, will lash out in a way that the other interprets as a threat—even if no physical contact occurred and even if no threat was actually intended.
That’s how you might find yourself facing a domestic violence charge as a result of a misunderstanding, a simple argument that got loud, or a loss of temper.
That is not to say that all domestic violence situations are so benign; some are very serious and very real. More than one in three women, and more than one in four men in the U.S., are victims of rape, physical assault, or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Some domestic violence accusations are a lot less than they may originally appear when the police get a call, however.
Here’s another problem: if someone calls the police with an accusation of domestic violence, someone—perhaps you—will be arrested. Even if your accuser thinks better of it and decides to recant, too bad. The prosecutor will, in all likelihood, file domestic violence charges anyway.
“Domestic violence” is never a stand-alone charge. Arizona’s criminal statutes define it as any type of criminal behavior that occurs involving a member of a family or household against another member of that family or household. Regardless of the word “violence” in the charge, actual physical violence is not a qualifying condition. Rather, it only requires a qualifying victim—or alleged victim—making the accusation.
You could be charged with intimidation, threatening, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and any number of other crimes that did not involve physical harm or even contact with the accuser; and if the alleged crime occurred in a domestic setting and the alleged victim meets the requirements of a domestic partner, you could also face aggravated penalties above and beyond those that would ordinarily be attached to the crime, simply because the person accusing you is one of the following:
Consult with an aggravated assault attorney to weigh out your defense options if you are accused of a physical assault of someone that meets the criteria above.
Domestic violence charges can be associated with not only physical abuse but also emotional or sexual abuse, as well as economic neglect or control.
These are some crimes that may, in addition to those stated above, be charged under Arizona’s domestic violence laws, qualifying them for enhanced penalties:
Even if you feel that you haven’t done anything wrong, you need to understand that Arizona takes domestic violence charges very seriously. They are not likely to blow over and just go away. Don’t speak to the police without an attorney present. Don’t be tempted to give your side of the story. You have a constitutional right to the advice of counsel. The potential consequences are so serious, it would be a mistake to waive this right or to make statements before your criminal defense lawyer in Glendale is present with you.
Depending on the nature of the underlying charge, you could be sentenced to prison time, fines, probation, anger management, and/or substance abuse classes. You could lose the right to see your children, either temporarily or permanently. You will probably be served with a court order prohibiting you from any contact with your accuser—even if that person wishes to see you and wants to retract the charges. Friends, neighbors, and co-workers may very well assume that you are guilty, even if you are never convicted in a court of law. Your reputation may be permanently damaged, even if your arrest was based entirely on false statements.
If you are facing domestic violence charges in Glendale, Phoenix, or anywhere in the state of Arizona, the law firm of criminal defense attorney Craig Orent is here to help. Craig has worked as a state prosecutor and public defender in both Arizona state and federal courts, is the recipient of numerous awards for legal excellence, and has earned the highest possible ratings by clients and peers in the legal community. Call him at your earliest opportunity if you have been arrested or accused. You have way too much to lose by failing to act. Craig will conduct a thorough investigation of the manner in which the arrest was made, the facts of the case, and the actions of law enforcement officers both before and after the arrest. He will advise you on the most effective legal strategies available and inform you of your options. He will do whatever the circumstances and the law allow in raising a powerful defense, including going to trial to fight for an acquittal if that is in your best interest. Craig has been doing this work for decades and has been highly successful in achieving positive outcomes for his clients.
The sooner you act, the better your options for the future. Call Craig Orent today.