Mesa Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers
Tackling Serious Cases in the East Valley
Often when the police are called about an altercation, the call is placed believing that the police can deescalate the situation and all the parties will calm down. However, what is often unknown to the caller is that the police are required to take at least one person into custody if they believe the situation warrants such action, which is what happens most of the time with domestic violence situations. When the police arrive, they do not care who placed the call, who started the argument, or if the situation has calmed down.
The Mesa domestic violence defense lawyers at Edwards & Petersen | PLC have extensive experience representing those accused of violence. We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and ensuring that their case is given the time and attention it deserves.
Defining Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is generally any type of physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological abuse that harms or threatens to harm someone with whom the perpetrator has a domestic relationship.
Domestic violence can be charged when:
- The victim and defendant are married, were married, or reside in the same household
- The victim and defendant have a child together
- The victim or defendant is pregnant by the other party
- The victim is related to the defendant by blood or the defendant’s spouse by blood or court order
Often the state presses charges despite the fact that the victim does not want to press charges. This is because of the recent changes by the state legislature that are designed to strengthen domestic violence laws. This change has provided prosecutors a method of continuing to bring charges despite what the victim may wish.
Domestic Violence Consequences in Arizona
The state of Arizona brings the full weight of their resources to prosecute those who commit domestic violence, and the consequences of being found guilty of domestic violence are severe.
These consequences can include:
- Loss of gun rights
- Limitations in child visitation or loss of custody
- Jail time
- Mandatory counseling
- A criminal record
These penalties can be life-changing, affecting your ability to get a job, provide for yourself or your family, and enjoy your full constitutional rights.
If you have been arrested because of a misunderstanding or a wrongful accusation, you need a Mesa domestic violence defense lawyer on your side. Edwards & Petersen | PLC is here to help.
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