The lawyers at Edwards & Petersen have experience in dealing with domestic violence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation regarding your domestic violence matters and find out more information below.
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.
What causes the charge of domestic violence is the relation of the individuals involved in the situation.
Arizona Domestic Violence Law Consequences
Arizona law says that domestic violence can be charged when any of the following apply to the relationship of the involved individuals:
- The victim and defendant are married, were married, or reside in the same household
- The victim and defendant have a child in common
- 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 is pressing charges despite the fact that the individual who the state designates as the victim, does not want to press charges.
This is because of the recent changes by the State Legislature which are designed to strengthen domestic violence laws The resulting change has provided the prosecutor assigned your case a method of continuing to bring charges despite what the victim may wish.
This is why you need an attorney and the Law Office of Edwards & Petersen is here to protect you and your rights. The State of Arizona is bringing the full weight of their resources to prosecute you 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
With charges this serious, now is not the time to take your chances with a public defender. Instead, now is the time to get the legal representation you deserve.
Every case is different. While we cannot promise any results we can promise that your case will receive the attention it deserves and that our team of lawyers will do their most to achieve the utmost result possible for you and your family.
We offer free consultations and flat fees for domestic violence related cases, so please contact us today so that we can begin defending you immediately.