Legal Support In Matters Of Domestic Violence
What can you do if the police are coming to your home to charge you with domestic violence?
You must remember that you have a right to remain silent and not say anything to the officers. You should seclude yourself from the complaining party whenever possible. If children are involved, most likely the officers will talk to them as well depending on their age. Any charge of domestic violence is more defensible without your admissions or confessions to the crime.
You can be charged with domestic violence pursuant to A.R.S. §13-3601. In order to be charged with domestic violence, the Court must find a domestic relationship between the parties. For instance, is the victim and the defendant related? Are they related by marriage, birth of a child, family members or even a romantic or sexual relationship will suffice.
Domestic violence charges can range from disorderly conduct, criminal damage, assault among others. They are usually charged as misdemeanors, however, they can they be charges of aggravated domestic violence under A.R.S. §13-3601.02.
What Are The Penalties?
A person facing domestic violence charges for the first time will usually get 26 hours of domestic violence counseling with some form of unsupervised probation. A person with a prior domestic violence record will face stiffer penalties and more hours of counseling as well. It is very important to know that if you are not a U.S. citizen, some domestic violence charges are considered deportable offenses. In those circumstances, it is best that he or she consults with an immigration attorney. Any person facing domestic violence charges should seek advise of legal counsel. Even if it’s a first time offense, a person with a domestic violence record can be facing other collateral issues such as suspension of your license to work or security clearance.