Protecting Yourself Against Domestic Violence Charges in Arizona

Domestic violence accusations are an issue that affects many households in Tucson, Arizona. It can take many forms, including physical, emotional, and psychological abuse. Arizona Law defines domestic violence as one of several criminal offenses in which the victim is related to the alleged perpetrator by marriage, former marriage, or having resided in the same household. 

Domestic violence by itself is not usually considered a standalone crime but is instead an allegation that increases the sentence of an underlying crime. These crimes may include, but are not limited to, assault, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, harassment, threats, or crimes against a child that rise to the level of abuse, endangerment, or sex crimes. Arizona law enhances penalties for these crimes under domestic violence circumstances. However, there are defenses available against such accusations, focusing on the nature of the alleged offense and the relationship dynamics to ensure fair legal treatment and protect against wrongful allegations.

If you have been charged with domestic violence in Tucson, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our criminal defense firm not only provides excellent representation in the courtroom but also considers the potential long-term effects receiving a domestic violence conviction can have on your future. We will work closely with you to ensure your rights are defended and you get the best result possible based on your case's circumstances. We offer a free consultation so that you can best understand your next steps. 

Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges in Arizona

To reduce punishment or possibly dismiss charges in alleged criminal domestic violence cases, several defenses can be strategically employed:

  1. Challenging the Victim's Claims: This involves carefully examining and challenging each allegation made by the victim. Gathering facts and evidence that dispute or cast doubt on these claims is crucial.

  1. Uncovering Motive for False Allegations: Sometimes, the victim might have reasons to exaggerate or lie about claims, such as personal rivalries or custody battles. Establishing these motives can greatly affect the credibility of the victim's testimony.

  1. Asserting Self-Defense: If you acted in self-defense, proving this can be a strong defense. This requires demonstrating that your actions were a necessary response to an immediate threat of harm.

  1. Highlighting the Lack of Additional Evidence or Witnesses: Pointing out the absence of supporting evidence or independent witnesses can weaken the prosecution's case, especially if it relies heavily on the victim's testimony.

  1. Investigating the Victim's Background: Researching the victim's past for any history of making false claims or engaging in criminal activities can be used to question their reliability and character in court.

  1. Developing Mitigating Information: In cases where conviction seems likely or to negotiate a more favorable plea deal, presenting mitigating factors to the prosecutor and judge is vital. This can include evidence of good character, lack of prior criminal history, remorse, willingness to undergo counseling, and other factors that suggest a lower risk of reoffending.

Each of these strategies requires thorough investigation, evidence gathering, and, often, expert testimony to be effective. The goal is to create reasonable doubt about the prosecution's case or to present a more nuanced picture of the situation to reduce the severity of the outcome.

What Happens After A Domestic Violence Accusation?

In violent crime cases, prosecutors often don't drop charges even if the victim asks them to. They'd rather go to court and lose than risk bad publicity from dropping a case and then having the accused harm the victim again.

For first-time offenses, you might get a chance at diversion, where you attend counseling, and then the charges are dropped if you complete the program. But, accepting diversion means you have to admit you did the crime, which can cause problems with your job, child custody, and professional licenses. The main goal is to get charges dropped, and diversion does that once you complete the counseling program, but it's not always the best choice.

If diversion isn't offered or doesn't seem right, going to trial might be your next step, especially if you're innocent or the deal you're offered is too harsh. To get a better deal or prepare for trial, you'll need to work on your defense and ways to lessen the severity of the case.

Contact a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Tucson, Arizona

Facing domestic violence charges in Tucson, Arizona, can be a daunting and life-changing event. Arizona treats domestic violence offenses with the highest level of seriousness, and the penalties upon conviction can be severe, especially for individuals with prior offenses. The consequences might include imprisonment, hefty fines, probation, mandatory educational programs or community service, and possibly a lasting criminal record.

As your committed attorney in Tucson with expertise in domestic violence cases, we are here to offer you both confidence and compassion during this challenging time. We understand the emotional toll domestic violence charges can take on your life, and our mission is to provide you with the support, guidance, and strong legal representation you need.

If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our goal with the case evaluation is to help clarify the charges you face and help you understand your next steps. Our firm serves the areas of Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, South Tucson, and other areas around Pima County. We can also serve those who live in Nogales, Rio Rico, and other areas in Santa Cruz County.

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