Chandler Domestic Violence Lawyer

While any accusation of assault can have serious implications on your professional and personal prospects, it can be especially damaging if the alleged victim is a family or household member. This could lead to a domestic violence charge along with potential protective orders being filed against you.

Our talented defense attorneys want to help you if you have been arrested upon suspicion of domestic violence. A Chandler domestic violence lawyer at our Firm could provide more information about this legal concept, defend your rights during pretrial negotiations with the prosecutors,  and if need be, work to create reasonable doubt during trials.

What Does it Mean to Commit Domestic Violence?

girl covering her eyes and putting a hand in a stop signFirst off, it’s important to understand that Domestic Violence is not an actual crime itself. Instead, domestic violence is an enhancement to a crime. For example, A criminal assault charge could become have a domestic violence enhancement, if the alleged victim had a specific relationship with the accused. If so, the charge would become Assault-Domestic Violence.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3601, a person may face accusations involving domestic violence if they target a:

  • Spouse, former spouse, or a person who ever lived in the same household
  • Person with whom they have a child in common
  • Blood relation, such as a child, parent, grandparent, brother, or sister
  • Child living in the same household as the defendant who is not the defendant’s biological child
  • Partner in a romantic or sexual relationship, presently or in the past

Domestic violence enhancement to your criminal charge comes with additional penalties compared to simple assault or battery. For example, a criminal court may order a defendant to surrender all firearms during the length of the trial. Furthermore, an alleged victim may move the court to implement a protective order or restraining order that remains in effect until the conclusion of the case, and a conviction could see these orders become permanent. People who are facing domestic abuse charges should act quickly to contact our Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers in Chandler.

Charges that Accompany a Domestic Battery Offense

It’s worth stating again, An allegation involving domestic violence is not a criminal charge in and of itself. These allegations will always accompany a separate criminal accusation. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3601, these criminal accusations must fit into a specific list of offenses. These include:

  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Unlawful imprisonment
  • Making threats
  • Trespassing
  • Criminal damage

A successful defense strategy to a domestic violence related charge could include a reduction in the severity of charges, reduce jail, fines or probation, a plea bargain to a reduced sentence, or an outright dismissal of the case. This could result in not just an avoidance of the criminal penalties that accompany convictions for these offenses but also could then limits the scope of all potential protective or restraining orders. However, successfully defending a domestic violence charge requires the skill and tact of a seasoned Chandler attorney.

Contact a Chandler Domestic Violence Attorney Today

Allegations involving domestic violence have the potential to impact every part of your life. A mere arrest can result in the creation of restrictive protective orders or require you to surrender your firearms. Convictions for offenses can require you to pay heavy fines, attend counseling, go on probation, or even spend time in jail.

A Chandler domestic violence lawyer could help you work to avoid these outcomes. If you are facing allegations of violence or threats against a family or household member, reach out to our Law Office of Brandon White Team today. Let us help you navigate this often confusing and stressful process.