Heartfelt and Dedicated Representation to Ease the Stress of Being Charged
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense in Gilbert, do not hesitate to reach out for legal support. At Navarro Law, we understand the stress and anxiety you may be experiencing with an accusation of domestic violence, especially when it involves such personal relationships. Rest assured that we will do our best to defend you in court and work with prosecutors to negotiate your charges. Our firm balances warm, interpersonal communication skills with aggressive advocacy to support our clients. Let us guide you through the legal process today.
Charged with a Domestic Violence Offense? Call (480) 300-3040.
Domestic violence charges range from the misdemeanor level to the felony level. An experienced attorney can better help you determine the outcome of your charge and how to best combat the accusations against you. At Navarro Law, we will advocate relentlessly for your defense and put up a genuine fight for your side. Whether we argue for mitigated charges or even a dismissal, we will do our best to pursue the most favorable outcome possible.
What Constitutes a Crime of Domestic Violence?
According to § 13-3601, domestic violence in Arizona is a dangerous crime that occurs between a defendant and their household or family member, such as:
- a current or former spouse;
- a person residing or who had resided in the same household;
- a person with whom they have a child;
- a person who is pregnant by the defendant or who impregnated the other person;
- those related by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law;
- a child residing or who had resided in the same household as the defendant and are related by blood to the defendant or someone residing in the defendant’s household;
- a person with whom they currently have or previously had a romantic or sexual relationship.
Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, or even economic (such as controlling a spouse’s finances or financially neglecting them). Common crimes associated with domestic violence are assault, videotaping without consent, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, threatening, and kidnapping.
An act of domestic violence can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the nature of the underlying crime and the defendant’s criminal history. However, if a person is found guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence for a third time within 7 years, they could be charged with a felony for aggravated domestic violence.
Violations of Restraining Orders
Note that apparent victims of domestic violence in Arizona may petition for restraining or protective orders prohibiting contact with the defendant. Each order may differ in its terms, but some examples of what an order may require are:
- refraining from contacting the protected person (in person, by phone, by text, via social media);
- staying away from the protected person’s workplace or school;
- relinquishing firearm possession rights;
- moving out of the shared home.
Violations of the terms and conditions of a protective order could result in criminal charges. In particular, Arizona law may issue a Class 1 misdemeanor charge against a person who violates a court order like a restraining order, which is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.
Schedule a free initial consultation with Navarro Law online or at (480) 300-3040 to get started.