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What to Know About Domestic Violence in Arizona

June 22, 2018

Domestic violence is a serious charge that can carry significant consequences. If you are charged with domestic violence, work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands how to defend against these charges and to help you minimize the impact on your life. Here is what you need to know about the domestic violence laws in Arizona and impacts of being charged or convicted of these crimes.

Domestic violence laws are broad.

Domestic violence laws encompass a wide range of accusations. Physical or sexual violence or intimidation of any kind between domestic partners is considered to be domestic violence. Making verbal threats without making any kind of physical contact can also lead to domestic violence charges when the threats happen between domestic partners. Domestic violence can be tacked onto nearly any criminal accusation when the incident occurs between people who share a family connection or intimate relationship. For this reason, some domestic violence charges are misdemeanors when others are felonies.

There are multiple defenses used in domestic violence cases.

Your lawyer may recommend that you fight your charges by presenting a defense. Common defenses for domestic violence include self-defense, defense of property, and defense of others. Your attorney will review the facts of your case and determine if you have a defense that can be used. He or she will use your defense to argue for your case to be dismissed or to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced.

Charges can cause issues for your employment.

In some fields, being charged with domestic violence can cause problems with your work, even if you are not convicted. Any job that requires a fingerprint clearance card from the Arizona Department of Public Safety could be impacted. Charges can also impact immigration status and child custody.


Janet Altschuler, Attorney at Law, can help you take a strong stance against domestic violence charges in Tucson. When you’re facing criminal charges, call (520) 247-1789 to hire a defense attorney who will work hard to fight for your rights.

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