Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Offenses
Domestic Violence Attorney in Scottsdale
Domestic violence can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Prosecutors in Arizona have been cracking down on this type of crime. Even a misdemeanor conviction can be serious and have far reaching consequences in your live. If the victim's injuries or mild or has not been injured, you will most likely be charged with a misdemeanor. Some misdemeanor domestic violence charges include:
- Breaking and entering
- Disorderly conduct
- Interfering with the reporting of domestic violence
- Violating a restraining order
For these crimes you may receive probation, a fine, jail time, being ordered to attend a court-ordered treatment program, paying restitution to the victim. If you are a repeat offender, your misdemeanor may be prosecuted as a felony. Even if your charge is a misdemeanor, in Arizona once the charge is filed, the victim automatically becomes a witness for the prosecution and only the prosecutor may request that the charges be dropped. You will need an attorney who understands domestic violence law. Our firm has many years experience defending domestic violence clients. A Scottsdale domestic violence attorney will be able to provide the strong representation you need.
Domestic Violence Process
Even if your offense is a misdemeanor and relatively minor and non-violent, if the police receive information stating that you have committed some type of domestic violence, it is mandatory for you to be arrested and put in jail within four hours of receipt of the report. A restraining order may be filed that prohibits you from contacting your accuser. You may have to post bail. If you own a firearm you will have to turn it in to the court. It is more optimum for you to hire an attorney immediately, so your attorney may be able to get your bail reduced or your case dismissed. In Arizona with changing domestic violence laws, and zealous prosecutors, you need a lawyer intimately familiar with the system. As a former prosecutor, Joshua S. Davidson, PLC will also be zealous in defending your legal rights.
Contact a Scottsdale Domestic Violence Lawyer if you are charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.