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In Arizona, an alleged victim of domestic violence may bring criminal charges. These are taken very seriously in the eyes of the law, and when you're facing an accusation or have been charged with domestic violence, it is in your best interest to contact a Tucson domestic violence attorney for high-quality legal representation.
If the domestic violence crime is considered to be “aggravated,” you can face 36 months in prison if it is your first offense. The minimum jail sentence for aggravated domestic violence depends on if you have had prior convictions. Depending on the situation, a defendant may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. As a result, a conviction could result in a range of punishments. Regardless of the charges, you should contact a Tucson domestic violence lawyer immediately.
Facing domestic violence charges? Get the legal advice you need during a free in-person consultation. Call (520) 251-9561 for an appointment. Se habla español.
Criminal Charges Involving Family Members
Domestic violence offenses may include assault, stalking, sexual abuse, strangulation, and other criminal acts. These crimes are considered domestic violence when they occur between people who are legally married or formerly married, share a child, or are involved in an intimate relationship, even if they do not live together.
Possible defenses to criminal charges may include:
- Mental defect or mental illness
- Restraining for medical or dental care purposes
- Justification, such as for a parent using non-deadly force for discipline purposes
Punishment for Domestic Violence in Arizona
If you are charged with domestic violence in Arizona, you can face serious punishment. The punishment is the same as the underlying offense, however in certain circumstances, you can face additional punishments. For example, if the offense is committed knowingly against a pregnant victim, the maximum imprisonment sentence can be increased by two years.
Honest, Aggressive Legal Representation in Arizona
When you need a domestic violence attorney in Tucson, Attorney Carlos A. Medina provides quality legal representation at a reasonable cost. He will evaluate your case, explain the defense strategy for your situation, and keep you informed every step of the way. The Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC is even available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and concerns.
Contact our Tucson domestic violence lawyer at (520) 251-9561 to learn more about how we can help you.
Do I have to consent to a search of my home or vehicle?A: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that law enforcement cannot simply search you or your property or make an arrest without probable cause. You have the right to refuse a law enforcement officer’s request to search your car or your home, but if they have a warrant or believe they have probable cause, they may be able to conduct a search. If you believe your property was illegally searched, an attorney can assess the situation and determine whether this can be used to your advantage in challenging your arrest or charges.
What are my rights if I'm arrested?A: If you’re arrested, you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you. These rights are essential, as anything you say or do after you are taken into custody may be used against you in court. Exercise your rights and protect your interests.
If I refuse to give a statement or answer a question, will I face criminal charges?A: As already mentioned, you have the right to remain silent. You can politely refuse to answer questions posed to you by a police officer, and you should not face criminal charges simply for exercising this right. Depending on the situation, however, you may still be arrested and taken into custody. Be sure to request to speak to your attorney, who may be able to challenge an unlawful arrest.
What is a plea agreement? Should I accept it?A: A plea agreement typically involves lesser charges or punishment offered in exchange for a plea of guilty or no contest. Do not accept a plea offer without first talking to your attorney. You need to be certain that this is in your best interests. In some cases, a skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to fight your charges and help you avoid a conviction altogether – which is far more advantageous than any plea agreement.
If I’m innocent, do I really need an attorney?A: Guilt or innocence aside, your future is in jeopardy in the face of criminal allegations. You need an attorney who can protect your rights to show the judge and jury that you are innocent. Legal processes must be followed, and attempts by the prosecuting attorney and law enforcement to secure a conviction must be effectively countered. Even if you are innocent, you need a professional to handle your case.