Domestic violence allegations arise in situations where the crime involves a spouse, former spouse, individuals residing in the same household, individuals who have a child in common, and blood relatives (such as grandparents, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and in- laws). These types of cases can include a wide variety of crimes, but some of the most common Domestic Violence related crimes we see are, Dangerous Crimes Against Children, Endangerment, Threatening and Intimidating, Assault/Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage, Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Stalking, Custodial Interference, and various others.
Domestic violence claims are often made during contentious divorces or as a result of other volatile relationships and it is critical to engage with an attorney who understands the relationship dynamics involved with these types of allegations. A domestic violence related conviction can have lasting consequences, including a criminal record, potential restriction of gun rights, inability to pursue certain employment opportunities, potential immigration issues and could also negatively affect child custody and divorce proceedings. Because significant and lasting consequences can result from a domestic violence conviction, it is critical to seek the advice of an experienced domestic violence criminal defense attorney who will vigorously defend you throughout the often complex and stressful court proceedings to ensure your rights and reputation are protected.Domestic Violence Penalties
Domestic violence is taken very seriously in the State of Arizona and law enforcement may arrest an individual if the officer has probable cause to believe that domestic violence has been committed, even if it was committed outside the presence of the officer. If you have been charged with a domestic violence related offense, you could be facing penalties including prison or jail sentences, probation, restraining orders, financial restitution to the victim, domestic violence classes and community work service. Using a weapon, causing substantial injuries or threatening/injuring a minor can all result in harsher penalties. You may also face enhanced penalties if you have an existing criminal record. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for the third time in an 84-month period, you could be charged with a felony. This is considered aggravated domestic violence; it is a class five felony and carries up to a 2.5-year prison sentence.Need an Attorney for a Domestic Violence Case in Tempe?
If you have been charged with any violations involving domestic violence, contact a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney to discuss your options. The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC is available to provide you with a free consultation to discuss possible defense strategies in your case. Mr. Buckallew recognizes the long-term damage that a criminal conviction brings and will fight vigorously to defend you against these charges. By challenging weaknesses in the evidence and testimony being presented against you, he may be able to negotiate a reduction in charges or even a dismissal in cases where the evidence is insufficient or other significant issues exist.
Mr. Buckallew has significant experience in criminal defense litigation and has a proven track record in successfully resolving many domestic violence related cases over the course of his nearly 20-year career. He has extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedures, enabling him to answer questions regarding your case, discuss your legal options, advise you of the best course of action in your case and provide you with aggressive representation in court.
If you are facing Domestic Violence charges in the Metro Phoenix area, including Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, San Tan Valley or any surrounding areas, contact the Firm today for a free evaluation of your case.