Domestic Violence Defense

Domestic Violence crimes in Arizona are aggressively prosecuted. In the recent past, the Arizona legislature made changes to the State’s domestic violence laws that reflect the serious nature of the offense. And prosecutors often pursue domestic violence charges even if the victim does not wish for the charges to be brought. In criminal matters, it is important to remember that the victim of a crime does not bring criminal charges against a defendant; rather, the decision to bring or not bring charges is solely within the discretion of the prosecutor and the State of Arizona.

Domestic violence is a broad charge that includes many different criminal offenses. Many different offenses can be classified as “domestic violence” under Arizona law. (For a list of crimes that can be classified as “domestic violence,” see A.R.S. §13-3601.) At the core of the crime of domestic violence is the relationship between the parties involved. Therefore, to know whether a crime will be classified as domestic violence, we must look to the relationship of the alleged defendant and alleged victim. If the crime for which you have been accused was committed against someone who is related to you by marriage, or someone whom you have had a romantic or sexual relationship with, or someone with whom you have lived, the underlying crime may be classified as domestic violence.

The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be devastating. A conviction can result in jail time and probation, and sometimes prison, depending on the severity of the underlying offense. A domestic violence conviction can also result in mandatory domestic violence counseling that usually consists of a minimum of twenty-six (26) sessions. You may also lose your firearm privileges, along with loss or limitation on child visitation, not to mention future employment consequences.

If you have been accused of a domestic violence crime in Arizona, it is unwise to attempt to handle the case on your own. The experienced Arizona domestic violence attorneys at Giordano Spanier & Heckele, PLLC, including former prosecutor Zachary Spanier, can help provide you with an aggressive defense, and help you achieve an outcome most favorable to you. CALL TODAY for a consultation (520) 433-9031 or email us at