In the state of Arizona, domestic violence is taken very seriously and those who are convicted of this crime can face serious consequences. According to the state of Arizona, domestic violence is a criminal act of abuse that is committed by one family member against another family member. Keep in mind, however, that these criminal acts need not be violent to be considered domestic violence. In fact, the definition of domestic violence includes any of the following types of abuse:
- sexual abuse
- physical abuse
- economic control
- emotional (verbal) abuse
- child abuse
- elder abuse
- restraining order violation
- disorderly contact
- false imprisonment
For those who are convicted of domestic violence, your first offense will be a misdemeanor, depending on the nature and severity of the crime. However, those found guilty of domestic violence three times within a seven year period can be charged with a felony crime, which typically comes with a prison sentence.
Domestic Violence in Arizona
The Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3601 explains that the relationship between the parties is what determines a case to fall under the label of domestic violence. This means that the parties do not have to be married or related by blood. In fact, the relationship between the parties constitutes those who are living together or involved in a romantic or sexual relationship or whom have lived together in the past. To take it a step further, domestic violence also encompasses anyone related to another through blood or marriage, even if that person does not live with you or lives in another state.
What are Arizona’s Domestic Violence Penalties?
Depending on the nature and the number of offenses, a domestic violence charge can fall under a misdemeanor or a felony. If the circumstances of the crime contained a weapon or resulted in the injury of another person, the charges can be severe. On the other hand, if the charges are less severe, you may only face probation and will have to attend counseling for domestic violence. If you own a firearm, this privilege may be revoked. Also, if children are involved, there may be limits to custody or visitation rights. Other ways you could be affected is by loss of your job and reputation.
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