Tempe Arizona Domestic Violence Attorney. Domestic violence is not, in itself, a crime. It is a label put on certain other crimes where a person of certain relationship is the victim of the crime. One definition is, the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior; as part of a systematic pattern of power and control by one intimate partner in the relationship against another. Since this relationship is usually a spouse it may also carry the label of spouse abuse. But it can also be as distant as the child of a former live-in boyfriend or girlfriend. In addition, it can also apply to someone you were in a romantic relationship with but did not live with.
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Also, the label of domestic violence does not increase the penalty for the offense besides requiring counseling. But, if the offense is the third offense in seven years; you could be facing felony charges with a minimum mandatory sentence of 4 months in prison.
In addition to these consequences, this conviction will keep you from ever purchasing a firearm from a federal firearms dealer. Therefore, you may not pass a federal background check. Furthermore, if you are not a United States citizen, there can also be significant immigration consequences.
Therefore, you should always consult a lawyer if you are facing this offense. I have also seen offenses not eligible for this label charged as domestic violence. Also, it may also be possible, in some cases, to avoid a conviction if you successfully complete counseling.
I am Attorney Scott Campbell, if you are looking for a Tempe criminal defense attorney, please contact our firm. Because our attorneys have the necessary experience; that will help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Call me right away if you are facing any domestic relationship offense. We can review your case to determine the best way to handle it. Put our experience to work for you, call today and get the help you need.