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Domestic Violence FAQ

What do I do if I have been arrested?

It is important that you seek legal assistance from a qualified and experienced Scottsdale domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible. You need to do everything you can to protect your rights to help ensure that you have the best chance at avoiding overzealous prosecution and punishment. With the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, you could be able to achieve your goals in your case.

What is a felony domestic violence charge?

Felony domestic violence offenses are more serious. You will likely be charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor if you have have committed similar offenses in the past or if the alleged victim has injuries like cuts, bruises, and broken bones. For a less serious felony, there will probably still be time spent in state prison, but it will be shorter than for a more serious offense. If death has resulted from domestic violence, life in prison may result. If you have been accused of domestic violence, do not contact the accuser. This may result in aggravating the matter and a more serious penalty for you. Joshua S. Davidson PLC, a former prosecutor, has represented many clients accused of domestic violence and will fight to protect your rights and your freedom.

Felony Domestic Violence Penalties

Under Arizona law, aggravated assault is, "the unlawful attack by one person upon another with the intent of inflicting serious bodily injury". Aggravated domestic violence is a class 5 felony and a first conviction may result in 2.5 years in prison. If you are charged with the use of a weapon or causing serious bodily injury, you will most likely be charged with aggravated assault, which is a more serious class 3 felony. You will be facing 5 to 15 years in prison. If you are a repeat offender and are convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence for the third time in a 7 year period, you can be charged with a felony and sentenced to appropriate prison time. In addition, all domestic violence convictions require attendance in a domestic violence treatment program. As a convicted felon you will lose some of your civil rights, including the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to own a gun. Such stiff penalties may alter the course of your life forever. A Scottsdale domestic violence attorney will aggressively provide a vigorous defense for your case.

Do I still need an attorney if the accusations against me are false or exaggerated?

It is in your best interests to speak immediately with a lawyer if you have been charged with a crime that you did not commit. Nothing could be worse than facing jail or prison time for false, incorrect or exaggerated charges. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to work with you to give you the defense that you need.

Will I have to go to jail if I am convicted?

Depending up on the charges, you may be forced to spend time in jail or prison. Your defense lawyer should be working hard to help ensure that you avoid such punishments that could greatly affect your life and that of your family. It is paramount that you ensure that your rights are protected.

How can an attorney help me?

A lawyer who is skilled in the area of defending domestic violence crimes could make the difference between success and failure in your criminal case. It is important that you leave your future in the capable hands of an attorney who knows how to defend you and your legal rights. A skilled legal team could be able to get you a reduced sentence or even get your charges dismissed altogether, depending upon the circumstances of your case.

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