Aggressive Glendale Domestic Violence Attorneys

Domestic violence is one of the most serious misdemeanor charges you can face because of the numerous collateral consequences that will occur if you are convicted. A conviction can change your life in very bad ways.

It is critical that you contact a lawyer as soon as you are charged in order to maximize your chances of winning or getting a favorable outcome to your case. Schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of John Phebus as soon as possible.

What Is Domestic Violence?

  • If you a charged with a crime as a result of a fight, criminal damage, disorderly conduct or other criminal act with your spouse, parent, brother, sister other close relative or even your roommate , your charge will be called a "domestic violence" offense.

Domestic violence is a hot button social issue. True domestic violence, where one spouse mentally or physically abuses the other, often for years and with devastating consequences for the entire family, must be treated with the utmost seriousness. However, the vast majority of cases involving "domestic violence" are more complicated and not so simple to classify. Most situations involve a lot of mutual behavior by both sides that culminates in the police getting called. When the police arrive, they have to make a quick decision about who is guilty. Even though both husband and wife almost always bear some of the blame, the officer will have to decide who to charge and who to classify as the victim. For practical reasons, charging both sides is rarely done.

Peoria Disorderly Conduct Lawyers

Something as minor as a loud verbal argument could get you charged with disorderly conduct or threatening and intimidating. Once the police decide that you are the bad guy, you will be taken to jail, charged with a crime and be put in the position of having to defend yourself.

People have a common misunderstanding about court. Many people believe that if it is your word versus someone else's and there is no other evidence, a person cannot be found guilty. This is not true. In the vast majority of misdemeanor cases, convictions are obtained by the government merely on the testimony of a single witness who was present.

  • In Arizona, if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, you must be ordered to attend at least a 26-week domestic violence class, which usually costs about $600.

However, the most severe consequences will hit only after you leave Court.

  • If you are a teacher, your fingerprint clearance card will probably be revoked. If you are a nurse or other person who comes into contact with small children, you could lose your fingerprint clearance card. You will be out of a job or a career that you invested many years in.

You will be barred for life from owning a firearm.

The Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 amended the Federal Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9). Under its provisions, it is unlawful for an individual convicted of a state or federal "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" to "ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition."

  • Law enforcement officers and governmental employees (such as security guards or military personnel) are not exempt from this law with respect to their receipt or possession of firearms or ammunition.

Therefore, law enforcement and other government employees who have been convicted of a qualifying misdemeanor will not be able to lawfully possess or receive firearms or ammunition for any purposes, including performing their official duties.

Hunting and the right to bear arms are major parts of our western heritage, of our Arizona tradition. Imagine being unable to ever hunt with your son or daughter because you got into a shoving match with your significant other or roommate.

If you are not a United States citizen, and you get convicted of a domestic violence offense, you will probably be barred from ever becoming an American citizen. Even if you are in the U.S. legally, you may be deported if you are convicted.

Contact Our Glendale Firm

If you have questions regarding domestic violence defense, schedule a free consultation at The Law Offices of John Phebus. Our domestic violence lawyers can be reached by calling 623-377-7459 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available based on the needs of our clients.