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Domestic violence is a common criminal accusation, as many different actions could qualify as this crime in Arizona. Domestic violence can refer to physical, verbal, or emotional assaults or abuse, as well as neglect. The broad definition of the crime leads to many allegations and charges against innocent people.
In Arizona, “domestic violence” is a crime one household or family member commits against another. A variety of actions – physical and verbal – may constitute domestic violence under the wrong circumstances. Domestic violence is a tricky crime because once a person alleges domestic violence or abuse, he or she cannot take it back.
Understanding your rights as a criminal defendant in Arizona starts with learning the difference between a misdemeanor, felony, and aggravated felony. The penalties and potential consequences you could face will vary based on the classification of your alleged crime. An aggravated felony is one of the more serious classifications, with penalties that could impact you for life.
Too many criminal defendants in Arizona opt for subpar public defenders instead of skilled private criminal defense attorneys due to lawyer costs. This decision, however, can determine a defendant’s entire future. The capabilities of your attorney will directly correlate with positive or negative case outcomes.
Although it’s too late for Proposition 205, or the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative, to make it onto the November 6, 2018 ballot, that doesn’t mean the end of the recreational legalization effort. It only means people in support of the measure will have to try again during the next election session.