When Is An Offense Considered Domestic Violence? While most people assume that an incident of domestic violence only involves a spouse, this is not the case. In Arizona, domestic violence can be defined more broadly. It’s important to understand when an incident could be classified as domestic violence because you should take any and all charges seriously.

Domestic violence charges could involve a stepchild, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, a sister, brother, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or even a boyfriend or girlfriend. If you were involved in a confrontation with one of these people, and that person chooses to call the police or press charges, you could be facing a domestic violence offense. Bear in mind that even though the term “violence” is referenced in this kind of charge, it doesn’t always mean that every event falling under this category involves extremely violent instances.

What’s Considered Domestic Violence?

There are numerous different incidents that occur between two family members or significant others that might be classified as domestic violence. These include criminal damages, harassment, criminal trespass, threatening, assault, disorderly conduct, or even kidnapping. There may be other charges linked to a domestic violence allegation, so long as the other circumstances meet the definition of domestic violence.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine the various ramifications of the specific charges in your case.

There is a lot of gray area when it comes to domestic violence because typically the events leading to charges have to do with private family matters. An argument can spin out of control and the neighbors might call the police, leading to possible domestic abuse charges. This is just one example. There are many factors at play in a domestic violence incident, and it can be difficult for police officers and judges to pull the relevant information upon arriving at the scene.

What If I’m Charged?

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need to understand the complexity and severity of these charges. You might view the event in question as a time when things got heated, too loud, or just crossed the line from an angry argument. The court might not see it that way, however. It’s very important that you walk through the circumstances of your arrest in detail with your attorney. This helps to pull together relevant details and determine the best possible strategy for your defense.

Even though you might feel like the root cause of the disagreement between you and the other individual was a misunderstanding, things can easily be taken out of context when domestic violence charges are on the line. That’s why you need to have the knowledge and experience of someone who understands these issues well. You should never have to rely on yourself as the strongest defense in a domestic violence case. Since the outcomes of the case could influence your life forever, you need to entrust the management of your case to someone who knows the law and will work hard to advocate for you. If you have questions about domestic violence charges and the possible penalties you could face, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please feel free to contact Mesa Criminal Attorney, Garrett L. Smith at 480-540-6021 log on to www.mycriminaldefenselawyeraz.com, or contact an attorney in your area.