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Definition of 'victim' for domestic violence charges is expansive

Being accused of domestic violence is a serious situation in Arizona. Depending on the underlying crime, domestic violence could be considered a felony. Felony charges can have a serious impact on a person's life. Therefore, it is important to understand all the elements of a domestic violence charge when formulating a defense, including who can be the victim of domestic violence.

In order to be convicted on domestic violence charges in Florida, the actions one is accused of must have occurred between household or family members. While some people may think this is limited to one's spouse and children, the definition of household or family members for the purposes of domestic violence charges is much broader than that.

A person can commit domestic violence against an ex-spouse. It can also be committed against anyone who resides in the accused individual's household or one who used to reside in the household. If a person has a child with another person, the child's other parent can be a victim of domestic violence. In addition, a woman who is pregnant by the accused, whether they are married, in a relationship or not, can be the victim of domestic violence. Also, domestic violence can be committed against someone who is in a romantic or sexual relationship with the accused.

Domestic violence can also be committed against blood relatives of the accused or their spouse. This includes grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings. In addition, the accused's parents-in-law, siblings-in-law, stepchildren and step-grandchildren, can be victims of domestic violence.

As this shows, what constitutes a household or family member for the purposes of domestic violence charges is quite expansive. And, unfortunately, when police are called to the scene of a potential incident of domestic violence, they might make an immediate judgment against the accused. However, those accused of domestic violence still have constitutional rights and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, it is important to prepare a solid defense strategy when countering allegations of domestic violence.

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