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Domestic violence charges cannot be dropped easily

No family is perfect. Most individuals in Arizona will get into a fight with their spouse, child, romantic partner or other family member from time to time. Most of the times these fights are ultimately not that serious, and the parties resolve the situation relatively quickly and easily. However, other times, one party will claim the other party has committed an act of domestic violence, which could open a "Pandora's box" of legal ramifications for the accused.

Man running for seat in Arizona Senate charged with assault

Being a politician means having every aspect of your professional and personal life scrutinized. Therefore, politicians who are charged with a crime may be judged harshly by the public, even if it turns out they are innocent. One Arizona man running for a seat in the state senate may face such scrutiny after having been charged with assault after an alleged altercation with his former girlfriend.

Domestic violence charges can affect one's right to buy a firearm

Oftentimes, a domestic dispute comes down to nothing more than a "he said, she said," argument. Unfortunately, some people will claim -- even falsely -- that an act of domestic violence has occurred. This is very serious, as being charged with domestic violence can affect a person's rights in Arizona, including the right to purchase or own a firearm.

What constitutes the crime of assault in Arizona?

When people in Arizona think of the crime of assault, they may imagine a person who was brutally beaten in a fight with another person. Therefore, it may be surprising to hear that, in Arizona, a person can be charged with assault even if they never harmed the other party. In Arizona, assault occurs when a person either threatens to injure someone or tries to do so. Under Arizona statutes, assault can be intentional, knowing or reckless.

Neighborhood argument leads to assault charges

Some may say that "good fences make good neighbors," but it is still the case that neighbors don't always see eye-to-eye. Sometimes, this means they'll simply ignore each other, but other times heated arguments can ensue. Such arguments ultimately lead to one or both parties being charged with a crime. For example, a 23-year-old Arizona man is facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating a 70-year-old man. However, the accused claims the older man hit him first.

Who is covered by Arizona's domestic violence laws?

Family relationships can be complicated, and, even in the best of circumstances, friction can occur even between people who love one another. Unfortunately, sometimes arguments escalate to the point where one party accuses the other of domestic violence. Some people in Arizona may think that domestic violence can only occur between married spouses. Actually, there are numerous relationships that someone could have with another person that would fall under Arizona's domestic violence laws.

Can a firearm be seized in a domestic violence arrest?

If a person in Arizona is charged with a domestic violence crime, it can be a very serious situation, especially where firearms are concerned. The right to bear arms is very important to many residents of Arizona, so understanding how accusations of domestic violence can affect a person's right to own a weapon is important.

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