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.
People in Prescott Valley sometimes get into arguments. Family members may argue with each other, or a person could get into an argument with a stranger. Most of the time, despite angry words and hurt feelings, people are able to resolve their arguments. However, sometimes these arguments escalate and threats are made, even if a person does not mean to follow through with the threat. People may understand that hurting another person could be considered a crime, but, when it comes to assault, a person need not even lay a finger on another to be charged with this crime.
Many people in Arizona highly value their Second Amendment right to bear arms. However, this right is not always absolute. There are reasons why police might seize a person's firearms, at least temporarily. Such is the case when police are sent to investigate a report of domestic violence.
When one is accused of felony charges, it is important that their right to a fair trial is not impeded. A former assistant coach for the University of Arizona track and field team has been accused of assault and stalking of a player. However, a court recently approved the severance of the charges he faces. This essentially means that the prosecution cannot use evidence of the reported assault in the trial for the stalking charges.
Domestic violence claims can be very multifaceted. Of course, while it is important to take these cases seriously, it is also important to keep in mind that the accused still has rights that deserve to be upheld. This is crucial because being convicted of domestic violence charges can have severe consequences. A person in Arizona who has been convicted of domestic violence charges could be incarcerated. Moreover, even after they're released from jail, they may not be allowed to possess a firearm, even if they want to own one simply for recreational purposes or for potential self-defense purposes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.