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How Long is Jail Time for Domestic Violence in Arizona?

In Arizona, domestic violence means committing a violent crime or property crime against a current or former spouse, dating partner, relative, or any other household member. Common domestic-related offenses include assault or aggravated assault, endangerment, stalking, making threats, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, sexual assault, and even homicide.

Domestic violence is punishable by the same penalties as the underlying offense related to the domestic violence. For example, if you were accused of allegedly causing physical injury to a loved one, you will be charged with domestic assault, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail term of six months and a fine of up to $2,500.

However, the following situations will result in increased penalties:

  • Aggravated domestic violence – A first offense is a Class 5 felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 36 months. If a person has two prior domestic violence convictions, then he/she must serve at least four months in jail. If a person has three or more prior domestic violence convictions, then he/she must serve at least eight months in jail.
  • The alleged victim was pregnant – If the underlying crime related to domestic violence is a felony offense and the defendant was aware that the victim was pregnant, then the prison term can increase up to two years.
  • Misdemeanor crimes – Along with a jail sentence, probation, or fines, a misdemeanor conviction requires a defendant to complete a domestic violence offender treatment program.

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Being accused of domestic violence in Arizona has serious repercussions. Not only does an arrest lead to jail time, but it can also result in being subject to a restraining order, losing your child custody rights, and losing your gun rights. Unfortunately, false allegations are often made out of revenge for ending a relationship or to gain leverage in a family court dispute, which is why having an experienced criminal defense attorney help you through the legal process can help you avoid harsh penalties.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in Casa Grande, Sutton Law, P.C. is committed to defending you inside and outside the courtroom. We can listen to your story, thoroughly assess your case, and figure out all your legal options to either get your charges/penalties reduced or your case dismissed altogether. Do not wait to get experienced and skilled legal representation right away.

At Sutton Law, P.C., we understand what is at stake and how we can help you obtain the best possible result in your case. As a former prosecutor, our Casa Grande domestic violence defense attorney has extensive knowledge of both sides of the courtroom and knows how the prosecution will approach your case. Our firm provides aggressive and effective legal solutions for our clients facing serious criminal allegations.

How Do Domestic Violence Cases Work in Arizona?

Prosecutors are serious about domestic violence cases, and if they think they have a chance of a conviction they will go to trial. Some of the weaker trial cases are handed off to volunteer attorneys from civil law firms who want to get courtroom experience.

For more information about our legal services, contact us today.


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