Many Phoenix residents make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor domestic violence charge is “no big deal.” The fact of the matter, however, is that such charges are very much a big deal. A conviction can mean jail time, fines, having to attend anger management classes, community service, and the loss of one’s right to own a gun. If you have been arrested for domestic assault then it is no longer a private matter between two parties. It is now an issue between yourself and the prosecutor. Our Phoenix criminal defense attorney protects the rights of the accused and is ready to assist you. Call our lawyer today.
Phoenix attorney defending those accused of domestic violence assault
One does not have to cause serious injury for an offense to be considered domestic violence. Simply making threatening contact with a relative, a significant other (current or former), or one you have lived with is enough for the filing of charges. A first offense, which does not result in harm, will likely be charged as a class one misdemeanor. Such a charge carries a sentence of up to six months in jail, a fine of $2,500, and the requirement that one complete a domestic violence counseling program. Depending on where you were arrested, the matter will either be heard in Municipal Court or Justice Court. There is no jury in such matters. The Judge will decide guilt or innocence through a “bench trial.” It is crucial that you have competent counsel to defend you as a domestic violence conviction, of any type, carries significant consequences.
Bretton is an aggressive criminal defense attorney assisting those charged with domestic assault. He will immediately visit the scene of the incident to gain a greater understanding of what happened. He will also interview any relevant witnesses, and obtain all arrest reports and witness statements, as part of building your defense. If statements were made to the police, in violation of the accused’s Fifth Amendment rights, then he will file a Motion to exclude those statements from trial. He will ensure that you are prepared for trial and know what to expect from the process. If one was acting in self-defense, or if the claims are false, then your case will be made to the Judge. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.
Phoenix criminal defense attorney providing open and accessible communication to those facing domestic violence allegations
Few criminal cases spawn from false allegations as often as do those relating to domestic violence. People trying to gain a leg up in child custody proceedings or those wishing to “get even” with an ex, unfortunately, sometimes make false claims to the police. This can cause a defendant extreme anxiety and the last thing one needs to worry about is a lack of communication from their attorney. Bretton founded the Barber Law Group on the principle that an attorney should stay in contact with their client. He regularly provides his personal cell number and speaks with people outside of normal business hours. He promptly returns all emails and phone calls and understands this is a stressful time in your life. You have enough to worry about and you do not need any added stress. We are ready to assist you.