Domestic Violence (A.R.S. 13-3601) is not always violent. In Arizona, domestic violence is an extra label added onto a criminal charge. This addition depends on the relationships between the participants. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, and/or economic.
Domestic violence disputes can include more than just your biological family. If you have ever dated, been roommates, married, or have a child with another person, you may be considered their family in the eyes of domestic violence law.
Once a domestic violence charge is filed, the person alleged to be the victim becomes a witness for the state and cannot “drop the charges.” Only the prosecutor and the judge have the ability to dismiss the case.
Under the “Lautenberg Amendment” to the Federal Gun Control Act, any person convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor involving the use of attempted physical force or threatening to use a deadly weapon, loses his or her 2nd Amendment right to own or possess firearms. There is no lawful way to ever regain the right to bear arms in this situation.
Do not go into court alone if you are facing a domestic violence charge. Let the DUI Defense Team be by your side.