What To Do If You're in a
Domestic Violence Dispute
Domestic violence is a serious crime. If someone has accused you, it will impact many different facets of your life. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not always “violent.” It can include physical abuse such as physical attack or assault, but can also include serious emotional abuse or financial abuse. However, sometimes a domestic violence accusation is based on non-violent crimes. This can include heated arguments or other allegations. Domestic violence in Arizona is not a crime in and of itself but is rather attached to another crime if the victim is a family or household member. The law surrounding this issue is complicated. It can be difficult to tell what you should do.
Here are a few steps you should take if you have been in a domestic violence dispute:
1. Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney
Do not wait to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you have been accused of domestic violence. Arizona law requires courts to pursue a case even if the victim wishes to drop the charge, so reasoning with your accusor will not help you fight the criminal charge against you. Because this is such a sensitive topic, you are likely to encounter many obstacles in finding the legal services you need.
Grabb & Durando’s DUI Defense team is here to help you. We are non-judgemental, and we will apply our extensive experience in criminal law to fight your case. Calling us should be the first thing you do if you find yourself in this situation. From there, we will walk you through every step of the process and ensure the best possible outcome.
2. Talk to Your Friends and Family
If your significant other or a family member has accused you of domestic violence, you need to speak to your other family members and friends as soon as possible. If they hear the story from your accuser first, they may not believe your side of the story. Most people do not realize just how many crimes fall under the umbrella of domestic violence. As a result, they are probably picturing more extreme abusive behavior.
Make sure to tell your story calmly and clearly, and if you have evidence to back you up, share this as well. You want to have as many people on your side as possible, as they can help you to fight your case. Emotional support is also important during this time, and you don’t want to lose friends and family due to misunderstanding the charges against you.
3. Protect Yourself and Your Valuables
If your partner or a family member has accused you of domestic violence, they may go to other extreme lengths to prevent you from fighting your case. As soon as you know about the accusation against you, you should secure any valuables. It’s especially important to protect identification documents like driver’s licenses and birth certificates.
You also want to protect your online accounts if your accuser knows your passwords. Change any passwords they may know. It may also help to make your social media accounts private as the case develops. If you have any digital evidence of your innocence, you should gather this and pass it on to your lawyers.
Our Attorneys Can Help You
Rebuild Your Life After Domestic Violence Charges
If you are facing domestic violence or assault charges and need an attorney in Tucson, Grabb & Durando’s DUI Defense team is the way to go. Our law offices are experienced and aggressive in fighting criminal charges. We will secure the best possible outcome so that you don’t have to worry about how these charges will affect your life.
Give us a call today at 520.222.2222 and schedule a consultation with our criminal defense lawyers!