Domestic violence in Arizona is not a distinct crime. Rather, it involves the commission of one or more of a laundry list of offenses (for example, assault, homicide, trespass, disorderly conduct, harassment, stalking, and others) which are committed against those with whom a defendant has (or had) a particular relationship with the alleged victim. It could be a blood relationship, a relationship through marriage, sharing a household, or a romantic or intimate relationship.
We’re not sure why – maybe it’s the stress of the upcoming holiday season – but there seems to be a rash of domestic violence cases in the news lately. And each of them includes what can fairly be described as bizarre behavior. Here are a few examples:
- A Gilbert man was charged with assaulting his wife and then, after he was arrested, he allegedly threatened to kill both her and himself. The suspect proceeded to spit at the officer who was transporting him to police headquarters. As a result of his actions in the police cruiser, the car had to be taken out of service for a day to be cleaned.
- Three family members – a man, his wife and their teenage daughter – were sentenced to probation for domestic violence. They were charged with beating another relative, also a teenage girl, in retaliation for her speaking with a man. The defendants, who are refugees from Iraq, pleaded guilty to various charges, including misdemeanor assault for the daughter, disorderly conduct for the husband, and unlawful imprisonment for the wife. Additional charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.
- A Prescott teenager pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and kidnapping involving the beating of his girlfriend. The assault, according to the report we read, included slapping the woman, choking her, knocking her down, and smashing her head into the floor. She waited a day before reporting the incident because the defendant threatened to kill her if she did. The catalyst for the assault was apparently the fact that the woman had placed an open container of food in a cabinet.
- Police in Mesa were called to the scene in response to a domestic violence report, and when the officers arrived, they say the suspect first told them to “f*** off”, then took a swing at one of them.
Reports of domestic violence are on the increase, but not all such cases are the same, and not all charges of domestic violence are true. If you have been arrested for an offense involving domestic violence, contact an experienced Phoenix criminal lawyer to protect your interests.
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