Domestic Violence: Know Your Rights in Arizona
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, close to three-quarters of domestic violence victims in this country are women. One out of every four women in the nation will be subjected to some type of domestic violence incident during her lifetime. This amounts to approximately 1.3 million women who are physically assaulted every year by an intimate partner.
At Dorris Law Group, our Tucson domestic violence attorneys are dedicated to helping any man, woman, or child who is threatened with or has experienced any type of domestic violence by providing the legal assistance he or she needs to remain safe and protected. No one should have to live in fear for himself or herself, other family members, pets, or possessions. No one should bear the emotional or physical scars of assault, intimidation, stalking, or any other form of domestic abuse. If you or a loved one is facing abuse and have questions about orders of protection, contact us today at 520-622-4866. We can help you!
Arizona Domestic Violence Laws
Under Arizona law, domestic violence consists of various types of force or threat of force against other household members. Household members may be spouses, ex-spouses, children, stepchildren, parents, cohabitants, the unmarried parents of a child, or other family members who share the home. The concept of domestic violence also relates to those who are in, or have been in, any type of intimate or sexual relationship such as dating partners. Regardless of your how your relationship with the abuser is defined, a domestic violence attorney at Dorris Law Group can assist in in the process of obtaining a protection order to safeguard yourself.
Types Of Domestic Violence
Acts that fall under the category of domestic violence include:
- Physical assault such as hitting, punching or kicking
- Verbal threats or conduct
- Taking photos, video recordings or watching you in secret without your consent
- Placing you or your children at risk of bodily harm or death
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Criminal trespass or property damage
- Interference of court custody orders
- Disobedience of court protective orders (restraining orders)
- Child abuse
- Elder abuse
- Preventing you from phoning for emergency help
- Harming or mistreating a pet
- Serious crimes such as kidnapping, negligent homicide, manslaughter or murder
These types of domestic violence acts may result in criminal misdemeanor or felony charges carrying penalties of heavy fines, jail or prison terms, and court-ordered batterer programs. In cases where a gun or other deadly weapon was used, the criminal penalties may be more severe.
Legal Protections Provided By A Tucson Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you have been faced with any type of domestic violence behavior from an intimate partner or household member in Tucson or Southern Arizona, you should immediately contact a domestic violence attorney at Dorris Law Group to get the legal help you need. Family law is one of our main practice areas and the protection of family members through court orders is one of our prime concerns. A Tucson domestic violence lawyer at the firm can assist you immediately in seeking a protection order against your abuser.
Arizona Domestic Violence Protection Orders
An order of protection or injunction against harassment is a civil court order that is issued by a judge or magistrate. It will order the named abuser to cease any further acts of domestic violence, prohibit the abuser from making any type of contact with you or anyone else named in the order, remove the abuser from your home and prevent him or her from returning, order the abuser to provide financial or other relief, as well as complete a batterer’s program through the court.
Contact A Domestic Violence Lawyer In Tucson
To learn more about your legal rights and how you can seek domestic violence protection through the Tucson courts, contact the firm online or call 520-622-4866 to arrange to speak to a experienced and caring attorney today.