According to a recent report in the Tucson Citizen, there were 101 domestic violence related deaths in Arizona in 2011. Of the 101, 59 of the cases involved guns. Not even halfway into 2012, at least 48 people have died because of domestic violence and at least 31 of those were shot to death. In fact, the domestic violence death numbers for Arizona remain at roughly 100 a year, year after year.
According to Arizona law, any violence or crime committed between people who share a residence is considered domestic violence. This includes relationships like a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, brother and sister, parent and child or anything similar. Domestic violence crimes typically include:
- Aggravated assault
- Telephone harassment
- Spousal abuse
- Criminal damage
- Theft or burglary
A death is considered a “domestic-violence death” when a partner or other person in the home kills or is killed. An abuser committing a murder-suicide would be considered two deaths. A death is also counted if a domestic violence abuser is shot during a confrontation with law enforcement.
Because of these horrific numbers, Arizona takes domestic violence calls and reports very seriously. The Phoenix Police Department alone responds to over 14,000 domestic violence calls a year. Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys understands the significance of these charges and the impact they could have on your future. We also want to do our part in making sure situations do not escalate to the point of death or injury to another.
If convicted on domestic violence charges, you face jail time, fines and more. You will have a criminal record that can impact your ability to get a job in the future.
We are committed to standing up for your rights. If you have been charged with domestic violence or are under investigation, contact us today. The sooner you get a competent attorney on your side, the better chance you will have at fighting these charges and not becoming another Arizona domestic violence statistic.
Call 480-245-5550 to schedule your free anytime, anywhere consultation with Criminal Defense Attorney Mesa AZ Charlie Naegle. When you hire the Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys, you work directly with Charlie Naegle. For your convenience, you may also use our consultation request form and we will contact you as soon as possible.