Assault & Domestic Violence

Assault is a charge that can describe many different allegations. Assault charges can range from a misdemeanor all the way up to felonies, some of which can require a prison sentence if convicted. Under certain circumstances, the charge can be more serious if it is charged as an aggravated assault.

Many assault charges involve allegations of domestic violence. These cases often involve issues and potential consequences that are different from those in other cases. Police officers often submit charges for assault and resisting arrest at the same time.

There are many defenses to an assault charge. The defenses can be a broad and are based upon the circumstances in the case. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you to develop and present your defenses if you are charged with assault.

Aggravated assault is a criminal charge that includes an assault that has some additional allegation that makes the offense more serious. This commonly includes the alleged use of a weapon or the allegation that the victim was seriously injured in the assault, although there are many types of aggravated assaults.

Some aggravated assault charges are based upon the status of the alleged victim: a police officer, someone who is restrained or under the age of 15 (if the person charged is at least 18). In addition, there are other specific circumstances that can lead to a charge of aggravated assault. Defenses to aggravated assaults are usually similar to those in regular assault cases, but the specific allegations can present additional defenses. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you prepare your defense to aggravated assault charges.

Resisting arrest is one of the most common offenses that people are charged with in Arizona. Police officers often submit charges for resisting arrest along with other charges. Resisting arrest is often charged alongside aggravated assault on a police officer.

There are a variety of defenses to resisting arrest. Cases that involve resisting arrest often involve multiple police officers that are witnesses for the State. In some cases involving other charges such as aggravated assault, the police officers are considered victims. An attorney who has experience dealing with officers in these circumstances and in finding and interviewing witnesses for the defense can help even the balance in a resisting arrest case.

Domestic violence charges can have a lasting impact even after the case is over. Any number of circumstances can lead to a domestic violence charges and the consequences of a conviction extend beyond the criminal case. Each domestic violence case is unique. However, in many cases the legal issues are similar. An attorney who is experienced with the evidentiary and trial issues in domestic violence cases can help you prepare a defense for trial or to seek another resolution that is favorable to you.

Self-defense is a defense to certain criminal charges. It is most commonly used in assault cases. Self-defense is a justification defense. It is a claim that a person who is charged with a crime acted reasonably to defend himself. If the person is trying to protect another person, the defense is referred to as defense of another.

Any number of situations can lead to a claim of self-defense. Cases involving self-defense can be very heated and witnesses often have very different accounts of what happened. Self-defense cases also often involve complex legal issues and can sometimes include expert witnesses testimony. Developing a claim of self-defense involves significant preparation in order to present an explanation of what occurred and to rebut the State’s allegation that the person charged act unlawfully. A criminal defense attorney who has experience defending self-defense cases can help to prepare to defend against such accusations.