Domestic Violence Charges

Tucson Domestic Violence Charges

In Arizona, “domestic violence” is a label that is attached to another offense when a domestic relationship exists between the parties. It doesn’t necessarily mean that “violence” was involved. Elias Damianakos defends against all Tucson domestic violence charges such as assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, and interference with judicial proceedings.

The “domestic violence label” is applied in the following relationships:

  • marriage or prior marriage
  • currently or prior dating relationship
  • lived together now or in the past
  • child in common, or pregnant
  • related by blood to defendant or defendant’s spouse
  • related as in-law (e.g., parent in-law, brother/sister in-law)
  • step-parent or step-child

For more details on the relationships covered by domestic violence, see A.R.S. § 13-3601(A).

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charges

The “domestic violence” label can be attached to any number of offenses under Arizona law, and the offense conduct does not necessarily have to include “violent” conduct. Some of the more common misdemeanor offenses the domestic violence label can be attached to are:

In the Pima County area, misdemeanor domestic violence charges are usually brought in Tucson City Court, Pima County Justice Court, Marana Municipal Court, Sahuarita Municipal Court.

Felony Domestic Violence Charges

Felony domestic violence charges are extremely serious. They carry the potential of a prison sentence under Arizona law. Some of the offenses that are charged as felonies are as follows:

Aggravated Domestic Violence

Under A.R.S. § 13-3601.02, a person may be charged with aggravated domestic violence if within a period of 7 years, the person commits or is convicted of a third or more violation of domestic violence. Aggravated domestic violence is a class 5 felony.

Felony domestic violence charges are always brought in Pima County Superior Court, if the incident occurred in Pima County. It should be noted that some of the above listed offenses may be filed as misdemeanors, and some misdemeanors may be filed as felonies.