Arizona’s Domestic Violence Laws Require the Experience of Corso & Rhude Arizona s domestic violence laws apply not

only to crimes against spouses, but a lso against partners, former partners, those living together, people who are dat ing, family members, relatives and the elderly. Phoenix, AZ, November 17, 2010 -- Domestic violence charges in Arizona are a ser ious matter and require experienced Arizona domestic violence defense attorneys, according to the Law Office of Corso & Rhude. Arizona s domestic violence laws apply not only to crimes against spouses, but a lso against partners, former partners, those living together, people who are dat ing, family members, relatives and the elderly. “In fact, physical assault, such as hitting, does not need to occur for domestic v iolence charges to be filed in Arizona,” said Christopher Corso of the Law Office of Corso & Rhude, which specializes in defending domestic violence charges in Ph oenix. Many actions can be designated as domestic violence in Arizona. Assault, disorde rly conduct, criminal damage, economic abuse, emotional abuse and violating prot ective orders can all be designated as domestic violence in Arizona and require experienced domestic violence attorneys. “A domestic violence arrest in Arizona arises due to various factors including mar ital problems, alcohol and/or drug abuse, or anger management issues,” Corso said. Domestic violence charges can be filed by the victim or by the courts themselves . In some cases, false charges are filed by angry spouses. Therefore the credibi lity of the accuser must never be overlooked. In recent years, domestic violence laws in Arizona have become harsher. Because many battered women won t press charges out of fear, intimidation or misplaced f eelings of love, the courts and prosecutors have taken aggressive roles in enfor cing new and existing laws. In many cases, prosecutors will file charges against the alleged abuser and aggr essively pursue the case, even where the victim refuses to actively participate in the prosecution. “Even if the victim tells the court and prosecutor that they do not want to press charges, the case will not be dismissed – the state will bring the charges,” Rhude s aid. “The state doesn t care what the incident was about, it doesn t care if you r e trying to reconcile, and it doesn t care if it ruins innocent lives, the state is just looking for a conviction.” If you’re charged with domestic violence in Phoenix, it is critical to your case t hat you get a strong defense team working for you as soon as possible. The domestic violence attorneys at the Law Office of Corso & Rhude do everything in their power to protect your family and advocate for your rights. They have t he experience and expertise to deal with domestic violence charges in Arizona an d will fight to get the charges dismissed and preserve your family. Domestic violence charges are never standard. Arizona domestic violence cases ca n be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the jurisdiction and seve rity of the crime, and the consequence of a conviction can be very severe. Prior acts of domestic violence in Arizona may also factor into the prosecutor s determination to file a case as a felony. Convictions can result in limitations

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

in child visitation rights, loss of gun privileges, mandatory counseling, fines and/or restitution, probation, jail or even prison. In many cases, prior to conviction, the court will enter an order prohibiting th e defendant from having any contact with the victim or returning to the location where the alleged offense occurred, which is often the defendant s own home. Every domestic violence case in Arizona is different and the outcome is dependen t upon the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the charges, which makes having an experienced domestic violence attorney even more important. “The Law Office of Corso & Rhude wants to help make sure a domestic violence charg e doesn t ruin your life,” Rhude said. “We ll fight for your family and your future.” In addition to domestic violence defense, the Law Office of Corso & Rhude handle s all criminal defense cases, including, DUI defense, possession of drugs, felon y drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. The domestic violence defense lawyers at Corso & Rhude serve clients throughout Arizona, including the cities of Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mira ge, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Te mpe, Tolleson and Youngtown. To schedule a free consultation, please visit www.corsorhude.com or www.domestic violencearizona.com or call (602) 254-3188. The Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLL C is located at 9210 W. Union Hills Drive, Suite 102, Peoria, Arizona, 85382. Contact: Al Stevens The Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLLC 9210 W. Union Hills Drive, Suite 102 Peoria, Arizona 85382 602-254-3188 al@stevenspr.com http://www.corsorhude.com