What to Do When Domestic Violence Happens to You

With domestic violence back in the news in recent weeks, the family lawyers at Corso Law Group think it’s important to provide a few reminders to women who feel they have no where else to turn.
A recent event in Mesa shines a spotlight on just how difficult it can be for a woman to extricate herself from an abusive relationship. Attorney Christopher P. Corso, who prosecuted abusive husbands and domestic violence cases, believes it most important for women to use the protections available to them.
“As hard as it may seem to do, my advice would be to go to a shelter,” Corso said. “Get out of there and deal with it through legal channels.”
According to Corso, removing yourself from the relationship is always the best first option in stopping the abuse.
“From outside the how, you can seek the protections that the law affords you,” he said. “You always start with an order of protection. Family courts typically offer an order through the divorce proceedings.”

Courts are usually sympathetic to the case of a battered or abused woman, Corso said. Not offering legal protections can end up escalating the situation, they reason.

“This is why they charge these cases so frequently,” Corso said. “That’s why you almost always get an order of protection when you request it. If they don’t protect the woman, they’re possibly exposing her to more harm.”

Of course, handling such matters on your own can be difficult. That’s why Corso suggests consulting an attorney who handles such cases.

“Most attorneys will listen to your situation and offer advice during an initial consultation,” he said. “More times than not, these consultations are free.”

For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact the family law attorneys at Corso Law Group at (480) 471-4616.


Memorial Day 2012 and Backyard Barbecues Can Spell a Recipe for Arizona DUIs

Peoria, Ariz. – Backyard barbecues are a staple of Memorial Day weekend. The traditional start of summer in Arizona, the long three-day weekend can also be the start of a very long and costly Arizona DUI charge.

And according to the DUI defense lawyers at Corso Law Group, it doesn’t need to be a wild night of partying that triggers the Arizona DUI charge. Backyard barbecues and pool parties on Memorial Day usually include a last-minute trip to the store for hot dog buns or propane. It’s then that many people usually find themselves getting arrested for a DUI.

“DUIs are very common during the summer months,” said Christopher Corso, of Corso Law Group. “And many times they happen very close to home, when you relax your standards and don’t think twice about driving to the store after having a couple of beers.”

Corso should know from experience the problems that can arise from backyard barbecues with family during Memorial Day weekend. He previously prosecuted DUIs, DWIs and OUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Combined, Corso Law Group have handled more than 15,000 DUI cases as prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Since Memorial Day is typically associated with a long three-day weekend and the start of summer, drivers are commonly distracted and many times inebriated. In fact, more than 300 people were cited for DUIs during Memorial Day weekend last year in Arizona.

“Memorial Day is one of the deadliest holidays to drive each year,” Corso said, citing a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. “Adding alcohol to that mix is a recipe for disaster.”

Arizona law requires that any person found guilty of drinking and driving (even a first offense) serve jail time. And DUI convictions can also include extensive fines up to $2,500, suspension of driving privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device – even for first offenders.

“That’s a lot of hassle and expense to put up with just because you ran out of propane,” Corso said.

The Arizona DUI defense attorneys at Corso Law Group do everything in their power to protect defendant’s families and advocate for their rights. They have the experience and expertise to deal with DUI charges in Arizona and will fight to get the charges dismissed and preserve their family.

Every DUI defense case in Arizona is different, however, and the outcome is dependent upon the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the DUI charges, which makes having an experienced Arizona DUI defense attorney even more important.

Corso Law Group has quickly built a reputation for its vigorous defense of clients, using its lawyers’ previous experience with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and other prosecutorial agencies to assist its clients with their criminal defense cases.

In addition to DUI defense, Corso Law Group handles all criminal defense cases, including domestic violence defense, possession of drugs, felony drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Corso Law Group serve clients throughout Arizona, including the cities of Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Youngtown.

To schedule a free consultation, please visit www.corsolawgroup.com or call (480) 471-4616. Corso Law Group, PLLC is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.