Phoenix Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, you face a potential upheaval in your life if you are convicted, threatening your reputation, your freedom, your access to your children, your finances, and more.
Fortunately for you, Christopher P. Corso, experienced Phoenix domestic violence lawyer and founder and principal owner of Corso Law Group, is an expert in dealing with Domestic Violence offenses. As a former Mesa Assistant City Prosecutor, Mr. Corso handled solely offenses related to Domestic Violence. He also assisted in drafting a Domestic Violence manual. The point is, you are in great hands in representation for your alleged offense. His experience, understanding, and success with these offenses are second to none. If nothing else, you will benefit from some excellent advice.
Qualifying Victims for a Phoenix Domestic Violence Charge
Domestic violence is not a single crime by itself, but rather an enhancement to another criminal charge that increases the penalties if the alleged victim is someone with whom you have some type of domestic relationship; that is, someone in your family, living in your home, or with whom you are dating or have a child in common. Arizona law includes the following as “qualifying victims” for a domestic violence charge:
- Your spouse (or ex-spouse)
- Anyone you are dating or involved with romantically
- Anyone living in the household with you, now or previously
- Your child’s other parent
- A pregnant woman carrying your child
- Your or your spouse’s natural parent, adoptive parent, or stepparent
- Your child or stepchild
- Your grandparent, grandparent-in-law, step-grandparent
- Your grandchild or step-grandchild
- Your sister-in-law or brother-in-law
- Any child who is now living, or once lived, in the same household as you, or who is a blood relative of your former spouse or of anyone who has lived in the same household as you
Crimes that May be Charged with Domestic Violence
These are some crimes that are often enhanced by being charged as “domestic violence:”
- Disorderly conduct
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Child abuse
- Child molestation
- Criminal trespassing
- Criminal mischief
- Unlawful restraint
- Violating a protective order
Physical Contact is Not Required for a Domestic Violence Charge
You can be accused of domestic violence without actually touching the person who is accusing you, if that person feels threatened or intimidated. Because to some degree the charge hinges on the alleged victim’s perception, and because domestic disputes are typically highly emotional, a misunderstanding can get out of hand and someone gets hurt. But sometimes a verbal disagreement becomes loud, the incident gets blown out of proportion, and one person claims to have felt threatened, even though no threat was intended, resulting in a domestic violence charge. Or, an altercation may be instigated by one partner who then wrongly accuses the other.
Potential Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
Potential legal consequences of a domestic violence conviction include:
- Removal from your home
- Order of protection
- Jail time
- Court-ordered domestic violence classes
- Loss of custody or visitation with your children
- Possible deportation if you are not a citizen
- Loss of the right to possess firearms
Law enforcement takes domestic violence charges very seriously, and if the police are called, someone will nearly always be arrested and charges will be filed, even if the party who made the accusation decides to rescind it. The prosecutor will often move forward with a domestic violence case, even after the alleged victim has asked that the charges be dropped.
What to Do if You Are Arrested on a Domestic Violence Charge
If you’ve been accused of domestic violence and the police are called, you should expect to be arrested. The police have little leeway in these matters. The allegations may or may not be true, but regardless, you should avoid trying to tell your side of the story until your lawyer is present. Statements made in the heat of the moment may be used against you, so no matter how tempting it is to try to explain, bite your tongue, call a good criminal lawyer, and wait quietly and cooperatively until your lawyer arrives — even if you think you did nothing wrong.
Get Legal Help in Phoenix, Arizona
Insist on your right to counsel and call Corso Law Group in Phoenix before answering any questions. Because the stakes are high, pass on the public defender. They are overworked and swamped with cases. Our Phoenix domestic violence attorneys are former prosecutors who practice criminal law exclusively. We know the ins and outs of Arizona’s criminal justice system, know the most effective defenses, and know how to deal with prosecutors to your best advantage. We will focus on your case and work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for you.
Mr. Corso has succeeded in hundreds of cases involving Domestic Violence. He understands every possible defense, but more importantly, he understands how to apply that knowledge to achieve success. He acknowledges, that is the most difficult task. He has executed his plan successfully over and over, and that is why he was always confident when he instructed and taught other attorneys, including prosecutors.
The Bottom Line: Get in touch with him Now!