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Increased Domestic Violence Arrests During the Holiday Season

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Nov 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Domestic Violence Arrests Increase in Phoenix During the Holiday Season

Each year, beginning around Thanksgiving and lasting through New Years Day, police departments and news outlets throughout the Phoenix Area publicize the DUI Task Force and how many people are ultimately arrested.  What people don't hear about is the increase in domestic violence arrests which occur during the holiday season.

Unfortunately, with the increased stress that surrounds the holidays, financial pressures, family gatherings and alcohol consumption, disputes among relatives are commonplace.  These may range from heated arguments to child custody and visitation issues and assaults.  In many cases, police are contacted and the holiday celebration results in arrests, court appearances, incarceration and criminal prosecution

Domestic violence is defined in under Arizona law as:

Any act that is a dangerous crime against children as defined in section 13-705 or an offense prescribed in section 13-1102, 13-1103, 13-1104, 13-1105, 13-1201, 13-1202, 13-1203, 13-1204, 13-1302, 13-1303, 13-1304, 13-1406, 13-1425, 13-1502, 13-1503, 13-1504, 13-1602 or 13-2810, section 13-2904, subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3 or 6, section 13-2910, subsection A, paragraph 8 or 9, section 13-2915, subsection A, paragraph 3 or section 13-2916, 13-2921, 13-2921.01, 13-2923, 13-3019, 13-3601.02 or 13-3623, if any of the following applies:

1. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.

2. The victim and the defendant have a child in common.

3. The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party.

4. The victim is related to the defendant or the defendant's spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

5. The victim is a child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.

6. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship.  The following factors may be considered in determining whether the relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship:

(a) The type of relationship.

(b) The length of the relationship.

(c) The frequency of the interaction between the victim and the defendant.

(d) If the relationship has terminated, the length of time since the termination.

Common offenses which may be classified under the Arizona domestic violence statutes include:

  • Abuse of a Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse                                                               
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Custodial Interference
  • Dangerous Crimes against Children
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Endangerment
  • Harassment
  • Interfering with Judicial Proceedings
  • Kidnapping or Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Negligent Homicide
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Threatening and Intimidating

Domestic violence offenses in Arizona may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies.  In either event, probation is mandatory.  However, a misdemeanor offense could involve time in jail while a felony conviction could result in a prison term.  Additionally, the rights to own a firearm can be forfeited and contact with family members who are alleged to be victims can be limited by the probation office or court.  

There are many strategies an experienced criminal defense lawyer can investigate when defending a domestic violence charge.  These include interviewing witnesses, evaluating police reports or physical evidence, examining legal issues or asserting claims such as self defense.  

Undoubtedly, serious consequences can result from a conviction for a domestic violence offense in Arizona.  If you are arrested or charged with any domestic violence offense, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can formulate a strategy in order to achieve the best possible result.  An attorney will interview witnesses, review police reports, negotiate with the prosecution and in some cases, represent you trial.

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Raymond Kimble is a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer with vast experience in Arizona domestic violence laws. Mr. Kimble has successfully defended clients who have been charged domestic violence that includes physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. Mr. Kimble is also able to help with domestic violence cases that include child and elder abuse, as well as associated criminal charges, such as sexual assault, kidnapping, assault, homicide, etc.

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About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.

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