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What To Do After A Domestic Violence Arrest In Arizona

A great many Arizonans who are arrested for domestic violence are completely shocked to be facing criminal charges. A private argument got out of hand; someone called the police and police officers, upon arrival, arrested one or both partners, spouses or family members. "But I didn't even hit her [or him]! We were both yelling! No one got hurt!" is a common response. Regardless of whether there seemed to be real "violence," what happens next will have long-lasting consequences once an arrest has been made.

What Not To Do

If you were the one who called the police, you may wish to cancel the complaint and recant. "I didn't mean it. I'm not really afraid. I was just upset. Can you please let him [or her] go?" you may want to ask police. This is a natural response but it will not undo the arrest.

Next, you may want to discuss the situation with other family members, friends or neighbors. This is natural but not advisable. Beware of making statements that can be used against you or your partner.

What To Do

You must realize this is a legal emergency and treat it that way. No informal discussions with police or apologies will solve the problem.

You should also realize that a criminal conviction — even when you believe the incident was not serious — can leave a lasting mark on your record, possibly affecting your career and your future in many ways you cannot predict. It is likely to harm your child custody case, if applicable. You are also likely to be banned from legally owning or operating a gun the rest of your life. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be deported or citizenship may be impossible for you to obtain after a conviction for domestic violence.

Clearly, you must take every step you can to protect your short-term and long-term freedom — and your future. This includes contacting an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.

Work closely with your lawyer to defend yourself. A skilled attorney may help you get out of jail, regain access to your home and children, and get charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge, such as disorderly conduct. Discuss how you can prevent a repeat arrest.

Kallen Law P.L.L.C. Can Help You

Defense lawyer Cid R. Kallen helps clients who are named in restraining orders and defends those who have been arrested. He also helps people who feel threatened by a spouse, partner or family member to get restraining orders for protection.

The comments on this web page are general in nature and are not intended as specific legal advice. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need personalized counsel as soon as possible. Call our offices in Yuma at 928-783-8879 or send an email inquiry for a prompt response.

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