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Domestic Violence

Protecting You Against Arizona Domestic Violence Charges

Arizona police officers, prosecuting attorneys and judges throw the book at anyone they think may be guilty of family violence. Unfortunately, many of those accused of domestic violence suffer unfair consequences.

At the Phoenix Law Office of Rachelle S. Ferraro, I have practiced criminal defense for more than 17 years, and I am certified as a criminal law specialist by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.

I am committed to aggressively protecting the rights of people facing domestic violence charges.

If you are facing assault, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damaage or another domestic violence charge in Phoenix, Maricopa County or anywhere in southern Arizona, call 602-795-0770 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Female Domestic Violence Lawyer

Arizona police and prosecuting lawyers have harsh domestic abuse policies. Unfortunately, these policies do lead to unfair arrests.

Even when there is no sign of injury, officers are unlikely to leave without arresting someone. They choose the partner who seems more aggressive and charge that person with domestic violence - even if the "victim" swears there was no violence.

In Arizona, being accused of a "domestic violence" offense is an allegation that you committed one of the enumerated crimes below against a person with whom you are or have been married, are or have lived with (even if no romant ic relationship existed), are or have dated, or someone with whom you have had a child.  Domestic Violence offenses are typically charged as:

  • Criminal damage - domestic violence
  • Disorderly conduct - domestic violence
  • Assault - domestic violence
  • Aggravated assault - domestic violence
  • Interfering with judicial proceedings or contempt of court (violation of a domestic violence restraining order)

Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

Even the least serious of these charges can carry heavy consequences, including a minimum of 26 sessions of mandatory counseling, job loss and probation, immigration consequences, mandatory loss of ability to possess weapons, and possibly jail time.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, I will explain your rights and help you understand the criminal defense process. You do have rights, and I will do everything I can to protect you in pre-trial negotiation and trial. In many cases, I can help you get into a "diversion program" where if you complete a counseling program the charges against you are dismissed.

Call 602-795-0770 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Phoenix office, which is located just off Highway 51 north of the I-10. When necessary, I can consult with you in jail.

Challenging Restrictions on your Release Conditions

In addition to facing criminal prosecution, you may be restricted from where you can live and whom you can have contact with while the case is proceeding or for a prescribed time period.  The alleged victim may have sought out a restraining order precluding you from having contact and even from returning to the scene of the crime. Even if the alleged victim wants to have contact with you and does not obtain a restraining order, the Judge can restrict you with harsh release conditions. A defendant is almost always precluded from returning to the scene of the crime and from having contact with the victim even if the defendant lives there with them. That means that you can't return to your house, even to pack up your clothes or pick up things you need for work. I will go with you to your hearing and help you challenge your release conditions. I can also help you seek changes to the order so it's more livable.We may be able to change the terms of the order so you can:

  • Have ongoing contact with your children
  • Correspond with the complainant so you can pay common bills
  • Coordinate child care
  • Work out other important matters.

Contact me as soon as possible to discuss your options. Your initial consultation is free.