What Does "Domestic" Mean in a Domestic Violence Charge?

Arizona courts only view certain relationships as domestic. Consequently, domestic violence charges can only apply in certain situations, and this differentiates domestic violence offenses from other crimes involving violence. When you face a domestic violence charge in Tucson, seek representation from experienced defense attorneys.

Under Arizona Revised Statute §13-3601, domestic violence occurs between people in the following relationships:

  • Married couples
  • Formerly married couples
  • Persons residing or having resided in the same household
  • Couples who have a child in common
  • A victim/defendant who is pregnant by the other party
  • Persons related by blood or court order who are:
    • Parents
    • Grandparents
    • Children
    • Grandchildren
    • Brothers
    • Sisters
    • Parent-in-law
    • Grandparent-in-law
    • Brother-in-law
    • Sister-in-law
    • Stepparent
    • Step-grandparent
    • Stepchild
    • Step-grandchild
  • A child victim who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is blood related to someone residing in the house

When an officer arrives at a scene because of a domestic violence report, the officer can question the parties present, ask about firearms on the premises and make an arrest, if there is probable cause. Officers also have the right to temporarily seize firearms.

When facing domestic violence charges, experienced Tucson domestic abuse lawyers can protect your rights and provide a strong defense. Authorities can charge domestic violence as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the circumstances, meaning your choice in legal representation is absolutely crucial.

Nesci & St. Louis helps clients deal with protective orders and other issues involving domestic violence. Contact us today for your free consultation.