Tempe, AZ asked in Domestic Violence for Arizona

Q: Charged with DV for the first time. will the state require for us not to see each other for undetermined amount of time?

Conditions for release were no contact. Is there a chance for the prosecutor to drop the charges since both parties don't have a record? And would we be able to see each other after that?

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Craig Orent
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Your questions are the most common asked by people charged with domestic violence related crimes. Unfortunately no attorney can or should answer your questions without knowing more information and being involved in the case. I can tell you generally however that prosecutor's - except in the rarest circumstances - do not dismiss charges simply because the defendant has no record and is a good person; nor do they dismiss charges because the alleged victim does not want to prosecute. And it is a standard, common condition of release that the defendant have no contact with the victim and most cases not return to the scene of the alleged crime (usually the person's home). Depending on the particular circumstances, there are strategies to get you back together. You should directly contact and retain counsel to represent you to assist in that regard and of course to help you avoid a criminal conviction, especially for a DV charge.

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