The elements of the crime of Sexual Abuse in Arizona (A.R.S 13-1404), regarding minors, depends on the age of the particular minor. If the minor is fifteen or more years of age, then sexual abuse is committed when the accused, without consent engages in sexual contact with the minor. Sexual contact...Read more »
The new girlfriend of my step daughter had a divorce in 2009 and one of the charges on docket said "child abuse multidisciplinary account fee" on it. Does that mean there was child abuse involved? And is that something that can make that person be prohibited from seeing my step daughter?
No and no. The "Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Account Fee" is like a 911 tax on your cell phone bill - just another sneaky way government has found to take your tax dollars and divert them into a government program which may or may not actually benefit anyone outside of government.
He spit in my face aggressively took my cell, I (admit) threw a small wood sign at wall, he then punched me in my mouth..my mouth bloody, (I was 5 months pregnant)I then called 911on home phone he disconnected phone line, State is pressing charges on me??? I cant afford a lawyer. Been with this man... Read more »
If you were charged with misdemeanor assault - DV, you are not entitled to a public defender because there is no jail time associated with the charges. There are agencies in Maricopa County whose mission is to assist women in leaving abusive relationships. Please seek the help of one of these...Read more »
I was served while walking in to court for one of the orders of protection since he was appealing it. I didn’t respond because I was confused and I was waiting for a court date. Now I’m in default and they want to garnish my wages. I’m a single mom with only my income. I need help what can I do?
Thank you very much for contacting my office. I realize this is a challenging time for you and that you have lots of questions. It is okay to be anxious and overwhelmed; the trick is not to fight it. Instead, you are on the right track by educating yourself about options to help deal with your...Read more »
The question is never "can I sue?" (because that answer is always yes), but "SHOULD I sue?" (or "is it worth my time to sue?" In this case, the answer would be no. Law enforcement agencies are immune from most lawsuits and your suit would almost certainly fail very...Read more »
Only the judge can dismiss the order of protection and a hearing is often required to do so. I have included a link to the forms used in AZ courts for Orders of Protection. Go to page 17 and use the "Request" page to request the court dismiss the Order. You will have to explain why you...Read more »
The father of my child and I are no longer together. He is not accepting that decision and barely supports his child. He helps pay for half of daycare each month but that's the only thing he helps with. I do not make him pay child support even though I am taking care of the major... Read more »
You should get a protective order (Order of Protection since you have a child with Father)and go to court to address the issues of Legal Decision Making, Parenting Time and Child Support. You are justified in your concerns for your safety given Father's disturbing behaviors. Unless you address...Read more »
Before I answer your questions, I would want more information. Was someone convicted of domestic violence for property damage? Did the State get involved in terms of charging the perpetrator? Did the victim desire prosecution? Did the victim agree to testify?
When you turn yourself in, you will find that there is most likely a warrant that has been out for your arrest. When you arrive at court you will have to appear as a "walk-in" case so the judge can see you. The judge has the discretion to take you into custody, pay a bond or simply give...Read more »
In Maricopa County the attorney has to be certified in order to be first chair in a capital case. That said, in my experience the court appointed capital attorneys are among the best and free to the defendant. It is extremely rare to find a private attorney who handles murder cases, much less to do...Read more »
Both are on the lease of the home a couple are arguing until the girlfriend locks him out. He leaves returning back drunk, demands entrance, she opens door when he starts swinging as hes going to strike her and does on her face, but the two continue arguing. He then starts swinging to hit her... Read more »
This is an unfortunate situation that escalated further than both individuals would like. YES, both parties will likely be charged with Domestic Violence, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and more. That being said, if she had to use pepper spray to defend herself then she will have a justified claim...Read more »
It is difficult to provide an answer without seeing the court order and knowing some more details. However, if your not signing the form 8332 would prohibit your child's father from taking the child as an exemption pursuant to a court order, then it is likely that he would be able to request...Read more »
I would be happy to answer your question. If you were the victim of domestic violence, you definitely do not need to ask to press charges, but ultimately, it is up to the state to decide whether to prosecute or not.
If you need further information, please contact an experienced family law...Read more »
My fiances aunt falsely accused us of threatening her and didnt get any of my info right. She has mental health issues and doesnt pay rent at all yet she lives with us and got us immediately removed. Am i allowed to go back to my and his house because of that? How is it she is allowed to stay in... Read more »
You would likely have to get approval from the CA court and prosecutor, as well as find a similar program in AZ that would accept you and fill the CA requirements. You could talk to a CA defense attorney for a more informed answer re:CA processes.
It depends on the facts, how the male was charged. For instance, assault can be charged as a misdemeanor (up to 6 months jail) or a felony (probation - jail - prison). This question is impossible to answer without more details- how old was the female, was there physical injury, the relationship...Read more »
it would depend on the facts....in calif if the police/DA/Court do not try to reach you for a year or more and you have not moved, then your lawyer could make a Serna motion for lack of timely prosecution...........i do not know what they do in AZ
At this point, the State is prosecuting the case. The State does not typically dismiss DV cases just because the parties do not want to aid in prosecution. The next move would be to hire an experienced Arizona attorney to handle the case, including appearing at the next court hearing, gathering the...Read more »
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