A Law Firm Dedicated To Protecting Domestic Violence Victims And Their Children
Domestic violence is a serious issue that wreaks havoc on individuals, children and families across the demographic and socioeconomic spectrum. My firm, Steven N. Cole, LLC, is proud to represent domestic violence victims and their family members in civil trials, hearings and criminal proceedings in the Phoenix area, as well as providing counsel for protection orders, advice about laws, assistance with document preparation, and any other legal matters that may arise in relation to incidents of domestic violence.
For the victims my firm represents, my nearly 30 years of experience practicing family law in Arizona means peace of mind in the wake of traumatic events. Not only am I intimately familiar with the laws surrounding domestic violence, the steps that can be taken to protect victims, and the proper legal channels, my team also treats each domestic violence case with care and compassion. I understand the personal, sensitive nature of such cases, and I make sure that you know your rights and options throughout the criminal and civil processes, as well as the moments outside the courtroom.
Defining Domestic Violence In Arizona
The precise definitions of domestic violence crimes vary from state to state but generally encompass acts of physical, mental and emotional abuse that occur within a private residence.
While we all have a good idea of what domestic violence means, Arizona has specific laws that govern these kinds of cases. Based on the current revised statutes, Arizona defines domestic violence as:
- Assault and aggravated assault
- Child abuse
- Custodial interference
- False imprisonment and kidnapping
- Harassment (in person, online or on the phone)
- Violation of a protective order or restraining order
- Stalking, including surreptitious photographing
- Threats and intimidation
The list above is incomplete but provides a good sense of what is considered domestic violence.
Know Your Options For Taking Action
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these behaviors at the hands of a spouse, significant other, relative, roommate, etc., it’s important to call 911 and get the police involved right away, especially if there are children involved.
Once this initial action is taken, a Phoenix family lawyer can assist in a variety of ways, from advice about the specific Arizona laws involved in your specific case to preparing documents and legal forms for civil court hearings.
I provide more than just courtroom representation in domestic violence cases. I can help you file restraining orders, prepare child custody motions, file orders of protection for property and finances, gather document evidence for both criminal and civil use, and help you understand the measures you can take against the perpetrator to protect yourself, your family and anyone else involved.
Understanding Spousal Abuse
It’s important to understand that domestic violence isn’t always physical. Under Arizona law, emotional and psychological abuse are taken very seriously, including threats of violence, manipulation, preventing you from seeing family and friends, withholding financial access, and so on.
If you’re unsure of where your situation falls under Arizona law, a consultation with an experienced Phoenix family attorney can help you determine if laws have been broken, if criminal penalties apply, and what you can do about protecting yourself and pursuing a civil case.
As with all of my clients, Steven N. Cole, LLC, respects your privacy and understands that many legal matters, especially cases involving domestic violence, are sensitive for all parties. My team and I take the utmost care in approaching your case with compassion and patience, going above and beyond to ensure that you’re informed and prepared for each phase of your case and working diligently to provide relief and resolution.