A lot has changed in the last 25 years when it comes to domestic violence.
Before the early 1990s,
domestic violence was a personal and private matter. Often unreported or underreported,
victims were shamed and faulted for instigating or contributing to their
own abuse. One man changed that.
A well-known and seemingly powerful man
murdered his ex-wife and her lover. His heinous crime awoke the conscience of America,
outed the dirty secret held by millions of households, and put domestic
violence into a national spotlight. That man was O.J. Simpson
What Is Domestic Violence?
While most people think of only murder,
aggravated assault, or stalking of a spouse or partner to be domestic violence offenses,
Arizona law classifies more than a dozen crimes as domestic violence offenses
if committed against a spouse, former spouse, relative, or intimate partner.
Child abuse and vulnerable adult abuse are also classified as domestic
violence offenses if committed against a family member.
Domestic violence often extends beyond physical abuse or injury and can include:
- Verbal Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Destruction of Property
- Financial Control
- Jealousy or Control Issues
More often than not, murder is the culmination of a cycle of domestic violence
as opposed to the start. In the case of OJ Simpson, one or more of these
factors was likely present and continued for a significant period of time
leading up to the crime.
Evidence in Domestic Violence Cases
In the decades since the OJ Simpson case, police, prosecutors, and courts
have developed special protocols for the prosecution of domestic violence
cases not only in Arizona, but around the country. Almost all police officers
who respond to a domestic violence call are trained to digitally record
all victims and witnesses (including suspects, as it is common for victims
to change or recant their stories). Photographs are almost always taken
to document injuries or damages to property which could corroborate or
disprove witness statements. In some cases, such as aggravated assault
by strangulation, special forensic medical examination, and testing is
done so that expert testimony can be used at trial to explain to a jury
what the injuries mean and how they were caused.
Hiring a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Being charged with a domestic violence offense is a serious matter. At
the Law Office of Jason Lamm, we understand the penalties, consequences,
and stigmas that can result from being charged and convicted of a domestic
violence offense. With a team headed by
Jason Lamm, one of Phoenix’s skilled
defense lawyer, we recognize that not all allegations are true and that in domestic violence
cases the system presumes people to be guilty instead of innocent. We
fight hard to bring out the truth and clear our client’s names.
And if the allegations prove to be false, we take steps to make sure that
the person who brought them is held accountable by the system.
If you or someone close to you has been charged with a domestic violence
offense in Phoenix, or elsewhere in Arizona,
contact the Law Office of Jason Lamm at (602)663-9100 for a
private consultation. The time to begin your defense is right now.