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I was charged with domestic violence disordely conduct and destruction of property. This is my first offense

Cottonwood, AZ |

My girlfriend doesnt want to file charges or even take this to court because it was a simple drunk shouting match i got mad and threw her phone but i didnt hit her. What could be the punishment for this first time offense?

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If she does not cooperate with the prosecution, they will be unable to prove the case and it will have to be dismissed. You should probably retain a criminal defense attorney to make sure this goes smoothly. Otherwise there is a good change you will end up with a DV conviction on your record, which will permanently prohibit you from owning firearms and may disadvantage you in other ways.


You're going to need to work with a criminal defense attorney to defeat this charge - the State considers itself a victim, so your girlfriend's opinion really doesn't matter to them. Your attorney will need to get a statement and waiver of victim's rights from her, give that to the State asking for dismissal, and work with you and her on what the allegations are, the facts as y'all remember them, and how and whether to testify at trial, what happens if people ignore subpoenas, etc. You're welcome to contact my office in Flagstaff to schedule an appointment here or in Sedona, if you're interested. 928-774-1515

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