Written by attorney Jeremy S Geigle

Domestic Battery, Strangulation, & Criminal Confinement Charges for Abusive Husband

The wife of 30-year-old Joseph Lacefield convinced her husband to take her to the hospital after he crushed her hand in a door while she tried to flee their home.

Apparently, Lacefield believed his wife was cheating on him, so he set up a security system that filmed the inside of their home and made her use her cell phone to record herself walking their children to the school bus stop. However, on Monday, February 25 at approximately 3:45 in the afternoon, the phone went into standby mode and stopped recording. When Lacefield came home, he threw his wife on the ground and punched her in the head multiple times.

When the wife took their children for a walk, her husband followed them and eventually forced them into the car to go to a veterinary appointment. While there, Lacefield bit his wife’s ear and continued to argue with her.

On Tuesday morning after the children left for school, the woman tried to leave the house, but got her hand smashed in the door by her husband. He then threw her on the ground and strangled her. It was after this altercation that the woman convinced Lacefield to take her to the hospital.

Police stated that the 26-year-old woman had red marks on her neck from being choked, a bite mark on her ear, and bruises. Even though Lacefield left the hospital, police were able to track him with the GPS feature in his cell phone and arrest him.

Lacefield was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child, strangulation, intimidation, and criminal confinement, along with two charges of misdemeanor battery.

According to A.R.S. § 13-3601(A), domestic violence means any act which is a dangerous crime and:

  1. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.

Domestic violence is an extremely serious crime and is prosecuted harshly in Arizona courts.

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