Reports of domestic violence are up
substantially. The reason is due to the
COVID-19-prompted lock downs. Financial
stress, people constantly being together, and police not booking people into
jail are large factors.
People have lost their jobs, their income, and their purpose. Unfortunately, many people live paycheck to paycheck. They have no savings to cover a loss of income. They cannot pay their bills. The financial stress increases the likelihood of domestic violence. Similar increases in domestic violence have been documented after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Families are stuck in a confined place with their significant other and their children day after day with no escape. Tensions build and there is no release. People normally get a respite from their family during work hours. This confinement mixed with the financial stress creates a powder keg.
The police are not booking people into jail on domestic violence charges. Police departments are arresting less people on less serious crimes. Law enforcement does not want to have contact with people to reduce the impact of the virus, they want less people being brought into the jails. The more people that are brought into the jails, the greater the potential to bring the Coronavirus into the jails and the less able there is to practice social distancing. Normally, when police come out to a domestic violence call, they will arrest someone and book them into jail overnight if there is probable cause that domestic violence occurred. This breaks up the family and the fighting. A day or two later, when the arrested person is released, the judge will put pre-trial conditions of release that will preclude the arrested person from having contact with the victim until the case is resolved, which can take several months. This precludes the opportunity for domestic violence to occur. Moreover, being booked into jail for a night or two has a chilling effect on committing domestic violence.
The most important thing to do if you are facing domestic violence charges in Arizona, is immediately speak with a criminal defense attorney. It is in your best interests to get legal representation as soon as possible to limit the impacts of a domestic violence arrest. The attorneys at Rosenstein Law Group has decades of experience handling domestic violence cases in Courts throughout Arizona. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 480-248-7666. We will come get you out of jail and will start working on individualized defense for your case immediately. Our legal team will be with you every step of the throughout your case, from start to finish. Schedule your free initial consultations on your domestic violence case today. Consultation available In person office appointments available Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in addition to consultations now available safely by phone or one of the many video conferencing platforms available out there.