Monday, September 10, 2012
When individuals are charged with felony offenses, they are entitled to counsel to represent them. Again, those individuals are required to meet strict financial qualifications in order to be entitled to the assistance of an attorney free of charge. In Maricopa County the office of the public defender, legal defender, and the Office of Public Defense Services handle indigent representation. While these attorneys are certainly qualified and competent attorneys, their caseloads are substantial. If you are facing criminal charges and you would like a little more one-on-one attention, hiring a private attorney might be the best way for you to receive that personal attention. Private attorneys generally can limit their practice so that their caseload is not overwhelming so that they can focus and give attention to the individuals who need it. If you have been charged with a crime state of Arizona and would like a free case evaluation please contact my office at www.arizonaattorneykg.com or by calling at 480-305-5755.
Monday, August 13, 2012
When an individual decides to appeal a conviction that appeal is heard by a higher level court than the one that heard the case. For example an individual who was convicted in either a justice court or a city municipal court would appeal that conviction to the county Superior Court. An individual convicted in Superior Court would appeal any conviction to the Arizona Appellate court and from that court to the Arizona Supreme Court. The only appellate relief after the Arizona Supreme Court is at the United States Supreme Court, which takes very few cases. Individuals who wish to appeal criminal convictions must file a notice of appeal with the court in which they were convicted within 20 days after the entry of judgment and sentence.
The petition for post conviction relief filed under rule 32 is considered to be part of the original claim for the original case. In that sense it means that the original court where the conviction occurred will hear the postconviction relief motion. In filing for post conviction relief there eight grounds in which postconviction relief may be granted. The first is that the conviction of the sentence was in violation of federal or state constitution. The second is that the court has no jurisdiction to render judgment while the third is that the sentence is a legal. The fourth is that the defendant is being held in custody after the sentence imposed has expired and the fifth includes newly discovered evidence. The sixth ground is if an individual missed their time to file a Notice of Appeal which was not their fault. The seventh includes if there is a significant change in the law that would've applied to the individuals case which in turn would've probably overturned any conviction. The final ground for relief is if the defendant demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the claim was such that no reasonable fact finder could have found the individual guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There are multiple ways to challenge a case after conviction. If you been convicted of a crime and are looking to follow post conviction relief or an appeal please contact my office at www.ArizonaattorneyKG.com or by giving me a phone call for free case evaluation at 480-305-5755.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The maximum penalty that an individual can face with a class one misdemeanor is six months in jail, a $2500 fine plus surcharge, and up to three years of supervised probation or five years of probation if the case is a DUI. Class two misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of four months in jail, a $750 fine plus surcharge and up to two years of probation. A class three misdemeanor carries a
maximum penalty of 30 days in jail, a $500 fine plus surcharges, and up to one year of probation. Some criminal offenses mandate certain punishment that could be different than those penalties discussed previously. For example an individual convicted of a DUI is required to serve at least one day in jail and could be facing prison time. Other crimes such as dangerous crimes against children could result in a penalty of life imprisonment, even if the person is a first time offendeer. In short individuals convicted of criminal offenses can face a variety of potential penalties. Each case has its own unique set of circumstances and its own factors that contribute to the sentence an individual may receive if they are convicted. If you are facing criminal offense and are worried about potential penalties that you may face please do not hesitate contact my office at 480-305-5755 or at www.ArizonaattorneyKG.com.
Monday, July 23, 2012
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Friday, March 9, 2012
It is called “take-out” for a reason.
A woman in Chicago reported her wallet had been stolen from her car. When officers got there, she told them she had seen a green car leaving the area. She had also found out that her card had just been used at a McDonalds only 50 yards from the gas station where the wallet was taken.
When the police got to McDonald’s they found a green van and the women and her children having lunch inside of it. They matched the receipt to the stolen card and also found another receipt for gas charged to the same card.
The woman was charged with felony identity theft, misuse of a credit card and illegally conducting criminal activities.
Next time, maybe she’ll consider taking her lunch home before sitting down to eat.
If you find yourself charged with similar or other crimes, please visit our website and call us at 480-305-5755 or toll free at 888-380-4507. We can work with you to resolve your case and send you back on your way.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
In today’s economy, even school districts are facing strict budget cuts. On top of that the new federal nutrition standards mean that it will cost more per lunch to meet those requirements. How do schools close the deficit?
One school district in Ohio has hired a collection agency to recover an estimated $900,000 in unpaid lunch money. The district says it loses more than $2,600 every school day.
This issue is not unique to this school district; schools nationwide are seeing more and more students without lunch money. They want to make sure the students are fed but at the same time they cannot afford to allow unpaid meal charges to remain outstanding.
So some families in Ohio will start to receive calls from a collection agency in April attempting to collect on this debt.
Remember, it is not illegal to be poor or to not be able to pay your bills. Some things like check forgery or writing bad checks are illegal acts and you can be charged with a crime for those acts. If you are in this situation, please visit our website or contact us at 480-305-5755 or toll free at 888-380-4507. We can help you get through your case with a fair outcome.