Vehicle Theft – Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney

Wednesday / November 11, 2015

You hear about it a lot and maybe it’s even happened to you – vehicle theft in Arizona. As a criminal defense attorney I get a lot of questions about stolen vehicles both from those accused and those who have had their vehicle stolen or used in a manner that was against their consent. A […]

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What is Vehicular Manslaughter? Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney

Monday / November 9, 2015

Over the weekend, news broke out about an alleged impaired driver who rear-ended a car. Unfortunately, that scenario is pretty typical and I probably hear about it most as an Arizona criminal defense attorney. However, that first impact caused another collision with a truck waiting to make a left-hand turn at the intersection. The male […]

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Look No Further Than the NFL: How Drug Possession Charges Can Change Your Career

Saturday / October 10, 2015

The 2015 pro football season kicked off with 26 notable NFL players missing from the field. All twenty-six players were recently suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Running back Le’Veon Bell, will sit out from Pittsburgh’s first two games. San Diego’s Antonio Gates, one of the most prolific players in league history, is […]

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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, It’s… Marijuana?

Wednesday / September 30, 2015

The monsoon season in Arizona can be pretty intense. That’s why one Nogales, Arizona couple didn’t really think twice about a loud, single bang they heard one night.   They were probably just thinking, wow, that thunder was pretty close.   They went on with their evening, assuming a monsoon storm was passing through the […]

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How to Help Kids Dealing with Domestic Violence

Sunday / September 20, 2015

Children who are victims of or who witness acts of domestic violence can suffer from serious emotional conflict. In fact, some studies have shown that kids who witness episodes of domestic violence between people they are attached to can be affected just as much as if they were the direct victim. Similar reports have shown […]

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Celebrity Shoplifting Mistakes

Thursday / September 10, 2015

Former NBA guard Rex Chapman was arrested last year for stealing more than $15,000 worth of Apple products from the company’s Scottsdale store. He then sold the merchandise to a local pawnshop and pocketed the cash. Now, a year later, he pled guilty to four felony shoplifting charges. Heading into his final hearing, his lawyers […]

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Hindering Prosecution

Friday / June 19, 2015

Was someone you know suspected of committing a felony crime? Did you knowingly prevent the apprehension of this suspect? Under Arizona law, when a person renders assistance to another party who is suspected of committing a felony, this person may be charged with hindering prosecution.   Some examples of rendering assistance are: harboring or concealing […]

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Sexual Offenses in Arizona

Thursday / June 11, 2015

According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, since 2002, sexual offenses have been on the rise by 23% in Arizona. There are a wide variety of incidents that are considered to be sexual offenses under Arizona Law. These offenses range from indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual conduct with a minor and voyeurism. Each sexual offense […]

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Holiday Weekend DUI

Friday / May 22, 2015

Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day are high traveled and celebrated weekends. Police departments across the state of Arizona plan to have a DUI task force and will be patrolling specific areas in order to catch DUI drivers, to keep the community safe.   It was reported that on Memorial Day 2014, the police DUI […]

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Criminal Charges for Leaving Child in a vehicle

Friday / May 1, 2015

Roughly 20 states have specific laws making it illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. However, Arizona is not one of these states. Arizona does have several laws that can be used to prosecute someone who leaves a child in a hot car. A person who leave a child in a hot car […]

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Supreme Court Rules: Cops Can’t Detain Suspects to wait for Drug-sniffing Dogs

Tuesday / April 28, 2015

On April 21, 2015 the United States Supreme Court made a ruling on whether an officer may extend an already completed traffic stop for a canine sniff without reasonable suspicion. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure to prevent police from extending a […]

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Act

Thursday / March 19, 2015

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative (Proposition 203) was on the November 2, 2010 ballot as an initiated state statute. Arizona Medical Marijuana Question, Proposition 203 (2010), March 19, 2015,,_Proposition_203_(2010). According to the election results, 50.1% of voters approved Proposition 203, making Arizona the 15th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Id. Although […]

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Setting Aside a Charge in Arizona

Thursday / March 12, 2015

Although Arizona does not have an Expungment statute, you may be eligible to have an offense set aside. To set aside an offense means to cancel or revoke a judgment or order, so the original is modified, but it is not destroyed; the original may still be available for use. Newman v. Show Low Police […]

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Cell Phones, Off Limits?

Friday / March 6, 2015

When an officer lawfully arrests someone, that officer is allowed to search a few areas in order to protect him/herself. The officer can perform a pat down of the arrestee to make sure there are no hidden weapons that could be used to harm the officer. Moreover, when an officer lawfully arrests a person in […]

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Mandatory Prison Terms for Repetitive Offenses

Wednesday / February 18, 2015

Imagine: A drug addict has a prior conviction for drug possession. As he attempts to sell a gram of cocaine to get his next fix, he gets caught. He now faces a sentence that is almost double that of a dealer caught with a kilo of cocaine for the first time. Laura Jones, Mandatory Sentencing […]

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Fourth Amendment Rights

Friday / January 30, 2015

Most Americans somewhat understand what the Constitution stands for and who it is intended to protect. Nevertheless, it may be difficult to figure out which Amendments within the Constitution are more important than others and which pertain to you.   The Fourth Amendment is one of the most significant components of the Constitution. It protects […]

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Fourth Amendment Under Attack, Again

Friday / January 16, 2015

After the October 6, 2014 argument in front of the United States Supreme Court, attorneys for Nicholas Heien and the attorneys for the state of North Carolina finally received a decision on December 15, 2014 for the Heien v. North Carolina case. The United States Supreme Court affirmed the North Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in […]

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Restore Your Rights After a Felony

Thursday / January 8, 2015

The age old myth is that convicted felons cannot vote, or possess guns. Just because you have a felony on your record does not mean that you lose all your rights as a citizen.   Life after a felony conviction can be frustrating and difficult. However, the saying “If you do the crime, you have […]

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Racial Profiling in Arizona

Tuesday / December 30, 2014

After all the national attention of Arizona’s immigration laws in 2010, it may be difficult to figure out where the state’s law stands currently.   Arizona Senate Bill 1070 passed in 2010 making it unlawful for any “alien” over the age of 14 to remain in the United States over 30 days without registering with […]

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Drugs & Driving – The New DUI Laws & Marijuana

Tuesday / December 23, 2014

The occasional marijuana user can fear a DUI no longer. The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that just because you have traces of inactive THC (metabolite contained in marijuana), legally or illegally, does not mean that you are guilty of a DUI.   Previously in Arizona, if you had smoked a little marijuana a month […]

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Consenting to a Search – No Warrant Needed

Friday / April 11, 2014

If you have a roommate or live with someone, do not get on their bad side – at least according to the United States Supreme Court in a recent ruling. In the last term, the Court handed down the decision of Fernandez v. California. In Fernandez, a man was attacked and later identified his attacker […]

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Shoplifting – A Jury Eligible Offense

Saturday / February 22, 2014

Most people have a pretty good idea of what constitutes shoplifting – you go into a store and take items without paying for them.  Pretty simple, right?  Besides simply taking items, there are a few other ways that an individual can commit the crime of shoplifting.  According to the shoplifting statute, the crime can be […]

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Domestic Violence – Generally Not an Individual Charge

Saturday / February 1, 2014

It seems like at least once a day that I get a phone call from somebody telling me they have been charged with domestic violence which leads to a story about how no violence was involved so it there is no way that the charge is the appropriate charge.   With very few exceptions, individuals […]

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Victims Don’t Actually Press Charges

Tuesday / January 14, 2014

One of the many misconceptions people have about the criminal justice system is that somebody is actually pressing charges against the defendant when the alleged offense is a “victim” crime. The phrase “I want to press charges” is commonly thrown around on TV but that does not tell the whole story.   Criminal charges in the […]

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Trespassing Constitutes a Search Under Fourth Amendment

Thursday / October 17, 2013

In a previous post I looked at drug dogs and an officers ability to conduct a search based on the dog alerting to an illegal substance. Continuing in that vein, the Supreme Court of United States recently ruled on a case Florida v Jardines when police use that same method in sniffing a home. In the […]

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Supreme Court Says Drug Dogs Reliable

Tuesday / October 15, 2013

One of the common tactics used by police officers when investigating crimes is the use of drug dogs. Almost everyone is familiar with these dogs and has probably seen them on TV. Police dogs are highly trained animals that are used in the detection of drugs and sometimes explosive devices. Officers take advantage of these […]

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EEOC Strategic Enforcement

Sunday / September 8, 2013

Many times I get calls from individuals who have received the right to sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and feel that because they got a right to sue letter they have a strong case.  Some even think that because they received a Right to Sue letter the EEOC is indicating that […]

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Detention During Execution of a Search Warrant

Friday / September 6, 2013

Continuing our look at recent Supreme Court criminal cases that were decided this term brings us to the case of Bailey v. United States. Bailey deals with officers detaining individuals relative to serving a search warrant. Undercover officers watched Mr. Bailey leave an apartment a couple hours prior to the officers planned execution of a […]

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Employment Exclusion Based on Past Criminal Convictions

Friday / August 30, 2013

One of the common questions that I get asked as a criminal defense attorney and employment discrimination attorney is how is a criminal conviction going to affect my future employment or my current employment. As we know Arizona is an at-will employment state which offers very few protections to employees. The only protections are those […]

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Affirmative Defenses – What are they?

Recently the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Smith v. United States regarding affirmative defenses. In the Smith case, Smith sought to overturn his conspiracy conviction based on the fact that he had permanently withdrawn from a conspiracy prior to the commission of the criminal events. Smith stated that his withdrawal from the conspiracy […]

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Salinas v. Texas

Thursday / August 22, 2013

Most individuals know that the Fifth Amendment of United States Constitution allows individuals to remain silent rather than incriminating themselves with police. This is further recognized by the Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona which created what has become known as Miranda Rights. However in a recent Supreme Court decision, Salinas v. Texas, the […]

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What is a Search Warrant?

Thursday / June 27, 2013

It seems like the latest thing that I’m seeing a lot in my cases are search warrants. What exactly is a search warrant and how do you challenge a search warrant it? A search warrant is a court order that allows the police to be able to search or to take items related to a […]

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Missouri v. McNeely – What’s it mean for Arizona drivers?

Wednesday / June 26, 2013

After much delay we’re finally back with a blog post. This week’s post, we’re talking about the new Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely decided in April of this year.   In the McNealy case a driver of an automobile was stopped for speeding and crossing the centerline. He declined to take a breath test or any other measures […]

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Missouri v. McNeely – What’s it mean for Arizona drivers?

Friday / June 14, 2013

After much delay we’re finally back with a blog post. This week’s post, we’re talking about the new Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely decided in April of this year.In the McNealy case a driver of an automobile was stopped for speeding and crossing the centerline. He declined to take a breath test or any other measures to determine his […]

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Do I Get a Court-Appointed Attorney?

Monday / September 10, 2012

Am I entitled to a free attorney? That question can only be answered if a number of factors are met when an individual is charged with a crime. When individuals are charged with misdemeanor crimes they are only entitled to an attorney if they are facing jail time and meet the court’s financial requirements to qualify […]

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I’ve been convicted – now what?

Monday / August 13, 2012

When and individual is convicted of a crime they have two major avenues in which they can go about trying to overturn that conviction. Individuals convicted at a trial I have appellate rights to be able to appeal certain aspects of the trial including: the admission of certain evidence; the judge’s ruling to allow certain testimony; and other ruling […]

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What’s going to happen to me?

Thursday / August 9, 2012

If I’m convicted of a crime what is my punishment going to be? That is a question that I commonly get asked by individuals who are seeking my services. The type of punishment that somebody could receive depends on a number of factors. Those factors include:  whether you been convicted of previous criminal offenses; how long ago those […]

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DUI Law Changes Part 2

Monday / July 23, 2012

In the second installment of modifications under Senate Bill 1200, we will be looking at how the new law affects jail terms for regular, extreme, super extreme DUI as well as other changes for regular and extreme DUI. With the new modifications in the law an individual who is convicted of a first offense non-extreme […]

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Changes in Arizona DUI Law

Tuesday / July 17, 2012

In late 2011 Arizona Legislature amended the DUI and interlock laws through Senate Bill 1200. Over the course of the next few blog post will be providing information on the updates that were contained in Senate Bill 1200 and how that can affect your future DUI case. The first thing we want to talk about […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tuesday / March 6, 2012

Evidently Arizona mothers need to be more aware of their children. In two different cases today, men were charged with killing their mothers after a fight. In Tucson a women fell out of a moving vehicle and died. The police are suspecting that she was pushed and are treating the case as a a homicide. […]

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Friday / March 2, 2012

Sometimes we get thwarted by children and they don’t even know what they are doing. A man was arrested in Texas for installing a hidden camera in the changing room of a rec center. He had disguised it as an air freshener and hung it on the wall. A mother took her three kids into […]

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Wednesday / February 29, 2012

Sometimes we just don’t give kids enough credit. Some of them have more sense than adults do. In Montana, a 9-year-old girl jumped out of a car and told a nearby cashier in a convenience store that her mother was very drunk. The police were called and the little girl pointed out her mother’s car […]

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Tuesday / February 28, 2012

Some bank robbers were foiled by unlikely witnesses this past weekend. Some men walking into a Surprise area Safeway store were noticed by a Girl Scout Troop selling cookies outside the store. The troop leader stated that the men gave them “bad vibes”. (Kids know when someone is trying to look innocent when they aren’t. […]

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Thursday / February 23, 2012

A Massachusetts woman has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired after police determined she was driving in excess of 100 mph before causing a fatal wreck last month. The 27-year –old woman’s passenger died at the scene of the single vehicle accident. The woman was unable to maintain control […]

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Saturday / February 18, 2012

A man was arrested in West St. Paul, MN for allegedly stealing up to $25,000 in laundry detergent from a grocery store. The man would go into the store almost daily and cart away the soap and other items. Tide seems to be his detergent of choice. At least he’s brand loyal and has clean […]

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Thursday / February 16, 2012

One of the biggest stories in the news this week is the death of Whitney Houston. Although the cause of death has not been determined, there has been talk of drug abuse. Drugs are prevalent not only in the world of the rich and famous but also in our everyday lives. It even crops up […]

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Tuesday / February 14, 2012

In Arizona news today, a transient male was arrested after pulling a knife on a Walmart employee. The employee caught the man trying to shoplift a Black and Decker jigsaw. The alleged thief’s first mistake was trying to shoplift anything at all and the second mistake was taking something that didn’t fit in his pocket. […]

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Crazy Cases 1

Friday / February 10, 2012

This blog is going to be changing a little. We’re going to try and hit more recent events, inject a little humor and hopefully make this blog more entertaining while keeping it informative. We are starting today with a new weekly feature called Crazy Cases. These will be featured stories in the news where the […]

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Friday / February 3, 2012

Fraudulently Obtaining A Signature If you get someone’s signature with an intent to defraud or you omit or misrepresent any information to obtain a signature it is considered fraud. This charge is the highest level of misdemeanor in Arizona and could carry prison sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of up to […]

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Wednesday / February 1, 2012

There are many ways to commit credit card fraud. These include “skimming” where credit card information is stolen from a legitimate transaction such as a hidden scanner at the gas pump or by a store employee from a retail transaction; use of stolen balance transfer checks; or even identity theft. A couple of the most […]

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Monday / January 30, 2012

What is forgery? It is the making, drawing or altering of a document with an intent to defraud. The law says: A person is guilty of forgery if:a) a actor or person alters any writing of any person,b) makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues, or transfers any writing so that it purports to be an act […]

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Friday / January 27, 2012

If a person attempts to, or knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to another, that person would be guilty of aggravated assault. While a single punch might be simple assault a series of hard punches would upgrade the charge to aggravated assault. Injury that creates a substantial risk of death or results in disfigurement […]

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Wednesday / January 25, 2012

Simple assault happens when a person attempts to cause or knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person. If the other person is in fear of receiving serious bodily injury then that is simple assault also. Simply touching someone with the intent to hurt them or causing them to be accidently hurt is assault […]

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Assault and Battery

Wednesday / January 18, 2012

We have finished our facelift and hope you like the new look! Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions on topics or the layout. Today we start our series on Assault and Battery United States law says that assault happens when someone intentionally inflicts fear of serious bodily injury or offensive contact on another. […]

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Testing – Criminal Defense Blog

Tuesday / January 17, 2012

I think everything is up and running and we should now be posting to both Facebook and Twitter.  If it is, regular blog posts will resume on Wednesday. Until then if you have any concerns please visit our website or call us at 480-305-5755 or toll-free at 888-380-4507.

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Friday / January 6, 2012

As we start a new year, we think changes are in order for 2012. I fresh look is a good start, so we are in the process of redesigning this blog. Watch for changes to come! Our regular blog posts will continue next week. Of course, our primary interest is always making sure that you […]

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Happy New Year!

Wednesday / January 4, 2012

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a happy and productive year for you! Remember, if you or someone you know has had a run in with law enforcement in the last few weeks, call us at the number below. We can help smooth things out and fight for your rights. We just started this […]

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Traffic Offenses – Reckless Driving

Friday / December 30, 2011

When a driver shows disregard for the rules of the road, doesn’t follow common driving procedures often resulting in accidents and other damage that is usually called Reckless Driving. Arizona law states the following: A person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. […]

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Traffic Offenses – Excessive Speed

Wednesday / December 28, 2011

You can be arrested and prosecuted for “Excessive Speed”. This is driving 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit OR driving faster than 85 mph. Being convicted shows up as a misdemeanor and means you will have a criminal record. You may also face imprisonment up to 30 days and fines up to […]

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Criminal Driving Offenses – Suspended License

Monday / December 26, 2011

This week, we take a brief look at other traffic offenses you may need legal help with. Driving on a suspended or revoked license. Your license can be suspended or revoked for a number of reasons including Driving a vehicle under the influence of any drug Any homicide or aggravated assault involving use of a […]

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Ignition Interlock Device Changes to the Arizona Laws

Friday / December 23, 2011

Our last article this week about the coming changes to Arizona’s DUI law. Ignition Interlock Device (IID) If you are required to install an IID, it must be extended 6 additional months if you violate the required IID requirements. Changes in the law will also require that 1) The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) will refuse […]

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More Changes in the Arizona DUI Laws

Wednesday / December 21, 2011

We are continuing our series of posts on the new DUI laws that are becoming effective January 1, 2012. Sentences For a non-extreme DUI, you must serve one day instead of 24 consecutive hours in jail. The court will now be able to suspend all but 9 or 14 days, depending on the Blood Alcohol […]

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New Arizona DUI Laws

Monday / December 19, 2011

Since it is the holiday season and the time of year when more people get pulled over for a DUI, I’d like to talk about the new changes to the DUI laws coming up during this week’s posts. All changes take place January 1, 2012. Changes to Drivers Licenses You MUST be served an order […]

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What To Do If You Are Stopped For A DUI

Friday / December 16, 2011

What should you do if you are stopped for a DUI? The first thing is not to panic. Stay calm. Be courteous and respectful to the Officer. It’s always a good idea not to offer any information that he doesn’t ask about. You may politely refuse to answer his questions and in Arizona you can, […]

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The DUI Stop

Wednesday / December 14, 2011

This is what you can expect from an average DUI stop. The reason for the stop may vary, it may be in response to an accident but most likely it will be for some type of traffic infraction, such as weaving, running a red light or speeding.You will be asked for your name and drivers […]

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Monday / December 12, 2011

It has happened to nearly all of us at some time or another. We are driving along and we hear the siren or see the flashing lights in our rear view mirror. Your heart may skip a beat, your hands get a little sweaty. Was I going too fast? Did I miss a red light? […]

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Scared to Talk to an Attorney?

Friday / December 9, 2011

You may be concerned about meeting with an attorney for the first time. Regardless of the type of matter you are facing, my process is the same. You will be asked to describe your situation and your goals. You need to know how the law affects your case. Finally, you need to be aware of […]

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Busted for Drugs in Arizona?

Wednesday / December 7, 2011

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime involving drugs, you may be stressed and scared. Whether your charge involves marijuana, methamphetamine, narcotics, cocaine, crack or prescription drugs, there is help from people who care. There are many drug crimes that you can be charged with, including: Possession Drug sales Distributing […]

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Arizona DUI Help

Monday / December 5, 2011

Driving is an important privilege that allows individuals to get to work, home and have the freedom of mobility. If your driving privileges are affected by a traffic offense or DUI, you may be facing serious problems. That is why you should take traffic violations or DUI offenses as seriously as any other criminal charge. […]

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Accused of a Traffic Offense in Arizona?

Friday / December 2, 2011

Often individuals who are convicted of traffic offenses simply accept the fines and consequences along with the violation. At times, it seems individuals do not realize that they can fight against these charges. These types of crimes, at best, result in hefty fines. A worst, they can affect your freedoms through license suspension or jail […]

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You Have the Right to Remain Silent!

Thursday / March 31, 2011

You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to talk to an attorney and have your attorney present while you are being questioned. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you free of […]

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What Will Happen With My Case?

Tuesday / March 15, 2011

Most people have never hired an attorney or gone to court for anything more serious than a traffic ticket. Often times the process can seem overwhelming without the proper help. A civil case has three main stages: (1) the filing of a complaint; (2) discovery; (3) trial or settlement. A typical civil case starts with […]

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Have You Been Drinking Tonight? – What to Expect in a DUI Investigation

Wednesday / February 23, 2011

It is never a welcome sight when you’re driving down the road and see the flashing red and blue lights of a police cruiser signifying you to pull over; but the experience is even more frightening if you’ve been drinking. The first thing you should know is that it is NOT against the law in […]

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Do I Really Need an Attorney?

Wednesday / February 9, 2011

One of the common misconceptions regarding legal problems is that you don’t need a lawyer and can handle the matter yourself. While this could be true in certain circumstances, for the vast majority of cases you need an attorney. Lawyers go through specific training and many years of schooling to understand legal proceedings – a […]

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Welcome to our blog!

Friday / January 7, 2011

Welcome to the Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney blog! It is currently under construction and will be fully functional very soon. We hope you will come back and see the changes and slew of information we will provide. Thank you for visiting!

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