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How Important is the Victim’s Testimony in a Criminal Case?

How Important is the Victims Testimony in a Criminal Case?

Introduction

One popular myth that appears to persist in the minds of the general population is that there can be no prosecution for a crime if the victim of that crime does not want to proceed with the prosecution and/or does not wish to press […]

Your Right to a Speedy Trial

Your Right to a Speedy Trial

Introduction

Every criminal defendant is cognizant of at least some of the rights he or she is afforded in a criminal case. The right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, and (important for this discussion) the right to a speedy trial are often asserted by criminal defendants […]

When Are You In Police Custody?

When Are You in Police Custody?

Introduction

In the realm of criminal law, the time you are placed in police custody matters. So, when are you in police custody? Being placed in custody triggers a host of rights and required warnings, some of which include:

  • Before being placed in custody officers must have probable cause to believe […]

When Can Officers Search Your Vehicle in Arizona? Part II

When Can Officers Search Your Vehicle in Arizona? (Part II)

When can officers search your vehicle in Arizona? Once officers have lawfully stopped your vehicle and detained you, they may search the interior of your car if they have probable cause that there is evidence of a crime […]

FAQs About Mental Health in Criminal Cases

FAQs About Mental Health in Criminal Cases (Part 3 of 3)

Introduction

mental health in criminal casesIn this final blog post in a series of posts dealing with mental health in criminal cases, we will examine some of the frequently asked questions that occur in […]

The Insanity Defense in Arizona – Arizona Criminal Defense

The Insanity Defense in Arizona (Part 2 of 3)

Introduction to the insanity defense in Arizona

Continuing with an examination of how mental illnesses and conditions can impact a person’s criminal charges, our attention turns next to a defense based on mental disorder. In times past, this defense was known as the “insanity defense.” The […]

Competancy to Stand Trial for Criminal Acts – Part I

Competancy to Stand Trial for Criminal Acts (Part 1 of 3)

Competancy to Stand Trial

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time designed to draw attention to the impact of mental illnesses and suicide in America. In recognition of this, this blog post will be one of three blog posts focusing on the impact that […]

When Officers Can Search Your Vehicle – Arizona Criminal Law

When Officers Can Search Your Vehicle? (Part I)

Do you know when officers can search your vehicle? Just as we do not like someone snooping through our houses without our permission and/or a valid reason for doing so, none of us appreciates a person who searches our car. Even if we do not “live […]

Know Your Rights Regarding Car Searches

Introduction to Know Your Rights Regarding Car Searches

Introduction to Know Your Rights Regarding Car SearchesYou have been pulled over by a police officer. On the side of the road at night, the officer hands you your license and ticket before asking if you have anything illegal in […]

New Trial Based On Discovering New Evidence

Introduction to New Trial Based on Discovering New Evidence

Introduction to New Trial Based on Discovering New EvidenceWhen it comes to a criminal trial, defendants should generally “lay all of their cards on the table” and introduce every relevant piece of evidence that may, however slightly, indicate that the […]

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