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Driving on a Suspended License in Arizona

Driving on a Suspended License in Arizona – Is it a Criminal Offense?

Driving on a suspended license is a violation in every state but the penalties vary from place to place. Driving on a suspended license in Arizona is classified as a criminal offense. Depending on the severity of the violation, it can result in […]

Criminal Cases in Arizona and Plea Bargaining

Criminal Cases in Arizona and Plea Bargaining

A plea bargain or plea agreement is an opportunity to avoid the trial and the uncertainties that stem from it. The terms will have to be agreed upon between the prosecution and the defense and the defendant will be required to enter a guilty plea for a specific charge. […]

An Overview of Vandalism Laws and Sanctions in Arizona

An Overview of Vandalism Laws and Sanctions in Arizona

Vandalism or criminal damage as it is legally known consists of damaging or defacing somebody else’s property. In Arizona, vandalism is a criminal offense punishable by law. Detailed vandalism laws and sanctions in Arizona pertaining to criminal damage are featured in Arizona Revised Statutes […]

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 […]

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