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How Important is Voir Dire?

Introduction to How Important is Voir Dire

introduction to how important is voir dire in a criminal caseYou may have heard news reports or watched trials (real or fictitious) where the attorneys were able to select quickly a jury and begin trying the case in short order. You […]

Privileges in Your Criminal Case

Introduction to Privileges in Your Criminal Case

privileges in your criminal caseIn proving its case against you, the prosecution will rely on evidence and the testimony of various witnesses. In a significant number of cases, the prosecution may have no direct evidence of your involvement in criminal activity at […]

What is a Deadly Weapon?


Introduction to What is a Deadly Weapon?

introduction to what is a deadly weaponLegislatures throughout the country routinely enact statutes that punish similar crimes differently depending on a number of factors. For example, property crimes – crimes like theft and burglary that are carried out against a person’s […]

Theft in Arizona

Introduction to Theft in Arizonaintroduction to theft in arizona

Whether leaving a store without paying for a candy bar or “borrowing” your neighbor’s car without his or her permission, a theft conviction can result in serious sanctions and collateral consequences. As a result, you should take any theft […]

What is Selective Prosecution and How Does It Impact My Criminal Case?

Introduction to Selective Prosecution

person pointing at you as an example of selective prosecutionAmerican citizens and residents who find themselves charged with a crime have a legitimate expectation that they will be treated fairly by the prosecution. When the prosecution does not treat a defendant fairly, the […]

Prosecutorial Misconduct: When Prosecutors Misbehave


prosecutorial misconduct

It has often been said that the criminal justice system favors the accused by affording defendants significant protections and rights at all stages of a criminal proceeding. While some victim advocates claim this is unfair because victims do not have many rights, the American criminal justice […]

When the Police Lie in Your Case


police lieRecent national events have caused cast a suspicion eye on police activities throughout the country. If ever there was a time when the public gave police officers the benefit of the doubt in a questionable situation, that time has passed. Now, law enforcement officers are finding […]

Discovery in a Criminal Case


discovery in a criminal case

Over the years, the legal community has come to disfavor “trials by surprise.” In times past, litigants in any dispute would “surprise” their opponents with witnesses and evidence on the day of trial. The other party would need to be resourceful to effectively combat […]

The Trouble with Child Witnesses

Introduction to Child Witnesses in Criminal Cases

child witness in criminal case

Most everyone knows what happens when a witness is called to testify in a criminal case: that witness must swear to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” before he or she is […]

Tips for Your Next Traffic Ticket

What are Some Tips for Your Next Traffic Ticket?

tips for your next traffic ticket
Being pulled over by the police is never an enjoyable experience. In recent times, traffic stops have turned violent or even deadly, resulting in injuries or death to the officer or to the motorist […]

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