December 2017

December 20, 2017

Arizona’s Mitigating Circumstances Law

A person who is convicted of a felony usually has mitigating circumstances that a court should consider when imposing a sentence. The mitigating circumstances are found at A.R.S. § 13-701(E)(1)-(6): The age of the defendant. The defendant’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the defendant’s conduct or to conform the defendant’s conduct to the requirements of law was significantly impaired, but not so impaired as to constitute a defense to prosecution. The defendant was under unusual or substantial duress, although not to a degree that would constitute a defense to prosecution. The degree of the defendant’s participation in the crime […]
December 8, 2017

Arizona DUI Checkpoints, What to Know and How to Be Prepared for Them

In the state of Arizona, DUI laws and the corresponding penalties for violation are among the strictest in the country. To help make sure that the laws are enforced, the state sets up sobriety checkpoints all over the state during various times of the year. The checkpoints are common during holidays like the 4th of July, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve, and Labor Day. At the checkpoints, police officers are on the lookout for impaired drivers.   What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints Police officers manning a sobriety checkpoint may either stop all passing vehicles or use a pre-determined pattern […]
December 1, 2017

Benefits of Hiring a Traffic Ticket Attorney

Even if you have been driving for a long time, you may commit some minor driving errors that can result to traffic violations. These include forgetting to use the proper signal when turning, going beyond the speed limit, and beating the red light. These seemingly minor violations can quickly add up, and you may not have the time or the experience to deal with them on your own. Thus, hiring a traffic ticket attorney to contest your traffic tickets in court would be a great move. This way, aside from possibly having to pay lower fines, you may avoid higher […]
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