January 2020

January 28, 2020

The Importance of Mitigation in Sentencing

In Arizona, the law provides for a wide range of sentence options and gives judges a substantial amount of discretion in sentencing. A judge may look at mitigating factors to help him decide on whether or not to give a convicted person a lower sentence. Mitigating Factors for Lesser Sentences The practice of giving lighter sentences due to mitigating factors exists, and this is one area you and your lawyer should fully explore early on. Before the hearing scheduled for sentencing, prepare yourself to: Talk about your background and personal information Explain the mitigating factors related to your case Talk […]
January 21, 2020

How to Report Cases of Police Misconduct in Arizona

The state of Arizona has mandated its law enforcement officers to detain or stop suspects, whichever may be necessary. Thus, when a police officer tries to search your vehicle or requests that you stop, it’s best that you listen. But, the authorities, like everyone else, are not above the law. In Arizona, police misconduct is considered a serious crime. Unlawful search and seizure and planting of evidence, among others, are forms of misconduct. If you are witness to such behavior by a police officer, you can file your complaint with the appropriate law enforcement department or the Federal Department of […]
January 13, 2020

Drug Offenders and Sentencing

To say that drug sentencing laws in Arizona are complicated is certainly an understatement. There are plenty of guidelines, mandatory minimums, and judicial discretion to contend with. Two felons who are convicted for a similar drug offense, for instance, may not receive the same sentence, depending on a number of factors. These include: If the person receives a first or second drug conviction or if he is a habitual or repeat offender The type of drug involved in the case The amount of the particular drug If the drug involved is intended for sale Depending on how these factors turn […]
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