January 30, 2023

Can You Trust a Public Defender to Handle Your Case?

A public defender is a criminal defense lawyer employed by the government. They defend people that cannot afford to hire a lawyer for their case. Usually, public defenders represent people with very little or no money at all. Are Public Defenders Effective? Yes, public defenders are effective because they bring the same passion and dedication to cases they handle as many other lawyers do. They are also well trained in their trade and know that their job is essential to preserve justice in our legal system. In many cases, public defenders are just as good at their jobs as private […]
January 15, 2023

Can You Own a Firearm After a Felony?

The United States is among the few countries in the world that consider the ownership of a gun a constitutional right for its citizens. The right to carry arms or gun rights is something that has become rooted in the culture of America. Most citizens take pride in the fact they are legally allowed to own guns. However, this law only allows people 18 or older to buy and own rifles, shotguns, and the ammunition for them. Only people who are 21 or older can buy any other kind of gun. However, even if you meet all the age requirements, […]
June 29, 2022

Vehicle Searches in Arizona: Know Your Rights

Let’s say you are pulled over by a police officer on the roadside. The officer requests your driver’s license and asks whether you have anything illegal in your vehicle. Finally, the officer requests to search your car, and now you are left wondering what you should do and how you are supposed to respond to this. It’s important to note that one has rights that protect them from police harassment and illegal searches despite all this. Sometimes, one forgets that some laws and rights protect drivers against traffic stops. It’s your right to have these legal protections asserted for them […]
May 23, 2022

Examining the Costs of a DUI

If a driver receives a DUI charge, the total costs may exceed several thousand dollars. In Arizona, the legal system often requires those convicted of this to pay a large fine, a public fund safety fee, an ignition interlock device, and a license reinstatement fee. And there are fees if the police officer impounds your vehicle. What are some of the Fines? The base court fine and surcharges could be almost $2000 and a DUI assessment of another $250. The fees do not stop there. The court imposes other mandatory fees.  There is the Arizona Department of Public Safety Equipment […]
May 11, 2022

How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Arizona Record?

No matter where you live, being convicted for driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious matter. It can have profound and life-changing effects for everyone involved in the incident. But, for most people, a DUI is a result of an inadvertent lapse in judgment, not a long-term pattern of behavior. For that reason, it’s not unusual for someone with a DUI conviction to wonder how long it will stay on their record. It’s one of the most common DUI questions lawyers receive and the rules surrounding this subject vary from state to state. In some states, a DUI will […]
April 28, 2022

Dangerous Crimes in Arizona Have Serious Legal Consequences

Arizona increases punishments for crimes that endanger other people. State statutes classify these offenses as dangerous crimes; this includes any offense that involves using, or threatening to use, a dangerous weapon or instrument. Even if the perpetrator doesn’t use any type of object, an offense can still qualify for this classification if the offender intentionally causes serious physical harm to another person. Legal Consequences of Dangerous Crimes If a criminal offense qualifies as a dangerous crime, Arizona law extends the presumptive sentence for the crime, without priors, 1.25 to 5.5 years. This penalty is in addition to the sentence for […]
April 20, 2022

Can Drug Charges Affect Financial Aid?

Even as some drug use (mostly cannabis) becomes more acceptable in society at large, serious consequences still loom large for those convicted of a drug crime. Even if you avoid prison time, having a drug conviction on your record can inhibit your ability to make a better future for yourself. This is true in many facets of life, including qualifying for financial aid and funding your education. Pell Grants and Federal Loans Even if you were convicted of this drug offence, you are not automatically ineligible to receive a Pell grant. There is, however, a period of ineligibility for federal […]
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