May 21, 2021

What Are the Penalties for a Second DUI in Arizona?

It is illegal for you to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are caught driving under the influence for a second time, then the DUI penalties will be even harsher than they were the first. You are considered under the influence if you are impaired to the slightest degree by drugs or alcohol.  You are also under the influence if your blood alcohol content is 0.08% or above. If you are operating a commercial vehicle, you are under the influence if the blood alcohol content is 0.04% or above. If you are charged […]
April 30, 2021

Why is Credibility Important in a Criminal Case?

If you are ever charged with a crime by the State, there are some things you need to know. For one, retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible because your future liberty and freedom will be at stake. For another, your credibility and the credibility of any witnesses will be vital in winning your criminal case. Credibility and Believability At its simplest, credibility is the same thing as believability. It’s the power to elicit belief and frequently refers to someone’s reputation for truthfulness. In a court of law, your criminal attorney may seek to […]
April 27, 2021

What is Criminal Damage and What are the Penalties?

The field of criminal law sometimes lists criminal damages as criminal mischief or vandalism, which happens whenever someone defaces or damages public or private property. Acts of criminal damage range from writing your name on a stop sign to damaging the city water system. Other types of vandalism include stealing copper wire from under a home. Acts of criminal damage have a wide scope with wide-ranging consequences depending on the level of damage. Criminal Damage as Defined in Arizona Someone accused of criminal damage in Arizona will have to meet the qualifications for this crime, which includes the following elements: […]
March 29, 2021

Understanding Aggravated Assault Charges in Arizona

Being arrested for a crime is a truly terrifying experience. It is designed to be that way. When the authorities take you into custody, they want you to feel trapped and without recourse. They will tell you that it is in your best interest to cooperate with them, which may or may not be true depending on the situation. One of the best things you can do after an arrest is to exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. The very moment that you are brought to the interview room you can choose to ask for an attorney. This […]
March 14, 2021

What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested for White Collar Crime in Arizona

Being arrested is a harrowing and frightening experience. When you are taken into custody, you suddenly lose your freedom; and this can generate feelings of anxiety and despair. If you have never been in trouble with the law or had any dealings with law enforcement, you may not know how to respond to your arrest. If you are being arrested for a white-collar crime, the officers may treat you with some amount of gentleness or respect. During the interview, they may tell you that it’s in your best interest to cooperate with them; that the matter will be resolved much […]
February 25, 2021

Phoenix Crime Stats During the Pandemic

The Phoenix Police Department reported that violent crime increased in the first six months of 2020. The Crime Analysis and Research Unit collected data that demonstrates that the numbers of murders and aggravated assaults rose by approximately 25%. They believe that the COVID pandemic is the reason for the increase. Sargent Mercedes Fortune stated that the lockdown contributed to the rise in Phoenix’s crime stats. There aren’t as many people walking around in the streets because they have been at home during the lockdown, but assaults and murders still often happen in the home. Numbers of Crime Stats in Arizona […]
February 20, 2021

How Do I Seal My Criminal Record in Arizona?

Sealing a criminal history can be a complicated legal task in most states, and it is technically not possible in Arizona unless there are extenuating issues. Also known as in the legal profession as expunging a criminal record, Arizona law does not allow complete removal of the record in any manner except when the defendant has been completely exonerated of all charges. There are some criminal records that can be classified as being “set aside” as a criminal matter, but this still does not mean the paper record will not still exist. And there are also some types of crimes […]
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