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
Seal My Criminal Record

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 […]
January 27, 2021
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How Can Medical Professionals Be Affected by a DUI Charge?

Being charged with DUI is a serious matter. The consequences that could follow a conviction are numerous and potentially severe. A DUI charge can lead to the loss of personal freedom, can wreak havoc on finances, can result in losing a driver’s license, and more. Now, even that likely sounds pretty serious, but for medical professionals, it can be much worse. Not only do medical professionals have to worry about all of the regular consequences that might follow a DUI conviction, but their professional lives could be impacted as well. Medical professionals who are charged with DUI have a lot […]
January 18, 2021

What to Do and What to Expect and Possible Charges

DUIs are taken very seriously in the state of Arizona. If you are arrested for this offence, then you’re in trouble and must treat the matter with some urgency. If you face a second or third DUI charge, the stakes are even higher. You will need the help of an experienced DUI attorney if you are to get the best possible outcome. What to do After Your Arrest Being stopped on suspicion of DUI is bad enough. You should politely refuse to perform any field sobriety tests or the HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) eye test.  You should not answer any […]
December 28, 2020

Juvenile Criminal Cases and Court System in Arizona

Juvenile Court is a separate division of the Superior Court.  It is responsible for hearing cases concerning juvenile delinquency, dependencies, termination of parental rights, adoptions, emancipation, and any other related matters. Despite the fact that most Juvenile Delinquency matters involve crimes committed by minors, they are taken seriously, just like any other case. That’s why it is important to hire an experienced juvenile attorney to handle the case. Arizona Juvenile Court Process The organization and process of a juvenile court system are somewhat different from that of the adult system. For instance, when an offence is committed, juveniles or minors […]
December 18, 2020

Know Your Rights With Vehicle Searches in Arizona

People are protected from unlawful searches and seizure of their assets under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Any type of illegal seizure of assets could negatively impact a person financially. Any type of unlawful vehicle search would violate a person’s right to privacy. Automobile Exception This is connected to the Fourth Amendment and provides drivers with less of an expectation for privacy in their automobile when compared to their residence. Law enforcement in Arizona is still not permitted to search each vehicle they stop for a traffic violation. They must be able to establish probable cause. However, […]
December 10, 2020

How Do You Know If You Are Under Criminal Investigation?

While contact from a police officer does not always mean you are under investigation for violating the law, there are times when you should be prepared for.  As a criminal attorney explains, there may be ways to know if you are under criminal investigation. Commission of a Crime Before explaining how a criminal investigation takes place, it is important for you to understand the types of crimes you could be charged with in Arizona. A misdemeanor is usually a lesser crime and punishable by up to six months in county jail. These cases are normally handled by lower courts. Felonies […]
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