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Long-Term Consequences of a Felony Conviction

Posted on January 10th, 2017

  Many people convicted of a felony say, “If I do not go to jail, everything is okay.”  However, a felony conviction carries consequence beyond prison time. The negative consequences of a felony conviction include those that are intended to be implemented by law. For example, losing the right to vote, no possession of firearms, prohibition of practicing certain trades… READ MORE

Why Criminal Pretrial Procedures Can Be Crucial

Posted on January 10th, 2017

Most criminal cases do not go to trial, but are resolved through plea bargains. Criminal pretrial procedures, the events that occur after arrest and before trial, often determine if a case goes to trial and what type of plea bargain the state will offer. The Arrest The first step in criminal pretrial procedures is an arrest or notice that charges have… READ MORE

PROHIBITED POSSESSION: WHAT MAKES GUN OWNERSHIP ILLEGAL

Posted on January 5th, 2017

In the last 6 months, I have been contacted and retained on several cases where my clients are facing prosecution for misconduct involving weapons.  In the majority of these cases, the misconduct involves my client being prohibited to possess a gun because of their prior felony conviction, or worse, because they are currently on probation, and the court had not… READ MORE

What to Expect at a Felony Jury Trial

Posted on November 29th, 2016

If you have been charged with a felony and cannot reach a plea agreement with the district attorney, the next step is a felony jury trial. In Arizona, the defendant has a right to a jury trial.  With the agreement of the prosecution, the defendant also has the right to waive a jury and be tried by a judge (a… READ MORE

Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

Posted on November 21st, 2016

You have the right to represent yourself in a criminal case unless the court finds you are mentally incompetent. However, having the right to do something does not mean that it is a smart thing to do. The benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney are incalculable. A criminal defense attorney will assist you from the beginning of the ordeal… READ MORE

Aggravated Assault and Arizona Law

Posted on November 10th, 2016

If you’re facing an aggravated assault charge in Arizona, prepare yourself for a tough road ahead. In Arizona, aggravated assault is always a felony resulting in prison sentencing and fines upwards of $150,000 plus an 83% surcharge. Additionally, you’ll face challenges financially, professionally, and personally for many, many years. What is Aggravated Assault? Assault is defined as “the crime of… READ MORE

Arizona Prostitution Is Not A Sex Crime

Posted on November 7th, 2016

It really is hard to believe.  Arizona prostitution/solicitation is not actually a “sex” crime.  It obviously involves a sex act for an exchange of something of value (usually money), but prostitution does not fall within the heinous scope of Arizona’s sex crimes. Generally speaking, crimes involving sexual offenses fall within the scope of Title 13, Chapter 14 of the Arizona… READ MORE

4 Serious Consequences Related to Aggravated Assault in Arizona

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

Aggravated assault is undoubtedly a serious felony charge that renders harsh sentencing if convicted in the state of Arizona. Before examining the litany of consequences, it is first necessary to understand how aggravated assault is defined and determined. A common misconception is that it is classified by a specific type of assault. Assault is defined as “the crime of attempting… READ MORE

Do’s and Don’ts When Police Are At the Door

Posted on October 28th, 2016

  With police at the door, knowledge of your legal rights and good judgment can help you through the situation. The first rule is to listen. The police may be looking for information that has nothing to do with you or the police may be warning the neighborhood concerning a threat in the area. Some people have the practice of… READ MORE

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