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WORDS MATTER: Common Terms in Criminal Law

Posted on September 27th, 2017

In my other life, I have been a sports official in multiple sports for more than 30 years. I am always amazed at fans, commentators, players and coaches that misuse words. A couple of common examples are “foul tip back to the screen” in baseball or “over the back” in a basketball game.  There is no such thing as a… READ MORE

THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GET EVEN: ARIZONA’S NEW REVENGE PORN LAW

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Arizona’s first attempt at a “Revenge Porn” law was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court.  It took awhile, but our wonderful legislature went back to the drawing board and crafted a new version. The New Law Arizona Revised Statute §13-1425 makes it a crime to intentionally disclose an identifiable image of another person that: Depicts that person nude or engaged… READ MORE

HOW MUCH TIME AM I GOING TO GET?: ARIZONA’S SENTENCING LAWS IN A NUTSHELL

Posted on June 29th, 2017

In Arizona, after one is convicted of a criminal offense, the judge will sentence you. The range of sentencing will depend on the type of offense involved. As a criminal defense attorney, we actually have books devoted to sentencing.  Sentencing can be complicated.  Please consider the following information as general information only; your situation may be different. MISDEMEANORS Normally prosecuted… READ MORE

You Just Got Sentenced. Now What? Part 2: The Post Conviction Relief (PCR) Process

Posted on May 9th, 2017

In Arizona, there are two basic means of challenging your conviction: Appeal and Post Conviction Relief (PCR). Each is governed by its own set of rules and limitations. And, in this brief article, there is no way possible to summarize the scope and challenges of what needs to be done. However, hopefully the following information will be helpful in pointing… READ MORE

When the Clock Runs: Time limits for criminal cases

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Several times a week, I am contacted and asked questions about whether a case can be prosecuted or how long the criminal process take.  Time limits are specifically set out in our statutes and court rules. I hope the following information can at least provide you some quick answers. UPON ARREST The person arrested must be brought before the judge… READ MORE

You Just Got Sentenced. Now What? Part 1: The Appeal Process

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

In Arizona, there are two basic means of challenging your conviction: Appeal and Post Conviction Relief. This article will address the appeal process. And, in this brief article, there is no way possible to summarize the scope and challenges of what needs to be done. However, hopefully the following information will be helpful in pointing you to your next step.… READ MORE

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

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