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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

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

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