WORDS MATTER: Common Terms in Criminal Law

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-27T15:15:14+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Criminal Investigations, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on WORDS MATTER: Common Terms in Criminal Law

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-31T18:26:24+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Legal Advice|Comments Off on THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GET EVEN: ARIZONA’S NEW REVENGE PORN LAW

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-29T19:44:41+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Sentencing|Comments Off on HOW MUCH TIME AM I GOING TO GET?: ARIZONA’S SENTENCING LAWS IN A NUTSHELL

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-09T22:36:51+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on You Just Got Sentenced. Now What? Part 2: The Post Conviction Relief (PCR) Process

When the Clock Runs: Time limits for criminal cases

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-04T20:16:50+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Criminal Investigations|Comments Off on When the Clock Runs: Time limits for criminal cases

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-02T22:35:47+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on You Just Got Sentenced. Now What? Part 1: The Appeal Process

Just When You Thought It Was Over: Collateral Consequences Of Your Criminal Conviction

“My attorney didn’t tell me that I would lose my fingerprint card!” “I didn’t know probation would not let me keep my job or travel.” “I can’t believe probation, won’t let me move back home.” “You mean I lost my license for at least 3 years!”   These questions and many others are always troubling [...]

By | 2017-02-01T19:48:44+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Collateral Damage After a Conviction|Comments Off on Just When You Thought It Was Over: Collateral Consequences Of Your Criminal Conviction

Long-Term Consequences of a Felony Conviction

  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, [...]

By | 2017-01-10T20:55:18+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on Long-Term Consequences of a Felony Conviction

Why Criminal Pretrial Procedures Can Be Crucial

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-10T20:40:46+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on Why Criminal Pretrial Procedures Can Be Crucial

PROHIBITED POSSESSION: WHAT MAKES GUN OWNERSHIP ILLEGAL

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, [...]

By | 2017-01-05T09:00:08+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Possession/Paraphernalia Charges|Comments Off on PROHIBITED POSSESSION: WHAT MAKES GUN OWNERSHIP ILLEGAL