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

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

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

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

What to Expect at a Felony Jury Trial

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 [...]

By | 2016-11-29T20:47:00+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on What to Expect at a Felony Jury Trial

Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

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 [...]

By | 2016-11-21T18:07:09+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Helps When a Loved One Is Arrested

  If your spouse, child, or another person you are close to is arrested, he or she will need your help. If you receive a telephone call from a loved one, telling you he or she has been arrested, resist the impulse to ask about the details on the telephone. The call could be from [...]

By | 2016-10-21T14:08:46+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Criminal Procedure, Legal Advice|Comments Off on Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Helps When a Loved One Is Arrested

Factors to Consider When Deciding Whether to Testify at Your Trial

The Three C’s - Credibility, Composure, and Convincing You’re being tried for a serious criminal offense and you know that under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution it’s your decision whether to testify or not. Deciding whether to testify is a critical and strategic decision that might have significant long term life altering [...]

By | 2016-09-23T15:56:42+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Criminal Procedure, Criminal Sentencing, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Factors to Consider When Deciding Whether to Testify at Your Trial

What the Prosecution Must Prove in a Rape (Sexual Assault) Case

  Arizona law, which formerly classified the crime of rape into first degree rape and second degree rape, now uses different nomenclature. The conduct previously labeled as “rape” is now called “sexual assault.” However, even with the name change, the crime remains a serious felony, and if convicted, punishment can be severe. Pursuant to Arizona [...]

By | 2016-08-16T13:10:49+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Criminal Investigations, Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on What the Prosecution Must Prove in a Rape (Sexual Assault) Case