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

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

Challenging an Arizona Line Up, Show Up, or Photo Array

This article is intended to help you understand how you may challenge an Arizona line up, show up or photo array. For a consultation today, please contact Howard Snader at the Snader Law Group in Phoenix, Arizona. We’ve all watched movies or television shows where an eyewitness to a crime picks an alleged offender out [...]

By | 2016-07-26T12:09:55+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Criminal Sentencing, Legal Advice|Comments Off on Challenging an Arizona Line Up, Show Up, or Photo Array

What the Prosecution Must Prove in an Aggravated Assault Case

Arizona law classifies assault as either misdemeanor assault or felony aggravated assault. Aggravated assault covers a very broad range of conduct, constituting class 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 felonies. While all charges of aggravated assault are serious felonies, the elements the State must prove in a prosecution for aggravated assault vary, depending on the [...]

By | 2016-05-23T23:07:48+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Criminal Investigations, Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on What the Prosecution Must Prove in an Aggravated Assault Case

FALSE CONFESSIONS: How Speaking to Police Can Ruin Your Life!

Why were you speaking with the police in the first place? You rarely (I mean winning the lottery rare) will convince an officer of your innocence. If you ask any attorney, the first things they say are “DON’T TALK TO POLICE” and “DON’T CONSENT TO A SEARCH.” Yet the majority of people they contact eventually [...]

By | 2016-05-19T13:00:52+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Criminal Procedure, Criminal Sentencing, Legal Advice|Comments Off on FALSE CONFESSIONS: How Speaking to Police Can Ruin Your Life!

What The Prosecution Must Prove To Get A Conviction In A Sexual Abuse Case

“Sexual abuse” is a crime in Arizona. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-1404 provides that a person commits the crime of sexual abuse by “knowingly engaging in sexual contact with any person who is fifteen or more years of age without consent of that person or with any person who is under fifteen years of age [...]

By | 2016-04-25T22:17:32+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on What The Prosecution Must Prove To Get A Conviction In A Sexual Abuse Case

Picking a Jury: Part Science, Part Art, Part Luck

What is your goal in picking a jury? Do you enter the courtroom with any type of plan? In every trial I have conducted, I have made conscious decisions on who I wanted on my panel, and just as importantly, who I didn’t want on my panel. With a plan in place, we can craft [...]

By | 2016-02-22T14:00:55+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on Picking a Jury: Part Science, Part Art, Part Luck

Sample Allocution Statement: Preparing Your Client To Address The Court At Sentencing

<h2>Sample Allocution Statement</h2> The majority of criminal cases result in a conviction for some offense. Many attorneys proceed to sentencing without really explaining the process to the client, or offering them any advice ( like a sample allocution statement) on how they should address the court. Especially in those cases where the court has a [...]

By | 2016-02-08T13:00:24+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on Sample Allocution Statement: Preparing Your Client To Address The Court At Sentencing

The Ultimate Guide to Posting a Bond in a Criminal Case

As often happens, when one is arrested, the court will impose release conditions before letting them out of jail. If the court orders the payment of a bond, the person will remain in custody until the bond is posted with the jail or court. Although the process is not overly complicated, the mechanism to post [...]

By | 2016-02-01T12:00:08+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on The Ultimate Guide to Posting a Bond in a Criminal Case

Deferred Prosecution Arizona: Want to go to jail; you’re in the right State!

Deferred Prosecution Arizona In the past couple of months, I have been inundated with people wondering why the Arizona laws are so harsh. The short answer is that our legislature has acted upon public opinion. And, politicians do not win elections standing on their soapbox saying they will be soft on crime. The end result is that penalties have become progressively more punitive. [...]

By | 2015-12-07T19:34:40+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Criminal Sentencing|Comments Off on Deferred Prosecution Arizona: Want to go to jail; you’re in the right State!