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

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

4 Serious Consequences Related to Aggravated Assault in Arizona

Aggravated assault is undoubtedly a serious felony charge that renders harsh sentencing if convicted in the state of Arizona. Before examining the litany of consequences, it is first necessary to understand how aggravated assault is defined and determined. A common misconception is that it is classified by a specific type of assault. Assault is defined [...]

By | 2016-11-03T12:19:56+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Assault|Comments Off on 4 Serious Consequences Related to Aggravated Assault in Arizona

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic violence isn’t just something that occurs at home when there’s a fight. You can be brought up on domestic violence charges for something that happens at work too. Remember, “domestic violence” is not a crime. It is an allegation or enhancement to a criminal act, such as assault or intimidation. It creates a much more [...]

By | 2016-10-20T09:36:49+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Criminal FAQs and False Assumptions

FALSE ASSUMPTIONS IN CRIMINAL LAW In my 26 years of successfully defending thousands of people prosecuted for all types of misdemeanors and felonies, I have been long troubled by several false assumptions many people have about Arizona’s criminal laws. In this article, I will try to address some common questions of concern.   YOU CAN [...]

By | 2016-10-07T05:18:35+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Legal Advice|Comments Off on Criminal FAQs and False Assumptions

Drug Possession and Factors Impacting Sentencing

If you’re facing a drug possession charge, you are probably wondering what the consequences might be, which vary widely from state to state. Here is an overview of what a drug possession charge means and what factors may impact sentencing. Drug Possession Drug possession is a crime in both federal and state law. Possession laws [...]

By | 2016-09-15T09:17:39+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Possession/Paraphernalia Charges|Comments Off on Drug Possession and Factors Impacting Sentencing

Does Domestic Violence Impact Children?

An accusation of domestic violence can turn your world upside down for everyone in your family. If you’re in a dispute or a divorce process with your spouse or co-parent, and you are accused of domestic violence, the impacts to your children can also be significant. Your immediate access to your family home will be [...]

By | 2016-09-01T09:10:40+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Collateral Damage After a Conviction|Comments Off on Does Domestic Violence Impact Children?

How to Fight an Extreme DUI in Arizona

Many people don’t realize that Arizona is unique in its DUI laws. There is a special category of offense called an “extreme DUI” which impacts drivers who are driving with a blood alcohol level of between 0.15% and 0.20%. A measurement of over 0.20% will lead to a charge of a “super extreme DUI”. These [...]

By | 2016-08-18T08:04:59+00:00 August 18th, 2016|DUI, Legal Advice|Comments Off on How to Fight an Extreme DUI in Arizona

Simple Drug Possession Paraphernalia Charges

“Simple possession” is a charge involving possession for personal use, as compared with possession for the purpose of sale or manufacture. Everyone knows that a drug and a paraphernalia charge have consequences, but many times knowing exactly what those consequences will be is very difficult. Possessing a controlled dangerous or narcotic substance, or the paraphernalia [...]

By | 2017-11-20T17:58:47+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Legal Advice, Possession/Paraphernalia Charges|Comments Off on Simple Drug Possession Paraphernalia Charges

When is Domestic Violence a Felony?

Domestic violence is a difficult but important issue. Due to a number of high-profile cases, especially in sports, domestic violence has been getting more attention than ever. Crimes of domestic violence are highly visible and often criminally enforced. In cases involving strangulation or serious physical injury, the consequences of domestic violence can be serious for [...]

By | 2016-07-21T09:31:54+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on When is Domestic Violence a Felony?