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

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

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

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

Domestic Violence Charges have YOU Down? Here’s What To Do

Sometimes disputes can get a little (or a lot) out of hand. Other times, there was never a dispute to begin with. Stories can be spun in every which way to place you in a false light. So, what exactly should you do if your "dispute" turns into a domestic violence charge? Read on to [...]

By | 2016-06-02T15:00:26+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Domestic Violence Charges have YOU Down? Here’s What To Do

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!

Domestic Violence – A Belated Valentine’s Day Gift

Every day, I am contacted by someone charged with, or recently arrested for domestic violence. Arrests for DV crimes always increase around the holidays, especially Valentine’s Day. Crimes involving domestic violence are one of a handful of select criminal acts that are politically charged and closely followed by advocate groups. As a result, many police [...]

By | 2016-04-11T13:30:21+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Domestic Violence – A Belated Valentine’s Day Gift

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor: A Basic Insight

Simply stated, sexual exploitation of a minor – commonly referred to as child pornography – is one of the most substantial felonies one can commit in Arizona. As set forth in ARS 13-3553, mere possession of any visual depiction of a minor engaged in any exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct is a class two [...]

By | 2016-03-14T11:00:19+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Criminal Procedure|Comments Off on Sexual Exploitation of a Minor: A Basic Insight

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