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

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

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

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?

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

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!