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

THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GET EVEN: ARIZONA’S NEW REVENGE PORN LAW

Arizona’s first attempt at a “Revenge Porn” law was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court.  It took awhile, but our wonderful legislature went back to the drawing board and crafted a new version. The New Law Arizona Revised Statute §13-1425 makes it a crime to intentionally disclose an identifiable image of another person that: Depicts [...]

By | 2017-07-31T18:26:24+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Legal Advice|Comments Off on THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GET EVEN: ARIZONA’S NEW REVENGE PORN 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

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

PROHIBITED POSSESSION: WHAT MAKES GUN OWNERSHIP ILLEGAL

In the last 6 months, I have been contacted and retained on several cases where my clients are facing prosecution for misconduct involving weapons.  In the majority of these cases, the misconduct involves my client being prohibited to possess a gun because of their prior felony conviction, or worse, because they are currently on probation, [...]

By | 2017-01-05T09:00:08+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Possession/Paraphernalia Charges|Comments Off on PROHIBITED POSSESSION: WHAT MAKES GUN OWNERSHIP ILLEGAL

Aggravated Assault and Arizona Law

If you’re facing an aggravated assault charge in Arizona, prepare yourself for a tough road ahead. In Arizona, aggravated assault is always a felony resulting in prison sentencing and fines upwards of $150,000 plus an 83% surcharge. Additionally, you’ll face challenges financially, professionally, and personally for many, many years. What is Aggravated Assault? Assault is [...]

By | 2016-11-10T16:30:48+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Assault|Comments Off on Aggravated Assault and Arizona Law

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