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What Happens When A Domestic Violence Victim Doesn’t Want To Press Charges

Posted on May 14, 2021 in Domestic Violence

Arizona courts take domestic violence allegations seriously. The consequences of a domestic violence charge can be severe. In many cases, Phoenix courts issue restraining orders to protect victims of domestic abuse. However, victims may not want to press charges, even after calling the police for help or petitioning for an order of protection. The victim…
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Can I Shoot Someone in Arizona Who is Trying to Steal My Car?

Posted on May 8, 2021 in Arizona Law

Arizona has self-defense laws that permit you to use force to defend yourself. In some cases, you can even use deadly force to defend yourself. However, the action you can take depends on the circumstances. Your use of deadly force to stop someone from stealing your car may not justify self-defense. Gun owners in Arizona…
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Thousands of Arizona Inmates Detained Beyond Release Date Thanks to Software Error

Posted on February 23, 2021 in Arizona News

Whistleblowers with the Arizona Department of Corrections talked to KJZZ about inmates in prison that should be out under a new law for some non-violent drug offenders. According to the whistleblowers, a known software error caused the problem. Employees have repeatedly reported the problem internally for over a year, but prison administrators have failed to…
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Phoenix Gun Laws

Posted on February 10, 2021 in Crime

The right to own a gun is guaranteed under the United States Constitution and its amendments. Arizona recognizes gun rights and has laws to protect gun owners’ rights in Phoenix and throughout the state. However, the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment does not cover illegal activities related to guns and firearms. It…
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Can You Be Prosecuted for Causing Someone’s Suicide in Phoenix

Posted on February 9, 2021 in Crime

Thousands of people commit suicide each year in the United States. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death. During 2018, the rate of suicide was more than two and a half times the homicide rate.  In most cases, a person commits suicide alone. However, there are cases in which another person could assist…
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Is It Legal for Minors to Be Nude Over FaceTime or Skype?

Posted on January 31, 2021 in Sex Crimes

The availability of technology for teenagers has given rise to new internet criminal sex acts. Whether it is via Facetime, Skype, text messages, or other forms of electronic communications, minors can find themselves in dangerous situations with other minors or adults.  Understanding Arizona’s sexting laws is important for minors and their parents. What is Sexting?…
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A Breakdown of AZ Stalking Laws

Posted on January 19, 2021 in Sex Crimes

The changes to Arizona’s stalking laws in 2016 broadened the definition of stalking. The previous stalking law only applied to the person being stalked and the person’s immediate family members. The new law extends the protection to the person’s property and other individuals in a person’s life. Let’s look at the Arizona stalking statute in…
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Is It Illegal to Have Sex in a Car?

Posted on December 1, 2020 in Arizona Law

A common question people ask criminal defense lawyers is whether it is illegal to have sex in a car. As criminal lawyers, we do not make personal or moral judgments regarding questions like these. However, we do give honest, direct answers. It can be difficult to get privacy sometimes. However, if you want to avoid…
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How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay on Your Record?

Posted on November 27, 2020 in Criminal Defense

In addition to jail time and possible fines, one of the most painful parts of a misdemeanor conviction is the fact that it stains your “record.” Having even a simple misdemeanor on your criminal record can haunt you for years as you apply for job and housing opportunities. In many states, if a person convicted…
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What is a Subpoena?

Posted on November 25, 2020 in Criminal Defense

In various types of court cases, whether it be civil, criminal, or family law, it is sometimes necessary to compel a person to either attend a hearing or trial as a witness or to submit documents relevant to the case. Obviously, this can sometimes prove difficult if the individual in question doesn’t want to do…
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