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Exigent Circumstances: What Are They and How Do They Allow Police to Search and Seize Without a Warrant?

Posted on July 14, 2022 in Criminal Defense

Did you know police officers can enter your home without a search warrant? The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Arizona State Constitution protect individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, there are exceptions to the general rule that requires law enforcement officers to have a search warrant to enter your home….
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What Is the Most Likely Outcome for Felony 5 Drug Possession in Arizona?

Posted on July 14, 2022 in Drug Crimes

The outcome for a conviction of Felony 5 drug possession in Arizona depends on several factors. First, Arizona has a sentencing chart for felony convictions. That chart impacts how much time you spend in prison for drug possession. The type and amount of drug you possess could impact whether you serve time. In addition, Arizona…
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What to do After Being Arrested in Phoenix?

Posted on June 22, 2022 in Criminal Defense

Being arrested for an alleged crime can be one of the most stressful things in your life. In the blink of an eye, you can go from being a free person to being restrained in handcuffs, taken from your regular life, and confined in a jail cell. Many people feel confused, helpless, and terrified. And…
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False Domestic Violence Allegations: How You Can Avoid Wrongful Allegations in Arizona

Posted on June 15, 2022 in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious crime that deeply impacts all members of a family. False allegations of domestic violence can be just as devastating. A recent national survey showed that 17% of respondents had been falsely accused of domestic violence. The implications of a domestic violence charge are far-reaching. Someone who is convicted of the…
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How to Prove Your Innocence When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault in Phoenix

Posted on April 20, 2022 in Sex Crimes

It is relatively easy for someone to falsely accuse you of a sexual assault. Unfortunately, these types of charges and accusations can be difficult to disprove. Oftentimes these cases are classic, “he said, she said,” situations where there are no witnesses of the events that took place and no easy way to determine exactly what…
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What Does “Motion For Discovery” Actually Mean in a Docket Entry?

Posted on April 13, 2022 in Criminal Defense

You may see an entry on the criminal court docket for a “Motion for Discovery” in your case. Your criminal lawyer generally handles filing these motions as part of your defense against criminal charges. A motion to obtain discovery is a valuable tool for a criminal defense lawyer to use to collect evidence for your…
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How Does Parole Work in Arizona?

Posted on April 6, 2022 in Criminal Defense

The rules for parole differ by state. Generally, parole is the conditional release of an inmate before the end of their sentence. If approved for parole, the inmate will spend the rest of their sentence outside of prison but under community supervision. If the parolee violates any terms of their parole, the court may revoke…
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How to Visit an Inmate at the Estrella Jail

Posted on March 29, 2022 in Criminal Defense

If you have a friend or loved one doing time at the Estrella jail in Phoenix, you may want to schedule a visit to keep in touch. Visitors should be aware that Estrella Jail only offers video visitation if the visit is legal in nature.  Visiting a jail can seem daunting, especially if it’s your…
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Arizona Gun Laws Overview

Posted on March 16, 2022 in Weapons Charges

Arizona gun laws protect the rights of gun owners throughout the state. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. Even though federal and state laws recognize the right to own firearms, they do not protect people who misuse guns or break weapons laws in Arizona. Therefore, gun…
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4 Defenses to Statutory Rape

Posted on March 15, 2022 in Sex Crimes

Statutory rape is a serious criminal charge in Arizona. Arizona Revised Statute §13-1405 defines sexual conduct with a minor as knowingly or intentionally engaging in oral sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age.  Note that the statute does not require the act to include force or violence. Therefore, you…
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