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What Are the Different Degrees of Sexual Assault in Arizona?

Posted on May 14, 2019 in Sex Crimes

Sexual assault is a serious crime under Arizona law. If someone receives a charge for sexual assault, he or she will not only face jail sentences and fines, the accused could also suffer damage to their reputation and personal affairs for the rest of his or her life. Under Arizona state law, the courts define sexual assault crimes based on their severity. Each degree of sexual assault involves ... Read more

Is It Legal to Shoot an Intruder?

Posted on May 13, 2019 in Attorney Insights

In your Phoenix home, you expect a certain level of safety, security, and comfort. However, if you face an intruder breaking into your home in the middle of the night, what can you do to defend yourself? Can you legally shoot an intruder in self-defense in the state of Arizona, or will you receive a criminal charge for assault or murder? You have legal protections for self-defense, but you will... Read more

When Does Defending Yourself Become Assault?

Posted on April 23, 2019 in Assault

Generally, every individual has the right to self-defense in the face of an imminent threat of physical harm from another person. Every state has different self-defense laws, and it is essential for everyone to know their states’ laws when it comes to appropriate self-defense, types of self-defense, and what kind of defense is appropriate in a given situation.

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How Do You Defend Against a False Rape Charge?

Posted on April 23, 2019 in Sex Crimes

Rape and sexual assault are very sensitive subjects in the American court of public opinion and state prosecutors across the country tend to prosecute these cases very aggressively. Unfortunately, physical evidence may be minimal in such a claim, and investigators may face an issue of “he said, she said,” unable to discern the truth of the matter. Prosecutors inherently tend to side with accuse... Read more

Why Can Insanity Be Used as a Defense in Court?

Posted on March 19, 2019 in Firm News

Many Americans may know that insanity can be a viable defense against some criminal charges, but media portrayals of these situations may skew their ideas of how this legal statute actually works. The insanity defense has roots in British law reaching back to 1581, when the court stated that a “madman or lunatic” could not be held accountable for actions taken when... Read more