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Wrongful Convictions in the United States [Infographic]

Posted on September 26, 2017 in Crime

  How Many People Are Effected By Wrongful Convictions? Wrongful convictions are devastating events that are unfortunately not uncommon. In the United States, there have been 2,095 exonerations of innocent inmates since 1989. In that time, an average of 8.7 years were spent by each person for a crime they did not commit; in total,…
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What are the Repercussions of Disorderly Conduct?

Posted on August 31, 2017 in Crime

Every state has laws on the books aimed at maintaining peace, law, and order. It is against the law for individuals to “disturb the peace” or otherwise act as public nuisances. One of the terms most people know but may not fully understand is “disorderly conduct.” This is a catch-all term describing any disruptive behavior…
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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Posted on August 31, 2017 in Crime

Identity theft has been a major concern of the digital age since the 1990s. Once digital commerce proliferated, hackers, fraudsters, and other criminals saw an opportunity to commit serious crimes from the relative safety of a remote computer. Identity theft refers to any fraud committed by obtaining another person’s personal information and acting as that…
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How Serious an Offense Is Curfew Violation?

Posted on August 31, 2017 in Crime

Juvenile curfew laws exist to keep young people out of harm’s way and to deter them from criminal activity. Most curfew laws exist at the local level, and lawmakers determine them based on community preferences and the degree of criminal activity in the area. Local ordinances differ across the country, but most apply to individuals…
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How Dangerous Is It To Use a Fake ID in Phoenix?

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Crime,Juvenile Crimes

Using a fake identification card as a teen can seem relatively harmless – especially if “everyone is doing it” – until offenders realize the full implications of this illegal action. Using false identification for any purpose, even for an attempt at underage drinking, is a crime. Young people facing criminal charges for possessing or attempting…
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What are the Penalties for Smuggling Contraband into a Prison in Phoenix

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Crime

Prison contraband describes items the law does not allow prisoners to have while in detainment. Contraband can be almost anything, from weapons to certain types of food. Almost anything that prisoners could trade, modify, or use to escape may be something corrections professionals deem as contraband. Smuggling contraband to give to a prisoner in Arizona is…
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What Are the Repercussions for Speeding in a School Zone in Phoenix?

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Crime,Traffic Violations

School zones have strict rules for a reason. They protect young children and teens – society’s most vulnerable populations. Every year, thousands of students unknowingly put their lives at risk when they walk on sidewalks and crosswalks in Phoenix. It only takes one moment of driver distraction, carelessness, or negligence to cause serious injury or…
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How Does a Criminal Traffic Violation Differ from a Traffic Infraction?

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Crime,Traffic Violations

Traffic Infractions A majority of traffic tickets are simply infractions—that is, minor violations of traffic laws or certain mechanical problems that don’t necessarily pose an immediate danger to others. Examples of infractions include: Tailgating Driving through a stop sign Driving above the posted speed limit A non-functioning light or turn signal An infraction is a…
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How a DUI Could Affect Your International Travel Plans

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Crime,Drunk Driving

If you plan to travel abroad and you have been arrested and/or convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the United States, you should be aware that your criminal history can create unexpected problems, beyond what you may have imagined. Every country has its own regulations, which differ widely from country to country, not…
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Domestic Violence Statistics in Arizona

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Crime,Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious problem around the country, especially in Arizona. The state defines domestic violence as a criminal act of abuse that’s committed by any “family or household member.” There are many types of crimes that may be considered domestic violence offenses, as long as there is a qualifying victim. Phoenix domestic violence…
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