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Miranda Rights: What Happens If the Police Don’t Read You Your Rights in Phoenix?

Posted on November 23, 2022 in Criminal Defense

Most people have heard of Miranda Rights, but few know exactly what they are or why they exist. In short, Miranda Rights are a set of warnings that must be given to criminal suspects prior to interrogations by law enforcement. The goal of Miranda Rights is to protect people from self-incrimination by ensuring that they…
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What Are the Safest and Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Phoenix?

Posted on September 22, 2022 in Criminal Defense

Like most big cities in the United States, crime is an issue in Phoenix, Arizona. Whether it’s violent crimes like murder and sexual assault or property crimes such as vandalism and theft, there’s no denying that Phoenix sees its share of criminal activity. If you’re looking to visit or relocate to Phoenix, you’ll no doubt…
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Your Rights When You Are Detained: Do You Really Get a Phone Call?

Posted on September 21, 2022 in Criminal Defense

You’ve probably seen it a million times on TV or in movies: someone has been taken in by police and demands their phone call. But is this really a right? What are your other rights if you are taken in by the police? Understanding your rights is an important initial step in your criminal defense,…
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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 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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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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Top 6 Telltale Signs You Hired a Bad Lawyer And How to Avoid it in the Future

Posted on January 28, 2022 in Criminal Defense

If you think that you have hired a bad lawyer, it is important to take action as early in your case as possible. The earlier in your case you try to change lawyers, the smoother it will go with the court. Whether you’re facing charges for DUI, theft, or any other criminal offense, your choice…
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Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case

Posted on January 20, 2022 in Criminal Defense

In this blog, criminal defense lawyer Craig Orent breaks down attorney-client privilege, what it means, and how it can affect your case. In Arizona, attorney-client confidentiality and attorney-client privilege are related concepts. People use these terms interchangeably. There are actually important differences between confidentiality and privilege that you should understand. While attorney-client privilege is technically…
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