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Where Can You Legally Put Surveillance Cameras?

Posted on June 15, 2019 in Attorney Insights

Since the attacks in September 2001, the United States government has spent billions of dollars on security and surveillance cameras. The purpose of these cameras has been to prevent crime, while privacy advocates have created an uproar about the erosion of personal liberty. Surveillance and security cameras are also available on the public level for the same reasons; protection and security. S... Read more

Can You Really Get a DUI for Sleeping in Your Car While Intoxicated in Phoenix?

Posted on June 15, 2019 in Drunk Driving,DUI

$44 billion are spent on average every year in alcohol-related traffic accidents. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence results in a DUI in every state, but what if you never actually drive the vehicle? In several states you can get a DUI for sitting in a parked car while intoxicated. This truth surprises many people, but it is the law. In some states, like California, you may only r... Read more

What Are the Different Degrees of Sexual Assault in Phoenix, 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 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 need to... 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 in ... Read more

Can You Face Charges If You Fail to Report a Crime?

Posted on March 19, 2019 in Firm News

You may certainly face criminal charges if you commit a crime, but it is also possible for you to face criminal charges for the actions of another party if you knew of a criminal act but failed to report it. While it is generally not illegal to fail to report a crime, many states have enacted laws stating otherwise. It is almost always the best course of action to repo... Read more

Can You Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

Posted on February 26, 2019 in Drunk Driving

The police rely on field sobriety tests to identify and arrest impaired drivers, but it is vital for drivers to know their rights when it comes to a field sobriety test. It is also important to know the difference between a field sobriety test and a chemical test such as a breathalyzer. While you may have legal grounds to refuse a standard field sobriety test, you cannot refuse ... Read more

Differences Between Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges

Posted on February 26, 2019 in Drugs

Both misdemeanor and felony drug charges carry significant penalties in Arizona, and knowing which type you may face can help you better prepare for the legal issues following a drug-related arrest. Depending on the type of substance, the amount discovered at the time of arrest, and the other elements involved in the arrest, a drug arrest can lead to various possible penalties. The arrested ind... Read more