Every time u turn around my fiance charges change court papers say "DANGEROUS DRUG" POSS & SELLS, my arrest online charge went from SYNTHETIC DRUG MANUFACTURER OR SELL and the open access updated website says TRANSPORTATION DANGEROUS DRUG FOR SELL..
When the police write their report (the "departmental report" or DR) for a felony case, they submit the paperwork to the prosecutor and they will suggest certain charges be filed. This is known as a "long form" submittal. Once the prosecutor receives the long form submittal, he will then make a...Read more »
As you are probably already aware, violation of Arizona's open container law (A.R.S. 4-251) is a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $750 and up to 4 months in jail. As a practical matter, I have not seen a violation of the open container law result in jail time, but it is...Read more »
When you are convicted of a felony in Arizona, some of your civil liberties will be suspended. You will lose your right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to serve as a juror, and, yes, the right to possess a gun. A felony conviction may also prevent a person from obtaining...Read more »
As a question of criminal justice philosophy, your point is well taken. Many legal scholars argue that the massive disparities between what a criminal defendant would be sentenced to if he pled guilty to an offense versus if he went to trial create a constitutional problem. My former criminal law...Read more »
The Arizona law that criminalizes possession of marijuana in Arizona is A.R.S. 13-3405. If you are charged with simple possession of marijuana it can be either a class 6 or up to a class 4 felony depending on the amount of marijuana that you possessed. For example, anything less than 2 pounds is...Read more »
A new female assistant principal started to work at my charter school. She suddenly and abruptly comes to my class, or will raise her voice at .e in front of my class. Last week she observed my class in order to grade me. This in turn, is used to see if my employment contract gets renewed the... Read more »
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Arizona and Federal employment discrimination laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of certain protected classes, such as age, sex, race, and national origin. If an employer discriminates against you because of your membership in one of these protected...Read more »
A half dozen cars were turning left into the mall. One took aim at the front of my truck and kept smashing through until her entire side was damaged, instead of stopping on impact. Two teen girls were watching. My truck was not drive-able. She pulled over 200 feet into the mall lot and never got... Read more »
There is no legal mechanism for an individual to initiate criminal charges. In this sense, there is no such thing as "pressing charges." A victim may only agree to cooperate with the law enforcement agency. For charges to be initiated you would have to convince the police to file a report and...Read more »
I was convicted of theft and tariffing I was given 2 case 6 felonies,18 month probation, and 900.00 fine. At the time I should have been offered a PRETIAL FELONY DIVERSION PROGROM. I qualify for the requirements. My question is do I have a chance at another hearing, what step do I take to get this... Read more »
It is ultimately up to the prosecuting agency to determine what type of plea offer to grant to a defendant. This is a matter of policy by the prosecutor's office. Arizona courts have long held that "[c]riminal defendants have no constitutional right to a plea agreement and the State is not...Read more »
• What is your day to day as a criminal defense attorney?
A defense attorney's day includes going to court (usually in mornings, unless there is a hearing or trial scheduled for the afternoon), talking with clients, conducting research on a case, and writing motions.
Whether a defendant should plead guilty to a charge depends upon a variety of factors. First, a defendant can only plead guilty if they are able to lay a factual basis for the plea. In other words, the defendant needs to be guilty of the charges and admit in court the underlying facts that would...Read more »
Although severance pay is not required by law in Arizona, employers will sometimes offer a severance package when they are terminating an employee. Employers can offer a severance package out of the goodness of their hearts to soften the blow of an involuntary termination, but the main legal...Read more »
In Arizona, any criminal case--whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony--may be dismissed either with or without prejudice. What do these terms mean? Dismissal without prejudice means that the case is dismissed for the time being, but the state may refile the charges at a later time. You will...Read more »
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