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March 2018 Archives

Execution of field sobriety tests can be flawed

Getting stopped on suspicion of drunk driving can be a stressful experience for a Mesa resident. Upon being confronted by a law enforcement official, an individual may be asked to get out of their vehicle and to submit to physical tests that may, if failed, give the law enforcement official evidence of the individual's alleged intoxication. However, tests, often called field sobriety tests, can be problematic when they are improperly executed.

What you should know about bad plea deals

Sometimes a defendant will opt for a plea bargain instead of going before a judge for a trial. In a plea bargain, the alleged offender pleads guilty and thus receives a lesser sentence than he or she would have received if convicted at trial. There are several issues with this process, and often a defendant can find him or herself dealing with the consequences of a bad plea deal. 

What is probable cause?

Ask any Arizona parent if they can tell when their child is up to no good and they will probably say "yes". Parents tend to have a sixth sense when it comes to their children's behavior and for the most part the hunches and suspicions they harbor are generally spot-on. A parent can base punishments and consequences on the bad actions they find out their kids have committed when the parents act on their hunches.

3 things to know about assault with a deadly weapon

In Arizona, the law defines assault as any action meant to cause another harm or causing a person to reasonably believe physical harm was imminent. While assault charges are bad enough on their own, someone in possession of a weapon can face more serious consequences for assault with a deadly weapon

Aggravated circumstances can elevate sentencing of rape charges

Sexual assault and rape are serious criminal charges in Arizona. Any reader who is facing these significant violent crimes should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss their legal options for preparing a case-specific defense strategy. This post will briefly introduce several factors that may elevate the sentencing of a rape or sexual assault conviction but readers are reminded that the information contained herein is not legal advice.

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