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Parole Laws in Arizona

February 21st, 2018|Sentencing|

If you are incarcerated in Arizona, then depending on your sentence, you could be eligible for parole at some point before your sentence is completed. Types of Parole in Arizona There are several different types of parole including emergency parole, commutation of sentence, absolute discharge, and regular parole. When it comes to regular parole, prisoners generally [...]

Proving Self-Defense in Arizona Courts

February 7th, 2018|Legal|

Murder is one of the most serious crimes for which you can be convicted. However, some defendants may be able to argue that they acted purely out of self-defense. Arizona is one of 20 states with a Stand Your Ground law. This law justifies the use of deadly physical force in certain situations if you [...]

What Makes Evidence Inadmissible?

January 31st, 2018|Trials|

We've all heard the phrase, "Just the facts, ma'am." What you might not know is that not all facts are admissible in court. Prosecutors and defenders need to know which facts are allowed as evidence in a case, and we spend quite a bit of time learning about the subject.  If you are facing trial, you might suddenly [...]

Jeff Sessions Cracks Down on Legal Marijuana

January 15th, 2018|Current Events, Legal|

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not been shy about his opinion of marijuana. He believes it is a dangerous drug worthy of Schedule A designation. On January 4th, the Department of Justice released a memo calling for stricter enforcement of federal marijuana prohibition. While states with some form of legal marijuana have always been [...]

Maricopa County Leads Nation in Death Penalty Statistics

December 28th, 2017|Current Events, Sentencing|

Arizona is one of 32 states where the death penalty is still legal. In fact, Maricopa County leads the country in death penalty statistics. Of the 39 death sentences that were imposed last year, Maricopa County and two other counties (Clark, NV and Riverside, CA) were responsible for almost one-third. The death penalty represents the [...]

Online Confessions of Criminal Acts

December 14th, 2017|Current Events, Legal|

Social media has become a big part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't realize that what they post on their social media accounts is public. Even private information, such as chat histories, can be uncovered if a judge approves a motion to obtain the information. A lot of people are finding [...]

Understanding Theft Charges in Arizona

November 29th, 2017|Sentencing, Theft|

Outside of DUIs, one of the most common crimes during the holidays is shoplifting. In fact, shoplifting occurs the most during November. Finances can get tight around this time of the year, and some people may be tempted to shoplift, especially if they are in a crowded store where they think that no one will [...]

Juveniles in Maricopa County Adult Jails

November 14th, 2017|Current Events, Juvenile, Sentencing|

In Maricopa County, juvenile offenders are often incarcerated in adult jails. Juveniles who are charged as adults spend time in adult facilities before they have even been convicted of a crime. Juveniles in Adult Jails In the Lower Buckeye Jail in Maricopa County, there are typically around 70 inmates that are juveniles at any given time, [...]

Arizona Self-Defense Laws and Stand Your Ground

October 31st, 2017|Legal|

While violence against another person is generally considered unlawful, there is an exception when it comes to reasonable self-defense. Self-Defense Laws in Arizona If you commit an act of violence in self-defense, then it must be deemed necessary in defending yourself. For example, if someone attacks you and you punch them, causing them to fall to the [...]