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Prison Impact on Minors

April 4th, 2018|Juvenile, Sentencing|

We’ve discussed why minors can benefit more from rehabilitation versus juvenile correction centers. This blog covers the physical, social, and psychological impact of juvenile offenders who are sentenced to adult prisons specifically. Currently 10,000 minors are in adult prisons. Sexual Abuse The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 reveals that “children are five times more [...]

False Domestic Violence Charges as Custody Tactics

March 23rd, 2018|Juvenile, Legal|

Divorces can often get messy, especially if a child is involved and there are disagreements over custody on both sides. Unfortunately, things can get very ugly, to the point where one side may use unethical tactics in order to gain custody of their child, such as making false claims of abuse. Protection From Abuse Orders [...]

Rehabilitation for Juvenile Offenders

March 3rd, 2018|Juvenile|

Juvenile offenders are still young and can still be reformed. However, this is made more difficult when they are forced to "rehabilitate" in an adult system instead of in the juvenile system, which happens when they are prosecuted as adults. Juvenile Offenders Prosecuted as Adults Juvenile offenders are more likely to turn into hardened criminals [...]

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 [...]