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When Should I Call the Police During a Domestic Dispute?

Posted in Domestic Violence on January 17, 2019

Fights between significant others are common. However, some domestic disputes can turn violent and abusive. In these situations, calling the police to home is necessary to protect a person’s life and the lives of his or her children. Unfortunately, some people can misuse police services for domestic violence. If you have been accused of domestic… read more

10 Odd Laws in Arizona You Should Know

Posted in Laws on January 12, 2019

Law evolves over time as society changes. However, some strange laws still remain on the books in many places, including Arizona. While not all remain enforced, a few of these unexpected regulations can leave you wondering how lawmakers passed them in the first place. Here are some of the most unusual rules in Arizona state,… read more

What Happens If You Don’t Go to Jury Duty?

Posted in General on January 4, 2019

If you are a resident of Arizona between the ages of 18 and 75, you could receive a request for jury duty. When you receive a jury summons, do not ignore it. Under Arizona and federal law, you must appear for jury duty unless you submit an acceptable excuse. Not appearing for jury duty can… read more

When Are the Police Allowed to Search My Belongings?

Posted in General,Search and Seizure on December 28, 2018

The fourth amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches of personal property by police. The word reasonable, however, means this search is open to some interpretation. The fourth amendment does make clear that police need written permission to search a person’s belongings if they are investigating him or her of a crime. If the person does… read more

Arizona Gun Laws You Should Know

Posted in Gun Crimes on December 13, 2018

Arizona gun laws are much less stringent than in most other states in the country. State law allows anyone over 18 to open carry, and anyone over 21 can conceal a weapon without a permit. Despite the permissiveness of AZ’s gun law, the constant conversation around gun safety means that law also evolves. If you… read more

What is Considered Indecent Exposure in Arizona?

Posted in General on December 11, 2018

Indecent exposure is a serious offense in the United States as well as in Arizona. Several key factors determine the seriousness of an indecent exposure conviction, including whether the event was reckless in nature, the location where it happened, and the age of the victim. An exposure that is accidental in nature is different than… read more

How Can I Get My Criminal Records Sealed in Arizona?

Posted in General on December 6, 2018

To have the courts seal a criminal record in Arizona, defendants must seek a set-aside judgment. For individuals living with a criminal record, the thought of having that record sealed or expunged is likely a lifetime goal with the potential to open up countless opportunities. However, Arizona does not have a program in place for… read more

What is the Minimum Sentence for Aggravated Assault in Arizona?

Posted in Assault on November 13, 2018

Every year, law enforcement officers arrest thousands of Arizona residents on assault charges. These incidents range from fights that get out of hand to attacks involving deadly weapons. Assault charges also range in severity, from misdemeanors to felonies. Sometimes, the courts deem an assault charge as aggravated assault, bringing with it a new set of… read more

How Does Arizona Distinguish Between Drug Dealers and Drug Users?

Posted in Drug Crimes on November 3, 2018

Illegal substance abuse exists everywhere in the United States, Arizona included. Thousands of Arizona residents struggle with drug addiction every day, which leads to serious legal issues. Arizonian substance-abusers can face jail time, heavy fines, probation, revocation of driver’s licenses and more. Anyone facing legal issues due to drug-related crimes should contact an experienced Scottsdale… read more

Breaking Down Teen Sexting Laws in Arizona

Posted in Sexual Crimes on October 19, 2018

The rise in technological communication has led to a string of new behaviors and actions, and with that, new related laws. When teenagers communicate via text messages, they may find themselves in dangerous situations. “Sexting,” or texting sexually explicit material and/or photographs, is a common enough situation – but one that can lead to unforeseen… read more