Arizona Criminal Law

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Frequently Asked Arizona Criminal Law Questions

What happens at court for a felony?

Felony cases in Arizona are handled in the Superior Court which is the felony court. Each county has its own superior court. While the felony courts generally all follow the same procedures, the name of the hearing and the rules may vary from county to county. More…

What happens at court for a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanor cases in Arizona are usually handled in justice courts or municipal courts. There are over 30 different courts in Maricopa County alone that have jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases. While the courts generally all follow the same misdemeanor court process, the name of the hearing and the rules may vary from court to court. More..

What are the possible penalties for a criminal offense?

In Arizona, offenses are divided into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious offenses than misdemeanors. These two categories are broken down further into classifications. The lower the number, the more serious the offense.  More…

What is a Domestic Violence Offense in Arizona?

In Arizona, in order for an offense to be classified as domestic violence (DV) under the legal definition, it must both be an offense listed as a possible domestic violence offense and there must be a required relationship. More…

What should I do if I am stopped by the police?

Traffic stops can be tense both for you and the police officer who is stopping you. You want to do everything you can to keep the stress level low for both you and the police officer. Keeping the stress level low can make the difference between being given a warning and being booked into jail. More…

What should I do if the police want to search my home or my car?

Never Consent to a Search! Should I consent to a search? Politely tell the police officer that you are not going to consent to a search. Most people consent to a search because they believe that the officer will not really search. Some people believe the officer does not need their consent to search and if they refuse, the officer will search anyway. This is not true. While there are exceptions to the rule that the police need a warrant to search, you should never consent to a search. If you consent to a search, the police will conduct a search. More…

Police Officer did not read me my Miranda Rights.

Contrary to popular belief, police officers are not required to read Miranda Warnings every time they make an arrest. They are required to advise you of your Miranda Rights prior to asking you questions about the alleged crime while you are under arrest. If they do fail to read you your rights, it may be possible to keep out any incriminating statements you have made. This could lead to a dismissal. More…

The police think I have committed a crime and want to talk to me. Should I answer their questions?

NO! The police are not asking you questions because they want your side of the story. The police are asking you questions because they are trying to gather evidence to make their case against you. Once the police make up their minds that you are guilty, you cannot talk them out of it. Politely tell the police that you do not want to talk to them without an attorney present. You need an attorney! More…

I am being investigated for a crime, but I have not been arrested yet. Do I need an attorney?

Absolutely yes. An experienced attorney can conduct an investigation independent of the police. Evidence of your innocence from this independent investigation can then be presented to the police and the prosecutor. The prosecutor will then be required to show the evidence of your innocence to any grand jury he tries to use to indict you. I have successfully prevented many people from being charged with crimes by conducting independent investigations and forcing the police and the prosecutor to consider both sides of the case.  More…


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