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How will a felony impact my life in Arizona?

Arizona is a great place to live, especially with the summer heat behind us. You might plan to take the kids to a pumpkin patch during the day, hang out at the local bar at night and have a BBQ with the family this weekend. Unfortunately, an unexpected felony charge could change everything.

Arizona takes felony charges seriously and will enforce major penalties. People accused of felony offenses not only face jail time and fines, their lives can be changed for years. A felony conviction can affect everything from child custody to career choices. If you are facing felony criminal charges then you should contact an attorney immediately. A legal professional can help mitigate the impact of a felony charge.

Police guesswork can lead to a DUI arrest

One of the most frightening things for drivers to think about is that they can be arrested even if they haven't done anything wrong. It's an unfortunate reality that people need to be aware of.

There are many reasons this happens, but one is simply that police are allowed to make the call based on what they believe happened, even if no tests prove that they are correct. They can then make an arrest and let it all get sorted out later.

What rights does the Sixth Amendment give you?

You're facing serious charges for the first time, and you know that you have rights under both U.S. law and Arizona law. You want to make sure that you know exactly what those rights are.

They're listed in various legal documents, but one of the most important is the Sixth Amendment. It speaks to your rights when you go to trial, which must be honored whether you are guilty or innocent. These rights are for all people and they're a fundamental building block of the American justice system, making it as fair as it can be.

Anger can help define the line between discipline and abuse

It can be very hard to define the line between abuse and discipline when looking at parents and their kids.

For example, some would say that spanking children is a fine way to discipline them and teach them right from wrong. Others would say that it is never all right, as they believe striking a child at any time is abuse and possibly domestic violence.

A threat may be an assault when backed up by action

When you think of assault charges, do you assume that physical contact had to occur? If so, you may be surprised to learn that, legally speaking, just making a threat could constitute assault.

To a degree, the legal standard says that the alleged victim has to believe that harmful contact was going to occur. This means not all threats fall into this category. Often, the threat has to be backed up by some sort of action that enhances this belief.

Property crimes on the rise in Tucson

Property crimes refer to a crime that involves stealing or destroying of another person’s property. Recent reporting has found that these types of crimes are on the rise in the Tucson area.

Property crimes can apply to a number of different crimes. One of the most common types of property crimes that people may be charged with is theft.

Common DUI punishments and extreme enhancements

A breath test or a blood test doesn't just tell the authorities if you're over the 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. It could also be a crucial part of determining what charges and potential sentences you're facing.

DUI sentences increase with each arrest.For a first offense, you could be looking at up to 10 days behind bars, a fine of about $1,600, and a license suspension that runs for 90 days.

A case of shoplifting evolves into a drug bust for 2 from Tucson

It wasn't too long before 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 when some officers with the Sahuarita Police Department decided to stop into a Carl's Jr. for coffee. As they mingled nearby the fast food restaurant, they noticed an individual run out of the front door of the nearby Walmart.

The officers thought that it was odd that the individual was running from the store in direction of an awaiting car so they quickly got into their patrol cars and entered Walmart's parking lot. By then, three people had approached the awaiting car. One of the individuals, a male, was pushing a shopping cart full of items, none of which were bagged.

What is disorderly conduct?

You're facing disorderly conduct charges. You're not sure exactly how the police settled on those charges or exactly why you're being accused.

It's important to note that these charges can be a bit open-ended. They're often very similar to allegations that you were disturbing the peace.

Study claims many custody-related violence claims are false

Certainly, there are plenty of cases in which domestic violence cases are legitimate and cases when the accusations are false.

It's very important to note, though, that there is one crucial factor that tends to drive the false accusation rates up. That factor is child custody.

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