Statute Explanation: ARS 13-1404 | Sexual AbuseOctober 16, 2017
ARS 13-1404 is the Arizona statute for Sexual Abuse. Sexual Abuse is a very serious crime with heavy penalties. Learn more here.
Public Sexual Indecency involves engaging in a sexual act with another person present. This is considered a "sex crime" and in Arizona these face some of the harshest penalties in the nation. Learning how to handle a charge with the right attorney will help.
On the heels of a staggering report that claims that 65% of all prison inmates are suffering from addiction, the criminal justice system needs to ask itself this question: should addiction be treated like a crime? Or is it a health crisis that our country is failing to properly address?
FLAGSTAFF — After a scant five days of intermittent deliberations at Coconino County Superior Court, the jury in the Northern Arizona University shooting case sent a note to Judge Dan Slayton. A consensus could not be reached.
After more than five days of deliberation, Coconino County Judge Dan Slayton declared a mistrial in the case May 2. Earlier in the day, jurors asked Slayton what they were to do if they could not come to a consensus on a verdict for any charge.
FLAGSTAFF, AZ - A judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the case of a former Northern Arizona University student charged with shooting and killing a student and wounding three others in 2015.
The prosecution and defense are expected to make closing arguments in the trial of Steven Jones, the former Northern Arizona University student who shot four students during an altercation that spilled onto campus in October 2015.
In Arizona there are different kinds of Auto theft: ARS 12-1803 & ARS 13-1814. If you are facing charges for auto-theft it's important to understand the difference between the two charges and the penalties that may follow.
This is the last in a series of blogs about the six stages of a criminal case, and what actions you should take in each stage. If the jury finds you guilty, the next step is sentencing. There are several different factors involved in deciding a sentence.
Though the trial itself is the most publicized part of a case, shown in TV dramas and splashed across the evening news, most cases don’t even go to trial. Many times, cases are resolved in other ways, through settlement, arbitration, or even dismissal. But if your case makes it to trial, there are several things that are important to know before getting there.
Once your charges are formally filed with the court, the case begins the long winding path through the criminal justice system. A criminal case rarely moves quickly. It is a matter of months, usually the better part of a year. During that time you and/or your attorney will be expected to come to court for pretrial court dates.
If a crime is witnessed by an officer, or you are pulled over for a DUI offense, your arrest can happen only moments later. In other cases, a lengthy investigation is conducted before an arrest can be made. Sometimes, like for embezzlement or tax evasion, investigations can take months and even years.
In the next few weeks, we'll be focusing on the 6 stages of a legal case; the first being the initial investigation. The initial investigation begins the moment the police know a possible crime has been committed. There may have been a complaint, an accident, a traffic stop, or even a part of a larger police investigation.
Theft in Arizona (ARS 13-1802) is a serious offense, with mandatory penalties of up to 12 ½ years in prison and large fines for first-time offenders. But the definition of theft itself can be a bit vague, and there are lots of ways that theft is qualified.
Miranda rights exist to protect the accused, but are only used about 20% of the time. Many people waive their Miranda rights without meaning to, and don’t even know what they have done. But it can be disastrous for your legal defense, so read on to know how these mistakes happen, and what you can do to prevent them.
Arson, at its most basic, is defined as purposively setting a fire in an attempt to damage something. The defining characteristic for Arson charges is usually the intent to harm or damage the property of another. In Arizona, there are several types of Arson, and penalties for each are slightly different.
Burglary is illegal entry into private property, especially for the purpose of committing a crime. You don’t need to damage any property or actually steal anything to be facing this charge. Usually if you break in to a place without permission, the government is going to assume the intent, but they still have to prove it.
Body cams are cameras worn by police officers, designed to record footage of all encounters with the public while the officer is in uniform. The hope behind body cameras is to increase police accountability and reduce excessive force incidents. While over a third of the nation’s more than 18,000 departments are using or testing body cams, challenges are getting in the way of the cameras truly fulfilling their objectives.