Criminal

Being convicted of a crime in Arizona will create a permanent criminal record. The more you know about criminal records, including how to look them up and who has access to them, the better you will understand your own situation if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in Arizona. Knowledge about criminal record searches can allow you to be more proactive in understanding, correcting and setting aside your criminal record.

How to Obtain a Criminal Record Report in Arizona

A criminal record may be stored in multiple locations by several different agencies, including law enforcement offices, state
Continue Reading How to Look Up Criminal Records in Arizona

Although Arizona has a limited expungement law on the books, if it does not apply to you then once you are convicted of a crime it will stay on your record forever. Fortunately, that’s not the end because Arizona law also allows those convicted of certain crimes to apply to have their convictions set aside.

What Does a Set Aside Do?

If the court grants it a set aside petition sets aside the judgment of guilt. That means that you are no longer guilty of the offense that you were convicted of. The charging instrument, be it a complaint, an
Continue Reading Should I Bother to Apply for A Set Aside?

Because of its good weather most of the year and scenic views, Phoenix is a Mecca for avid golfers and golf fans, with about 200 courses in the greater Phoenix area. But it may be safe to say that one tournament, and one course—the Waste Management Phoenix Open, held every year at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course—is best known among them all.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of spectators attend every year (over 700,000 are expected to attend in 2024), and with that comes the potential for alcohol-induced criminal activity.

Top Four Crimes at The Waste Management Open

To
Continue Reading Top Four Crimes At The Phoenix Waste Management Open

Sex crimes are serious offenses that carry significant penalties in Arizona. As a criminal defendant, it’s critical to understand more about these charges, including time limits for prosecution – otherwise known as the statute of limitations – and why they exist.
What Is The Purpose of the Statute of Limitations in Criminal Cases?

Understanding the statute of limitations is vital for anyone involved in the criminal justice system. Here are some of the reasons this deadline exists:
Protect Defendants
One reason for having a statute of limitations for certain criminal offenses is to protect defendants. If criminal charges can
Continue Reading What Is The Time Limit for Prosecuting Sex Crimes in Arizona?

Many people are surprised to learn that trespassing is a crime. Criminal trespassing charges in Phoenix, Arizona, can range from relatively minor to severe. A conviction may have serious consequences, especially if it is a felony.
If you are charged with trespassing in Phoenix, it’s in your best interest to speak with a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can explain your legal rights and options while defending you against your charges. It’s always best to consult an attorney when your freedom is at stake than to regret it later.
What Is Criminal Trespassing?
Trespassing happens when someone goes onto
Continue Reading Criminal Trespassing Charges in Phoenix, Arizona

A car accident can cause a sudden and violent jolt that injures the head, neck, back and other parts of the body. It is common for a crash victim not to initially notice the signs or symptoms of an injury, as adrenaline caused by the crash can work as a pain suppressant.
The post Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Headache After a Car Accident appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Headache After a Car Accident

Road rage is a dangerous episode of violent or uncontrolled anger by a driver in response to a driving situation. Road rage can play a role in catastrophic and deadly car accidents. A driver who is experiencing road rage is more likely to speed, race, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, and take other aggressive actions that can result in a crash.
The post What to Do If Another Driver Has Road Rage appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading What to Do If Another Driver Has Road Rage

If you total a leased car in Arizona, the insurance process and financial outcome will depend on the terms of your lease agreement, your insurance coverage and the specific circumstances. You may or may not be responsible for paying for some or all of the repairs to the leased vehicle.
The post What Happens If You Total a Leased Car in Arizona? appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading What Happens If You Total a Leased Car in Arizona?

If you get involved in an accident, such as a car crash or slip and fall, it is important to know how to preserve evidence while you are still at the scene of your accident. Timely evidence collection is crucial for building a personal injury case against one or more parties to pursue compensation.
The post How to Preserve Evidence at an Accident Scene appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading How to Preserve Evidence at an Accident Scene

A rear-end collision occurs when the front of one car crashes into the back of another. These car accidents are commonly caused by driver mistakes such as distracted driving, speeding and following too closely. The unique dynamics of a rear-end collision can result in similar types of injuries, often involving the neck, back and head.
The post Common Injuries From Rear-End Collisions appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading Common Injuries From Rear-End Collisions

Until recently, driving under the influence (DUI) convictions could not be expunged, or effectively erased, from an individual’s criminal record in Arizona. As of 2023, however, Arizona law allows certain qualifying individuals to have their DUI records expunged. Find out if you qualify to have your DUI record sealed from public view by consulting with an attorney about your individual circumstances.
The post Can a DUI Be Expunged in Arizona? appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading Can a DUI Be Expunged in Arizona?

Getting a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can affect many aspects of your life and future. Unfortunately, the ramifications don’t end with the completion of your sentence. A DUI will remain on your permanent criminal record. This can hurt your ability to get hired and find work in Arizona.
The post How Does a DUI Affect Getting Hired in Arizona? appeared first on The Law Offices of John Phebus.
Continue Reading How Does a DUI Affect Getting Hired in Arizona?

Being aware of the line that exists between professional massage therapy and potentially illicit activities is crucial, whether you are a practicing therapist or a client seeking services. While massages are recognized methods to alleviate stress and relax muscles, one needs to keep these situations and relationships professional due to legal implications in Phoenix.
What is a Sensual Massage?
Unlike traditional massages, which typically focus on relaxing muscles and relieving stress, a sensual massage aims at stimulating erogenous zones of the body to provoke pleasure. This isn’t something you would experience in most professional massage parlors or spas that follow
Continue Reading Are Sensual Massages Legal in Phoenix, AZ?

Arizona penalizes all sex crimes involving children harshly. This includes the offense of furnishing harmful or obscene materials to a minor. If you are accused of this crime, it is important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights. You could be at risk of serious and life-changing criminal consequences.

Arizona Law Protects Minors From Harmful Materials

According to Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) Section 13-3506, it is unlawful to recklessly “furnish, present, provide, make available, give, lend, show, advertise or distribute” any item to a minor that is harmful to minors, with knowledge
Continue Reading Consequences of Furnishing Harmful or Obscene Materials to a Minor

The crime of indecent exposure in Arizona can lead to a felony conviction in Arizona with serious penalties, including a prison term of up to 15 years under aggravating circumstances. If you or someone you love has been wrongfully accused of indecent exposure, it is critical to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible for assistance. A lawyer can help you understand and defend your rights as a suspect in an indecent exposure case.

Elements of the Crime of Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is defined in Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) Section 13-1402 as exposing one’s genitals or anus
Continue Reading Wrongful Accusations of Indecent Exposure