Criminal

Most people have heard of Miranda Rights, but few know exactly what they are or why they exist. In short, Miranda Rights are a set of warnings that must be given to criminal suspects prior to interrogations by law enforcement.
The goal of Miranda Rights is to protect people from self-incrimination by ensuring that they understand their rights and can make informed decisions about whether to waive them. Unfortunately, Miranda rights are often misunderstood, so it’s important to clear up a few things.
What Are Miranda Rights?
In the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, the Court
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Many people believe they can spot a child predator or sex offender. One researcher believes he has developed a simple, non-invasive test that can tell whether a person is a potential sex offender.
Even though the validity of the test is still up for debate, some courts have ordered individuals to take the assessment to determine if they could be potential sex offenders and whether released adult sex offenders will commit more sex crimes.
What Is the Abel Assessment?
The Abel Assessment was created by Dr. Gene G. Abel. Dr. Abel is a researcher who has studied child molestation
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If you are convicted of a sex offense, you do not have to directly notify your neighbors and employers. However, you must register annually with Arizona’s sex offender public registry. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the state may notify the community, local schools, and your employer.
The Arizona Sex Offender Registry
You have to register with the Arizona sex offender registry if you:

  • Plead guilty to a listed sex crime (see below);
  • Are convicted of a listed sex crime;
  • Are found “guilty except insane”; or
  • Are found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Even attempted sex crimes
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Many years ago, I was a lucky law clerk working for a wonderful judge at the Ninth Circuit’s Pasadena courthouse. One early morning, as I was admiring the flowers growing at the entrance to the gorgeous courthouse, I saw Judge…
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Many years ago, Betty S. Flowers proposed thinking about the drafting process in terms of four different personalities: the Madman, the Architect, the Carpenter, and the Judge. Each should have its turn at the helm during the writing process. For…
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Automobile insurance is an important type of financial protection for all motor vehicle operators in Arizona, including motorcyclists. Insurance can help relieve the financial burden of an accident by contributing to the costs of medical bills and vehicle repairs. Furthermore, if you are legally required to carry insurance on your motorcycle, failing to do so can result in a fine and the suspension of your operator’s license.
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In a serious accident, such as a car crash or bad fall, a victim could suffer a catastrophic injury that results in a condition known as paralysis. Paralysis is the temporary or permanent loss of feeling and function in part of the body.
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Paralysis refers to a loss of sensation and motor function in part or all of the body. Paralysis can be complete or incomplete, temporary or permanent. The most common cause of paralysis is a spinal cord injury, such as a spinal fracture in a car accident.
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