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Being arrested for an alleged crime can be one of the most stressful things in your life. In the blink of an eye, you can go from being a free person to being restrained in handcuffs, taken from your regular life, and confined in a jail cell.
Many people feel confused, helpless, and terrified. And for good reason. But, regardless of who you are and what you have been arrested for, you need to know certain things after you get arrested in Phoenix.
The Process After You Get Arrested in Phoenix
The first thing you need to know about when
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Domestic violence is a serious crime that deeply impacts all members of a family. False allegations of domestic violence can be just as devastating. A recent national survey showed that 17% of respondents had been falsely accused of domestic violence.
The implications of a domestic violence charge are far-reaching. Someone who is convicted of the charge faces not only criminal and civil penalties but also financial consequences and damage to their reputation.
When Can I Be Charged with Domestic Violence in Arizona?
A domestic violence charge often begins when police visit a residence because of a 911 call. Officers have
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It is relatively easy for someone to falsely accuse you of a sexual assault. Unfortunately, these types of charges and accusations can be difficult to disprove. Oftentimes these cases are classic, “he said, she said,” situations where there are no witnesses of the events that took place and no easy way to determine exactly what happened.
It is incredibly important to defend and protect yourself against sexual assault allegations because of how negatively these kinds of crimes can impact your life. Sex crimes have an immediate negative impact from the stigma of the accusation as well as the arrest itself.
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You may see an entry on the criminal court docket for a “Motion for Discovery” in your case. Your criminal lawyer generally handles filing these motions as part of your defense against criminal charges. A motion to obtain discovery is a valuable tool for a criminal defense lawyer to use to collect evidence for your defense. Continue reading to learn more.
What Is Discovery?
Pre-trial discovery is the process of gathering information and evidence to prepare for trial. The prosecution cannot use any documents, witnesses, or other evidence at trial that it failed to disclose during discovery.
Arizona Criminal Procedure
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The rules for parole differ by state. Generally, parole is the conditional release of an inmate before the end of their sentence. If approved for parole, the inmate will spend the rest of their sentence outside of prison but under community supervision.

If the parolee violates any terms of their parole, the court may revoke parole and send them back to prison. The court may also reinstate parole but add stricter rules and conditions for remaining on parole.
What Are the Types of Parole in Arizona?
Most criminal offenses may qualify for parole. However, the Truth in Sentencing Bill exempted
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If you have a friend or loved one doing time at the Estrella jail in Phoenix, you may want to schedule a visit to keep in touch. Visitors should be aware that Estrella Jail only offers video visitation if the visit is legal in nature. 
Visiting a jail can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time. However, knowing the guidelines and what to expect can simplify the process. No one wants to visit jail, but your loved one will appreciate your support during the difficult period of incarceration. 
How to Schedule a Visit
Maricopa County Estrella Jail is located
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Arizona gun laws protect the rights of gun owners throughout the state. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. Even though federal and state laws recognize the right to own firearms, they do not protect people who misuse guns or break weapons laws in Arizona.
Therefore, gun advocates and firearm owners need to understand Arizona gun laws and how they impact their rights as gun owners. Below are a few of the most important Arizona laws that gun owners need to know.
Open Carry Laws
Arizona is an open carry state,
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Statutory rape is a serious criminal charge in Arizona. Arizona Revised Statute §13-1405 defines sexual conduct with a minor as knowingly or intentionally engaging in oral sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age. 
Note that the statute does not require the act to include force or violence. Therefore, you could be charged with statutory rape even if the sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with a minor was “consensual” in your eyes. 
You can be charged with the crime because a minor under the age of 18 years cannot legally consent to sexual contact.
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If you think that you have hired a bad lawyer, it is important to take action as early in your case as possible. The earlier in your case you try to change lawyers, the smoother it will go with the court. 
Whether you’re facing charges for DUI, theft, or any other criminal offense, your choice of defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. When your future is on the line, you can’t afford to have a bad lawyer. By keeping an eye out for these six red flags that you hired a bad
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Do you have an upcoming hearing at the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center – Durango? In this blog, Phoenix criminal defense attorney Craig Orent discusses what you should know before you go.
In Maricopa County, there are two main juvenile court centers. There is the Durango Juvenile Court Center, and there is the Juvenile Court Center – Southeast. The Juvenile Center that we are discussing here is the Durango facility, located at 3131 W. Durango in Phoenix, open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
You likely received formal court papers telling you which facility to go to
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In this blog, criminal defense lawyer Craig Orent breaks down attorney-client privilege, what it means and how it can affect your case. In Arizona, attorney-client confidentiality and attorney-client privilege are related concepts. People use these terms interchangeably.
There are actually important differences between confidentiality and privilege that you should understand. While attorney-client privilege is technically a rule of evidence, attorney-client confidentiality is actually an ethical rule that all attorneys must follow. 
If you are facing criminal charges, never discuss your case with anyone besides your attorney. Family members and friends are all potential witnesses that could be forced to testify
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Are you in Arizona wondering how far 1000 feet within a school area is in miles? Phoenix criminal defense lawyer Craig Orent explains what you need to know.
Calculating 1000 feet from a school needs to be done carefully and methodically. A mile is 5,280 feet. This means that 1000 feet is just under .2 miles (i.e. one-fifth of a mile). Arizona law requires Level III sex offenders to live more than 1000 feet from any real property comprising a school or childcare facility.    
Determining where you can and cannot live is far too serious to risk getting it wrong.
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The founding fathers created the Bill of Rights and made it part of the Constitution to protect the rights of American citizens. Many of the rights they created exist to protect those accused of crimes. We discuss some of these rights below.
#1 Unlawful Searches and Seizures
The first of the 3 most frequently violated rights of the accused in Phoenix, Arizona, is unlawful searches and seizures. Under the 4th Amendment, every person in the United States has the right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” 
An unreasonable search and seizure can be understood as a search or
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Criminal mischief is a property crime on the books in every state. In Arizona, criminal mischief is better known as “Criminal Damage.”
There are two statutes that prosecutors can use to charge you for criminal mischief in Phoenix:

If the state is accusing you of criminal damage, you need to lawyer up, and fast!
What Does the State Need to Prove to Convict You of Criminal Mischief in Phoenix?
To prove criminal mischief in Phoenix, prosecutors need to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Criminal damage in
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Are you wondering what a disposition hearing in criminal court is? In Phoenix, the term disposition hearing can refer to three different types of hearings, depending on the context in which it is used.
The three main types of disposition hearings are:

  • Juvenile Disposition Hearing
  • Early Disposition Court
  • Adult Criminal Court Disposition Hearing

Each type of disposition hearing is different, but they all come near the end of a criminal case. If you have a disposition hearing coming up, you should hire an experienced defense lawyer to represent you at the hearing.
What is a Juvenile Disposition Hearing in Phoenix,
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Domestic violence (DV) cases can be particularly hard on the accused. Unlike many other allegations, DV charges threaten to harm your relationships with loved ones and your living situation.
Prosecution tactics in domestic violence cases in Arizona can be overwhelming unless you have an experienced and aggressive domestic violence lawyer on your side.
Here are the four most common tactics we see the prosecution use in domestic violence cases.
1. Seeking Protective Orders to Ruin Relationships
Perhaps the most frustrating prosecution tactic in Arizona domestic violence cases is the use of protective orders by the State. A protective order is
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