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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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Like most big cities in the United States, crime is an issue in Phoenix, Arizona. Whether it’s violent crimes like murder and sexual assault or property crimes such as vandalism and theft, there’s no denying that Phoenix sees its share of criminal activity.
If you’re looking to visit or relocate to Phoenix, you’ll no doubt be interested in learning which areas to explore and which to avoid.
The Safest Neighborhoods in Phoenix, AZ
Based on recent statistics, here are a few of the safest neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area:
Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley is sometimes called the
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You’ve probably seen it a million times on TV or in movies: someone has been taken in by police and demands their phone call. But is this really a right? What are your other rights if you are taken in by the police? Understanding your rights is an important initial step in your criminal defense, whether you’ve been charged with a drug crime, violent crime, DUI, or another type of offense.
Detention Rights
Before you can understand your rights, it is important that you understand the difference between detention and arrest. Police have the right to “detain”
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Did you know police officers can enter your home without a search warrant? The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Arizona State Constitution protect individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, there are exceptions to the general rule that requires law enforcement officers to have a search warrant to enter your home.
Exceptions to the laws prohibiting warrantless searches include:

  • Consent – Police officers may search your home if you willingly give your consent without a search warrant or probable cause.
  • Incident to an Arrest –  An officer may search your home without a warrant if

Continue Reading Exigent Circumstances: What Are They and How Do They Allow Police to Search and Seize Without a Warrant?

The outcome for a conviction of Felony 5 drug possession in Arizona depends on several factors. First, Arizona has a sentencing chart for felony convictions. That chart impacts how much time you spend in prison for drug possession.
The type and amount of drug you possess could impact whether you serve time. In addition, Arizona law provides that people convicted of possessing or using a controlled substance for personal use may be sentenced to probation.
Drug possession charges can be confusing. The possible outcome depends on many factors. Whether you face misdemeanor drug charges or felony drug crimes, treat the
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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.
Continue Reading How to Prove Your Innocence When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault in Phoenix

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
Continue Reading Top 6 Telltale Signs You Hired a Bad Lawyer And How to Avoid it in the Future