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Criminal Defense Archives

Driving while high could bring seriously high penalties

In Arizona, drunk drivers can face serious penalties if convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Penalties can range from time in jail to fines to loss of driving privileges. Many fail to consider that in the eyes of the law, drugged driving is just as serious as drunk driving, and drivers caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana could face very steep penalties.

Purpose of police video footage questioned

Many people in Arizona may be aware that police, sheriff and other members of law enforcement agencies may wear cameras on their uniforms and take video of different situations including those in which people may be or are ultimately arrested. This practice is not specific to Arizona as departments all around the nation have been putting police body camera technology to use for a while now. However, some people are beginning to question the purpose of taking these videos.

Probation violation added to list of offenses for defendant

Arizona residents who are on probation or parole may be required to wear ankle bracelets so that law enforcement officers or courts can track their locations or their comings and goings from a residence. If such an order is placed, that means anyone who fails to comply with the request may be in jeopardy of violating their parole or probation agreement. This is something that may subject a person to additional penalties.

What happens if I violate my probation?

Have you been placed on probation in Arizona? Whether your probation sentence was in lieu of time in jail or prison or whether it was in addition to some period of incarceration, you will want to have a good understanding of the terms of your sentence. In particular, you should know what may happen if you break your probationary contract.

NFL player charged with DUI, robbery and more

It might seem that sometimes professional athletes or other celebrities are either immune from the long arm of the law or that any incidents in which they are allegedly involved become potentially bigger than they really were. When reading or hearing reports, it can often be difficult to tell which may be the case. Either way, the reality is that anyone can face criminal charges regardless of celebrity status or lack thereof.

A look at Arizona's violent crime arrests

If you have been charged with a serious crime in Arizona or know someone who has, you may well wonder just how many other people have been in your situation. While remembering that an arrest does not mean you are guilty, it can be helpful to know that you are not alone. The Arizona Department of Public Safety has published detailed information that shows how many people were arrested for different crimes in 2015.

Video game raises new questions about crime and reality

Many an Arizona resident enjoys playing a good video game now and then. It can be a great means of entertainment and even relief from the stress of a long day. Most people would not be concerned that the simple act of playing a video game could lead them to being charged with a crime but that is exactly what a new game may make possible.

Background checks and arrest information for employment screening

If you have been arested in Arizona you will no doubt have many questions about the long-term effects of the arrest. Regardless of whether or not you are ultimately convicted of an offense or how serious the offense is, a criminal arrest may still haunt you. For example, when you are applying for a new job, a potential employer can ask about criminal history and conduct a thorough background check. Will the arrest show up? Will it be able to prevent you from getting a job?

Due process: Your right to face your accuser

As a resident of Phoenix, you have specific rights under the U.S. Constitution. Here at The Baker Law Firm LLC, we are asked many questions about what those rights are. One of those rights is to know who is making the allegations against you, especially in cases involving sexual assault.

Why do I need a criminal defense attorney?

Facing a criminal charge in Phoenix can be alarming, and if you are in this position, you may have many questions about the legal procedure and what to expect. While you may be able to find some of this information online or from other resources, the Arizona State Bar recommends that you consider the benefits of contacting an attorney for legal advice.