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Arizona Misdemeanor Criminal Case Process

Being arrested for an Arizona misdemeanor charge is both extremely stressful and extremely scary. Knowing the course that your case will take can help ease some of this stress. In this article, we will explain in a general way what you can expect in each step of the criminal process in limited jurisdiction, or lower, Arizona courts, which are those that handle only misdemeanor cases in their criminal caseload. Keep in mind that every court in Arizona may have different procedures or names for these steps, and the best way to know exactly what to expect is to speak to your…

What are the Differences Between Theft, Shoplifting, Robbery, and Burglary?

Theft Charges in Arizona Theft is by far the most common way to charge a person with a crime for taking the property of another person. Theft, covered by ARS 13-1802, requires the State to prove that without lawful authority, a person knowingly did one of the following things: Controlled the property of another with the […]

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Arizona Felony Sentencing Guidelines Updated for 2022

Arizona Felony Sentencing Guidelines Arizona follows a statutorily created mandatory sentencing scheme for those charged with a felony offense. What this means is that in determining what an appropriate sentence is, a Court is required to sentence within a given range created by the legislature. The felony sentencing charts, below, are helpful in that they show what potential penalties a person is facing. Keep in mind that determining where a person falls under the guidelines requires analysis by an experienced criminal…

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges in Arizona

Building a Defense for an Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charge in Arizona If you are emotional or overwhelmed, anything can happen. You may do something you regret, including committing assault with a deadly weapon. If you face a weapon charge in Arizona, you do not have to fear or become stressed. You can work with a defense attorney at Gurion Legal to fight the conviction and plead your case. Continue reading the article below to learn more about how the state of Arizona defines assault. The information will cover charges for both with and without a deadly weapon. You will also find…

Arizona Class 1 Misdemeanor Explained

Arizona Class 1 Misdemeanor Explained Crimes in Arizona are classified as petty offenses, misdemeanors, or felonies. Each of these classes comes with its own set of penalties. Typically, misdemeanors carry less severe penalties than felonies. Class 1 misdemeanors, however, have the harshest consequences of all misdemeanors. Class 1 misdemeanors have the harshest consequences of all misdemeanors. You will have better preparation for your legal defense from Gurion Legal when you understand what a class 1 misdemeanor conviction entails. You and your attorney can work out a legal strategy…

What are the Different Sex Offender Levels in Arizona?

When convicted of specific sex crimes in Arizona, it is mandatory that you register as a sex offender. There are different sex offender levels associated with the registry, which will vary on your level of risk. An Arizona agency will give you a sex offender assessment to determine the risk you pose. It will ask questions across 19 areas, and your score will determine your level. If you face charges that require that you register on the sex offender registry, contact a sex crimes defense lawyer at Gurion Legal. Call them today at (480) 800-0020.Need Quick Answers?What are the Arizona…

Top 5 Causes of False Positives for DUI Breathalyzer Tests

If you get pulled over by a police officer at any time during the day or night, they may want to administer DUI breathalyzer tests that analyzes your blood alcohol content (BAC). In Arizona, you can’t drive if you have a BAC of .08 or higher. If you register even a bit above the legal minimum, you will get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). A first offense in Arizona with a BAC under .15 is usually an expensive and inconvenient misdemeanor that results in suspension of your license for 90 days (or more,…

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8 Best Defenses for an Arizona Marijuana DUI Charge

After a person is charged with a Marijuana DUI in Arizona either under ARS § 28-1381(A)(1) or a per se charge under ARS § 28-1381(A)(3), they may wonder which defenses an attorney can use to shield a client from liability. Fortunately, various laws and constitutional provisions protect individuals charged with an offense, and law enforcement must follow procedures to obtain evidence properly and charge a defendant. Several defenses are often used in a Marijuana DUI charge in Arizona. Need Quick Answers?1. Illegal Vehicle Searches The Constitution of the United States and the Constitution…

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Courts in Arizona & What Type of Cases They Handle

Justice Courts in Arizona Justice courts are in charge of a specific geographic precinct within Arizona. Every county in the state will have at least one. It is dependent on the population of that area, however, similar to the electoral college system. The judge at a justice court does not have to be a licensed […]

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What is a Set Aside? How is it Different than Arizona Expungement?

What is a Set Aside? How is it Different than Expungement in Arizona? If you have a criminal conviction on your record, you may have difficulties living a typical life. You may be unable to get your dream job, and some rental companies could even deny you your right to live in their communities. With these factors in mind, you are likely desperate to erase charges from your record. In most states around the country, you can work with a defense attorney to expunge your charges. In Arizona, for any case, except for those involving marijuana, you have to have a set-aside. Arizona does not…

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