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Burdens of Proof in a Criminal Case

Introduction to Burdens of Proof in a Criminal Case

introduction to Burdens of Proof in a Criminal CaseYou might hear the term “burden of proof” when in court, or generally talking about a legal case – and you might wonder, what does that mean? Well, generally speaking, the burden […]

Mental States in a Criminal Case

Introduction to Mental States in a Criminal Case

introduction to mental states in a criminal case

In order to be found guilty of a crime, the defendant must have had a specific mental state that is included under the elements of the crime. Without that mental state, the defendant […]

Common Defenses to Criminal Charges

Introduction to Common Defenses to Criminal Charges

When it comes to the criminal justice system, knowing what your defenses to a crime are can be crucial. While every scenario is different and every criminal defense attorney will do their best to perfect a defense for their life – there are a lot of standard defenses that […]

Arizona’s Top Ten Strangest Laws

We’ve all heard the urban legends and rumors about some of America’s most ridiculous laws. You can’t wear a fake mustache in a church in Alabama, and you can’t wake a sleeping bear for a photo shoot in Alaska. Here in the state of Arizona, there is a variety of ridiculous laws still on the […]

Infographic – A Peek Into Crime Rates In Tucson, AZ

The city of Tucson is one of the biggest cities in Arizona and, as is usually the case with most big cities, there are high crime rates. According to information provided by the FBI on crime data in the state, Tuscon is ranked second on the crime index, meaning that it is only safer than […]

Do Police Officers Really Plant Evidence?

In the United States, do law enforcement officers actually plant evidence to make suspects look guilty? Crime films and television dramas use the “planted evidence” gimmick frequently, but how frequently do the police plant evidence in real life cases? Is it the rare behavior of just a few bad cops, or is evidence-planting a widespread, […]

Gang Crimes And The Law In Arizona

Federal and local law enforcement officers combined to make a total of 180 gang-related arrests in Arizona over the summer of 2015. The U.S. Marshals Service’s “Operation GRIT 2015” targeted violent fugitives with ties to street gangs. “GRIT” stands for Gang Research, Intelligence, and Targeting. When you are charged with a crime that is considered […]

Misdemeanors Are Not Trivial

Everyone knows that felonies are considered the most serious crimes and that misdemeanors are generally considered somewhat less serious crimes. In Arizona, however, misdemeanors are not trivial. You can serve six months in jail, be placed on probation for three years, and be fined $2,500 for some misdemeanor convictions. In the state of Arizona, most […]

About Arizona Grand Juries

In 2014, after a grand jury refused to indict a police officer in Missouri in a case widely covered by the media, many began to learn about grand juries for the first time. What is a grand jury, and how does a grand jury operate? The first thing to know is that a grand jury […]

The Facts About Felonies

In Arizona, felony convictions are punishable by terms of one year or more in a state prison. Felonies in Arizona are categorized in six “classes.” First and second degree murder are the only Class One felonies in Arizona. First degree murder is punishable by the death penalty or by life in prison, and second degree […]

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