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January 2018 Archives

Violation of privacy alleged in appeal process

People in Arizona who hear about criminal trials for any type of offense need to keep in mind that even after an initial trial decision, the criminal justice system allows for additional steps if necessary. The appeals process can be a way of achieving a different outcome and offers defendants more opportunities to ensure that their rights are properly protected. Even an initial criminal appeal that may not end up in a manner favorable to a defendant can be appealed further in some situations.

Officers may fail to follow proper procedures during DUI arrests

A sense of panic often sets in when drivers see flashing blue lights in their rearview mirrors. If this happened to you, your mind may have immediately begun running through dozens of thoughts wondering what may have raised the officer's suspicions and caused the need for a traffic stop.

Defendant enters plea deal in sexual assault case

Arizona residents who are charged with criminal offenses understandably can be concerned about what type of consequences they may face if they are ultimately convicted of a crime. However, it is important for defendants to know that in addition to the possibility of proving one's innocence, part of the criminal defense process also allows for a plea bargain to be entered into.

The walking field sobriety test

If you have been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Arizona, you may understandably be scared and nervous about what might happen to you next. As you learn about the criminal defense process and what is involved in defending yourself against driving under the influence charges, you should become educated about the potential problems associated with field sobriety tests.

These Arizona DUI laws might influence your decisions

If you are age 21 or beyond, the law permits you to purchase, sell (so long as you do so within an establishment that has a liquor license) and consume alcohol. In fact, you may be one of many Arizona residents who celebrated their 21st birthday by venturing out to a local pub and ordering your first "legal" alcoholic beverage. You may still enjoy getting together with friends for a few cold ones now and again. There is no law prohibiting you from doing so.

What is the one-leg field sobriety test?

If you have ever heard people talk about field sobriety tests in Arizona, you might have wondered what exactly these tests entail or look for. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the set of tests administered at the roadside where a driver has been stopped are not able to prove that a person is intoxicated. They are simply used to suggest that a person might be intoxicated. This is what an officer needs in order to legally make an arrest.

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