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Are Arizona Legislators Immune from Criminal Prosecution?

After reading this headline, you might think that we’ve lost our common sense and are suggesting that the members of the Arizona legislature are above the law. But that’s what law enforcement has been telling police officers. A recent example illustrates the point. Representative Paul Mosley (R – Lake Havasu City) was recently out for […]

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Burglary, Robbery and Theft in Arizona: What’s the Difference?

When someone is alleged to have stolen or attempted to steal something, the charge is often described as either burglary, robbery, theft, or some combination of the three. You might ask whether there is any real difference among the charges, and whether those differences affect the classification (severity) or the potential sentence the defendant faces. […]

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Texting While Driving in Arizona

Arizona, it seems, likes to be different. We’re the only place in the Contiguous United States that doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time. We’re also one of only three states in the country that has not – so far – instituted a broad restriction on texting while driving. But if you think that gives you free […]

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Aggravated Robbery in Phoenix

A headline last week stated that two teenagers, one if them a minor, were arrested for allegedly committing “aggravated robbery” (actually a string of aggravated robberies) in West Phoenix. Most people are aware that crimes often have several different classifications, depending upon the circumstances. Examples include assault/aggravated assault, criminal damage/aggravated criminal damage, identity theft /aggravated […]

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Mesa Police Brutality Caught on Video . . . Again!

It’s been a stormy couple of months at the Mesa, Arizona Police Department. It wasn’t a single incident that is fueling concerns about the culture of the PD. Rather, there have been a series of beatings and misconduct on the part of police officers, much of it caught on video, that has the public outraged […]

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Bogus Crime Statistics in Buckeye, AZ

For several years, Buckeye, Arizona has reveled in its claim that it is the safest city in the Valley, if not in all of Arizona. In particular, the city has reported to the FBI (and to the public) extremely low violent crime numbers. City officials claimed that they were simply using the FBI categorization of […]

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Report on Arizona Felony Statutes Says Many Are Never Used

Earlier this year, a report was issued by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. The report, entitled Review of Arizona Revised Statutes Containing A Felony Criminal Penalty, was prepared and issued as part of the Commission’s duties of monitoring and analyzing the effectiveness of criminal justice legislation in general. The gist of the report is that […]

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Sex Crimes (and Defenses) in Phoenix

When most people hear the phrase “sex crime,” they think about rape, forcible rape in particular. But in Arizona, as well as the other states, there are a host of sex crimes the appear, at least on the surface, to be less destructive and violent. On the other hand, the victims of these “lesser” sex […]

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DUI in the News in Phoenix

Drunk driving and drugged driving continue to be the focus of news stories in the Phoenix area. Over the past several weeks, however, there seems to have been a flood of new – and rather unusual – charges. Here are some of the other “interesting” DUI cases we’re found: At the top of the list […]

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Manslaughter vs. Criminally Negligent Homicide in Arizona

Homicide may appear to be a relatively simple subject. But when a person’s life has been taken, the criminal ramifications can become very complicated. In Arizona, the criminal laws seem, at first glance, to be relatively straightforward. Homicide is defined, simply, as first degree or second degree murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide. Other states have […]

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