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Different Types Of Crimes And The Way The Law Treats Them


Crimes are not treated equally in Arizona unless they are identical. They fall into different classes. Some crimes will never be a misdemeanor while others will never be a felony. In general, the law evaluates the factual situation and its surrounding circumstances in order to make a determination of how to classify a criminal action. The Four Categories Of Crimes There are hundreds of individual crimes, but each of them fall under a single category. Those categories contain the crimes and variables of those crimes. Circumstantial factors (and sometimes the criminal history of the individual being charged) exponentially expand their meanings and...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Embezzlement Laws In Arizona


Embezzlement is typically considered to be a white-collar crime. The simple definition of embezzlement is when one person takes or spends another person’s (often a company’s) money without permission. Embezzlement is essentially a variant of theft. Embezzlement is a crime, but there are plenty of scenarios where an individual dealing with accusations of embezzlement don’t understand what’s going on. Unlike normal theft, which is committed intentionally, some people accidentally embezzle. If you’re under investigation for embezzlement or facing embezzlement charges, you need to learn as much as you can. You also need an attorney who knows how to help you keep...

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What Are Fraud Charges?


Fraud is a very serious crime, and if you’re convicted, its connotations can follow you for the rest of your life. Even if you were falsely accused of fraud, people may be hesitant to work with you in business ventures or trust you in personal ones. Fraud charges are anxiety inducing, and they should be. If you’re facing fraud charges in Tucson, or even just accusations, you need to do as much as you possibly can to understand the gravity of the situation and proceed knowledgeably. Understanding what you’re facing will help you prepare a solid defense. The help of an...

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What To Do When You’re Falsely Accused Of A Domestic Violence Offense


Domestic violence victims need and deserve to feel safe and protected. The law in Tucson is designed to keep victims from finding themselves in situations where they may be harmed again. While the law is great for victims, it’s a world of trouble for individuals falsely accused of domestic violence. People who have actually committed a crime deserve the consequences – not people who are themselves the actual victims of harassment or revenge. The Prevalence Of False Allegations An estimated 700,000 people a year face false domestic violence allegations. It’s an alarmingly common phenomenon, and it costs taxpayers up to 20 billion...

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How Domestic Violence Convictions Affect People


Domestic violence convictions have the potential to dramatically complicate lives. Outside of jail time, supervised probation, and costly fines and fees, society’s perspective on domestic violence convictions will also have an affect on someone’s ability to live a full and productive life following a conviction. If you’re facing domestic violence charges in Tucson, you need to understand the full scope of what’s to come in the event that you’re convicted. What Constitutes Domestic Violence? Many types of crimes fall under the rubric of "domestic violence" offenses. In fact, "Domestic Violence" is not an offense in and of itself. It simply means that...

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How Domestic Violence Affects Gun Ownership In Arizona


Being convicted of a number of crimes causes the temporary or permanent restriction of your civil liberties. Arizona takes the suspension of firearm ownership very seriously when an individual has been convicted of a violent offense. Abiding by the terms of a sentence and completing it can lead to the restoration of the right to own a gun in Tucson. How Arizona Defines Domestic Violence Domestic violence is any number of crimes committed against individuals sharing a household, regardless of the relationship of these persons. It applies to family members, roommates, or intimate partners who live under the same roof. Not all...

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What Happens When A Restraining Order Is Violated?


What you may think of as restraining orders aren’t actually called "restraining orders" under Arizona law. The state of Arizona refers to them as Orders of Protection or Injunctions Against Harassment. The name of the Order or Injunction doesn’t make much of a difference, however. If you’re found violating such an Order, there can be serious consequences. Even though many protective orders are based on seemingly trivial, or even outright frivolous, grounds, that doesn’t in any way impact the potential consequences for failing to obey them. How Restraining Orders Work An Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment will come with specific...

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Minors Consuming Or Possessing Alcohol In Arizona


Arizona faces staggeringly high rates of youth drinking, and as a result, strict laws and penalties have been imposed to dissuade underage drinking. Young drivers are already more prone to accidents due to their lack of experience behind the wheel, making underage DUIs especially dangerous. It might seem complicated, particularly since the penalties are so severe, but it’s relatively straightforward. People under the age of 21 are legally forbidden from purchasing or consuming alcohol, and others are forbidden from providing alcohol to underage individuals. There are some exceptions, however, and penalties vary based upon the alcohol-related crime. Exceptions To The Rules There...

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Penalties For Marijuana Possession, Use, Or Possession For Sale In Arizona


Arizona considers marijuana to be separate from any other kind of drug – it is neither a dangerous drug nor a narcotic. Marijuana charges are simple – the law says you cannot knowingly possess or use marijuana. Though even simple possession can be charged as a felony, it’s usually charged as a misdemeanor in the state of Arizona. The penalties depend on the type of marijuana-related charge and the amount of marijuana involved. The Difference Between Possession And Possession For Sale Possession of marijuana encompasses marijuana in its pure form or any derivative of marijuana. This includes THC concentrates that one...

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Legal Help For Sexual Assault Charges


Arizona law has a very clear definition of rape, or "sexual assault." Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual acts on a person without their consent is sexual assault. This includes individuals who for any reason are legally or otherwise unable to provide consent. If the victim is unable to consent due to their age, the crime can be charged differently. If you’re facing sexual assault charges, you need to understand what the laws mean, the possible penalties, and how to defend yourself against these charges. How Sexual Assault Is Punished When The Victim Is An Adult The court reviews...

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