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Is Domestic Violence a Misdemeanor or a Felony in Arizona?

A severe issue, domestic violence is met with severe consequences for those who are convicted. In the state of Arizona, domestic violence is defined as any criminal act of abuse committed by one ...
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Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Arizona

When certain criminal offenses are committed, the perpetrators may face mandatory minimum sentences if they are convicted. Mandatory minimum sentencing can apply in cases involving drug crimes, sex ...
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What is Considered Trespassing in Arizona?

Criminal trespassing is met with serious consequences, especially in the state of Arizona. The penalties of this crime vary depending on whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, and can ...
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What Are the Possible Defenses for Fraud?

If you have been charged with fraud, you are likely concerned about your future and what will happen if you are indeed convicted. One of the most serious white-collar crimes, fraud can often result in ...
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Why You Should Never Consent to a Search of Your Property

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed to protect U.S. citizens from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” This Amendment prevents law enforcement from searching and ...
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Can You Refuse to Talk to Highway Patrol?

When it comes to being stopped by law enforcement, it is important to remember that you have legal rights and that you should exercise them. This is especially true when law enforcement is stopping ...
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Can You Get Arrested for Road Rage?

Most drivers are guilty of getting worked up when behind the wheel. While getting upset, especially when another motorist commits a traffic violation or nearly causes a crash, is not illegal nor ...
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Are Drivers Required to Submit to Field Sobriety Testing?

Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Knowles Law Firm, PLC have successfully defended numerous clients throughout the region after they were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or ...
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The Top 7 Warning Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

Nursing home abuse is becoming all too common in today’s society. All over the U.S. there are cases of men and woman being treated poorly – or not being treated at all. Nursing homes are ...
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An Overview of Domestic Violence in Arizona

In Arizona, domestic violence involves violent offenses committed by an aggressor against members of his or her household. Victims may include a current or former spouse, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a ...
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What You Need to Know About Dog Bite Injuries

How Many People Suffer Dog Bite Injuries Each Year in the United States? In the United States, there are around 75 million dogs either in homes or roaming the streets. The Centers for Disease Control ...
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The Do's and Don'ts of an Arizona DUI Arrest

If you were recently arrested for drunk driving, you should know some common pitfalls to avoid. Our Phoenix DUI attorneys have compiled a list of things that you should and shouldn't do if you are ...
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What to Expect at Your Arraignment Hearing

If you were told that you will soon be arraigned for your crime, you may be curious about what this entails. What is an arraignment and why do you have to have one? An arraignment hearing will be the ...
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DUI Checkpoints: Can Police Search Your Car?

If you or someone you love finds yourself as a checkpoint – which are commonly set up during holidays – make sure you know your rights when it comes to police searches ! Unlawful Vehicle ...
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Memorial Day Weekend DUI Task Force Increasing Patrols Throughout Arizona

Memorial Day Weekend is here and for many that means more holiday parties, celebrations, and reasons to drink. Knowing that Americans tend to celebrate with alcoholic beverages, law enforcement ...
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What Constitutes an Unlawful Stop?

What You Need to Know About Unlawful Police Stops in Phoenix When can a law enforcement officer pull you over and when is it illegal? Many people are uncertain about their rights and become victims of ...
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Don't Get a DUI This Super Bowl Sunday

If you plan on watching the Super Bowl and enjoying a few drinks with friends, make sure you don’t drive. Statistics show that there is a 77 percent increase in alcohol-related crashes causing ...
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Drivers: Be Careful This New Year's Eve!

Did you know that New Year’s Day is the second most dangerous time of the year for drivers? With so much celebrating going on, many accidents are caused by drivers that had too much to drink ...
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What Happens if I Get an Out-of-State DUI?

A DUI charge is never a good thing to have on your driving record, but it can be even worse if it occurs out-of-state. As if criminal penalties weren’t enough, you will also face license ...
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Arizona Holiday DUI Enforcement Now Underway

Arizona police have announced that DUI enforcement efforts will increase from now through the end of the year in order to combat drunk driving during the holidays, when arrests for driving under the ...
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Arizona Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana Card Holders are Not Exempt from DUI Charges

On November 20, the Arizona Supreme Court determined that medical-marijuana cardholders are not automatically exempt from DUI laws if they are pulled over and accused of having marijuana or marijuana ...
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Do Juvenile Crimes Increase on Halloween Night?

Halloween is nearly here and many people are gearing up for a night of festive fun. Whether handing out candy, dressing up in costume, or attending parties, there is something for everyone! As much ...
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Arizona Marijuana Measure Could Appear on November 2016 Ballot

Marijuana advocates throughout Arizona are collecting signatures to help a marijuana-legalization measure appear on the November 2016 ballot. Proponents argue that legalizing marijuana could generate ...
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Cases Where DUI Can Be Charged as a Felony in Arizona

Driving under the influence ( DUI ) may be a relatively common offense, but it still remains a serious criminal charge that poses serious penalties and long-term consequences. Depending on the facts ...
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New Arizona Law Will Protect Seniors from Unqualified In-Home Caregivers

A new Arizona law sponsored by Republican Senator Nancy Barto is aimed at helping protect senior citizens from bad in-home caregivers. The law will require agencies who provide non-medical, in-home ...
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