Have you heard of
Operation Justice V? At least 231 people in the greater Phoenix area have. State and federal
law enforcement officials just ended a project they called Operation Justice
V, an attempt at wrangling individuals with outstanding felony warrants.
In total, 231 people were arrested the week of April 15, 2013. This special
operation was a combined effort of U.S. Marshals as well as state, local
and federal officials. This week of arrests was executed as a part of
National Crime Victims' Rights week.
Half of the total arrests made were of individuals with felony drug-related
warrants, harkening the DEA's involvement. Although there was a high
drug arrests, there were also many arrests for other crimes such as sex offenses,
arson, threatening and even attempted first-degree
murder. One of the arrests made was of a man accused of three counts of
sexual assault on a 4-year-old child.
By law, anyone who is arrested and does not show up for their mandated
court appearances can have a bench warrant filed against them. An arrest
warrant is issued by a judge and it allows law enforcement to arrest someone
on sight. Bench warrants are distinct from arrest warrants. While a bench
warrant will allow law enforcement to take someone into custody after
failing to show up for a hearing, an arrest warrant is issued against
someone that is suspected of a crime. In this case, the 231 arrests made
were against those who are suspected to have committed
Allegedly, after committing these crimes, these individuals fled and tried
to hide themselves so that they would not be arrested and charged. Some
people, however, are unaware that they are a suspect in a crime. If you
believe that you are a suspect or have been notified by law enforcement
of your suspected participation in a crime, then it is best to contact
an attorney as soon as possible. Sweeping arrests such as this are not
incredibly common, but you could be sought out and arrested if you are
believed to have been involved in some sort of criminal activity.
Particularly in the event of felony allegations, it is important to utilize
your right to remain silent and contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Speak with a Phoenix criminal defense attorney from Knowles Law Firm,
PLC today. Our firm can evaluate your case and explain the charges that
you face. Our goal as a defense firm is to build the strongest possible
cases for clients so that we can advocate for their innocence. To learn
more about how our firm could assist you, call today.