Articles Tagged with Arizona

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What Police and city officials are doing to take back their crime plagued city.    

As the trial begins for the murdered ASU student, Kyleigh Sousa, Tempe Police and City Officials try to prevent, and control crime and take back the downtown areas.

What was once the center of fun, and enjoyable activities, and entertainment, has now become the center of organized drug gangs and violence.  We are reminded of not only the tragic death of this ASU student, but the shoot- out last year between gang members at a popular nightclub.

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Under Arizona Law A.R.S. 28-2831 (I) (6) DUI sentencing includes use of certified Ignition Interlock Device (IID) among other penalties.

Following reinstatement of fog a 90 day suspension for Misdemeanor DUI first time offense, the defendant will be required to equip their vehicle with a certified IID. The period of time ordered by the court may be 6 months to one year depending on the circumstances of the conviction. Factors the judge considered includes whether or not the impairment was due to drugs or alcohol; the degree of impairment; status and validity of driver’s license at the time of the stop.

Definition of Ignition Interlock Device

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A Statute of Limitation is the time frame for which the State and prosecution have to bring criminal charges against a suspect.

Under A.R.S. § 13 – 107 time limits for which charges can be brought are either named by crime or criminal classification.

In general, the State has one year to bring charges for Misdemeanors and 7 years for Felonies. The court may grant an extension in which to prosecute charges if there is a justifiable reason that exists.

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10 facts about enforcement of Arizona’s Immigration Law SB 1070 

On September 18, 2012 District Judge Susan Bolton release a temporary restraining order on the controversial provisions in Arizona SB 1070. Since it became effective in 2010, it faced legal opposition which led to a US Supreme Court decision. At the center of the debate has been the center of the debate was the “Show me your paper’s” provision SB 1070 A.R.S. 11-1051 (B).  The United States Supreme Court held that that enforcement of this provision by the State of Arizona was constitutional.

Last week, the Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia’s weighed in on some common questions people have about how police will be forcing SB 1070 “Show me your papers” provision. Here are 10 things that a person can expect in a police stop:

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In Arizona, one primary factor for charging a suspect with possession of Marijuana with intent to sell is the quantity of a drug found in a person’s possession. In order to prosecute these charges there must be some additional evidence presented to support the charge. Examples may include proof beyond a reasonable doubt that you were intending to exchange something for the drugs such as cash, weapons, or other illegal drugs.

It could also include evidence of paraphernalia in close proximity to the drugs such as scales, ledgers, text or telephone records; baggies and other evidence that suggest the Marijuana was in a person’s possession for sale or intent to sell. Sometimes, co-defendant’s testimony in the same case or a different case leads to finding, arresting and prosecuting suspects for possession with intent to sell.

Classifications for Marijuana for sale or intent to sell

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Release Conditions – What the Judge Considers

Release conditions are set by the judge in consideration of assuring you will return to appear for your next court date. The judge considers many factors when setting release conditions including but not limited to:

  • Nature and seriousness of the charges;
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Arizona’s Marijuana Possession Laws

In Arizona person may be arrested for Marijuana Possession under ARS § 13-3405. In order to prosecute these charges, the state must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” the possessor knew or had reason to know, that the Marijuana was in their possession. If the person knowingly possessed the Marijuana, they may be charged with Felony. The severity of the charges and punishment depend on the following:

  • Nature of the charges;
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In Arizona, a motorist may be charged with Marijuana DUI, if they are under the influence of Marijuana, and they are driving “impaired to the slightest degree” A.R.S. 28 § 1381.

The burden of proof rests with prosecution to “prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that a person was actually driving impaired due to Marijuana found in their bloodstream.

Marijuana can actually remain in the blood stream for days and even weeks depending on how much was inhaled or ingested, and the frequency of use. In some cases, traces of Marijuana can be found after a month of use has passed.

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An individual has rights afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution; the Arizona State Constitution; Arizona Laws; and Procedural, Protocol and Criminal Court rights, and basic Civil Human Rights.

Your Rights at a DUI Stop in Chandler, AZ

  • You have the right not to be  pulled over for a traffic stop unless police have reasonable suspension that a violation of the law has occurred or is in progress;
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Motions to Suppress Evidence for Criminal Charges

The Arizona Rules of Procedure for criminal cases allows for the defendant to file a “Motion to Suppress” evidence in under specific circumstances. If a justified reason exists, your defense counsel, will file a “Motion” for the court to consider suppressing or disallowing the prosecution to use certain evidence against a defendant.

The motion must be justified and not frivolous. If the court agrees, to suppression of material evidence against a defendant, it often leads to a dismissal of charges.

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