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Evidence Tampering is a Felony Offense in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • March, 24, 2023
Evidence tampering in Arizona covers a range of unlawful actions. These include altering, concealing, destroying, or falsifying any type of physical or computer evidence related to a criminal case and swaying or intimidating witnesses. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 646  

Defending the Fifth - Alec Baldwin Declined the Right to Remain Silent

by Aaron M. Black • February, 03, 2023
Actor Alec Baldwin, now charged in New Mexico with involuntary manslaughter and a second charge of reckless disregard of safety without due caution and circumspection, which is a more serious offense, made a terrible mistake – he abandoned the Fifth Amendment protection and started talking during a police interview. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 1175  

Criminal Defense For Auto Theft Cases in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • January, 13, 2023
Stealing a car or truck in Arizona is one of the most common offenses authorities encounter – a vehicle is stolen every 33 minutes in Arizona – but that does not mean they are lax in investigating auto theft cases. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 598  

Carjacking in Arizona Falls Under Armed Robbery Law

by Aaron M. Black • December, 06, 2022
Carjacking in Arizona is an armed robbery, a dangerous offense carrying harsh and long-lasting penalties. more...

Posted in: Carjacking  |   Views: 661  

Issues for Bailing Out of Jail in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • November, 01, 2022
Before making national headlines in some states and communities, Arizona addressed the issue of catch and release programs and letting people out of jail without posting bail. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 509  

Arizona’s White Collar Forgery Conviction Means Prison

by Aaron M. Black • October, 20, 2022
Forgery is a white collar crime, which is defined as a nonviolent act for concealing or deceiving someone or a business for personal gain. Even without an act of violence, forgery is a felony in AZ, and a conviction means serious time in prison and hefty fines reaching into six figures. more...

Posted in: White-Collar Crime  |   Views: 528  

Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • October, 03, 2022
Arizona punishes simple misbehavior and serious unlawful conduct through its firearm laws, these are not a violation of the second amendment. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 1004  

Smash and Grab Retail Thefts in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • June, 23, 2022
If you or a loved one have been charged or are under investigation for smash and grab theft or another theft offense... more...

Posted in: Burlary Defense  |   Views: 640  

Defending Arson Offences in Arizona’s Courts

by Aaron M. Black • May, 19, 2022
Arson laws in Arizona cover structure, property, wildland, reckless and cross burning fires, and the charges can be misdemeanors or felonies for “knowingly and unlawfully” committing arson. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 582  

What You Need to Know About Self-Defense in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • March, 28, 2022
Using deadly physical force to defend yourself is allowed in AZ. “A person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself..." more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 14982  

Ramifications of a Burglary Conviction in Phoenix

by Aaron M. Black • February, 18, 2022
Burglary is defined in Arizona law as entering and unlawfully remaining in a structure or on property intending to commit a theft or any other felony while inside. A conviction can result even if nothing was stolen during the break-in. All that is required is having the intent to steal. more...

Posted in: Burlary Defense  |   Views: 675  

Celebratory Shooting Arrests Made in Greater Phoenix

by Aaron M. Black • February, 03, 2022
Authorities arrested five men in four separate criminal negligence incidents for allegedly firing bullets into the air on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the arrival of 2022. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 552  

Phoenix is a Hot Spot for Road Rage

by Aaron M. Black • December, 28, 2021
Road rage begins with aggressive driving, which is a traffic offense, and road rage moves the offense into the criminal code as a very serious felony with prison, significant fines and life-changing restrictions as punishments. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 1013  

Fentanyl Smuggling Soars in Arizona Counties

by Aaron M. Black • December, 06, 2021
Those selling or trafficking Fentanyl open themselves to a Class 2 felony carrying long prison sentences if convicted and a drastically altered life after release from prison. Here are just a few examples of fentanyl cases so far this year... more...

Posted in: Drug Trafficking  |   Views: 840  

Arizona’s Receiving Stolen Property Law

by Aaron M. Black • October, 24, 2021
Unknowingly buying stolen property is not an excuse. You can still be prosecuted. That is because the law wants to discourage anyone to benefit from a crime. A person who knowingly buys something that was stolen is colluding with the criminal and is equally guilty. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 2077  

Peremptory Challenges in Juror Selection to End in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • September, 13, 2021
The centuries old practice of dismissing potential jurors without providing a reason, called peremptory, will end in Arizona at the beginning of 2022, ruled the Arizona Supreme Court. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 460  

Living Dangerously: Racing on Greater Phoenix Freeways and Streets

by Aaron M. Black • July, 19, 2021
If you drive the 101, 202 or the 303 a lot you might have seen a speeding car zipping in and out of traffic and taking chances. You may have seen two cars doing that together. Either way you have witnessed the dangerous activity of racing on greater Phoenix freeways. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 605  

Phoenix Hit-and-Run Law: Drivers Running Scared

by Aaron M. Black • June, 04, 2021
Drivers who are unfortunate enough to hit someone in Phoenix and make a snap decision to flee the scene are bringing more trouble upon themselves. Circumstances of the misfortune may lead to a viable defense for a felony hit-and-run crime. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 493  

US Supreme Court Weighs Warrantless Searches for Misdemeanors

by Aaron M. Black • May, 06, 2021
Law enforcement in Arizona has every right to enter a home in hot pursuit of a felony suspect but the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding if law officers can legally enter private property in misdemeanor cases without a search warrant. Any evidence gathered during an illegal search cannot be used against the defendant. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 845  

Arizona’s Street Gang and Criminal Syndicate Law Explained

by Aaron M. Black • April, 22, 2021
Arizona legislators have enacted laws aimed at street and syndicate gangs to curtail criminal behavior including drive-by shootings; illicit drug sales; weapon violations; homicide and graffiti; assault; burglary; rape; drug possession, use, sales and trafficking; smuggling and homicide, among other offenses. Organized crimes are aggressively prosecuted and the sentences are harsh because these crimes are considered attacks on society. Members of street gangs and organized crime who are convicted often continue their associations in the form of prison gangs. Those convicted under gang laws face harsh penalties, and in certain cases will not qualify for probation. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 2296  

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