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Auto Dealer Fraud in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • July, 28, 2022
Fraud is defined as a “scheme or artifice to defraud, knowingly obtains any benefit by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions” and to “deprive a person of the intangible right of honest services.” more...

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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: 58  

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: 133  

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: 334  

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: 228  

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: 189  

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: 399  

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: 339  

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: 677  

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: 194  

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: 270  

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: 207  

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: 278  

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: 695  

Domestic Violence and Homicides Surge in Phoenix During Pandemic

by Aaron M. Black • April, 08, 2021
All across our nation, pandemic lockdowns and restrictions have dramatically increased the rate of domestic violence and murder, two crimes that often are connected. During 2020, 51 cities of various sizes across the U.S. saw an average 35% jump in murder from 2019 to 2020, according to crime analyst Jeff Asher of Crimealytics in a Christian Science Monitor report published in December 2020. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 213  

Reducing Certain Felonies to a Misdemeanor Charge

by Aaron M. Black • March, 25, 2021
In certain situations involving a Class 6 felony, the least serious in the range of felonies, it may be possible to have the felony reduced to a Class 1 misdemeanor, the most serious in the misdemeanor class, but still much easier to live with than a felony conviction. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 508  

Arizona’s Criminal Trespassing Laws Explained

by Aaron M. Black • March, 12, 2021
Arizona’s compressed cities and sprawling ranches are protected by criminal trespassing law, which is also often alleged as a lesser included offense in arson, burglary, home invasion and robbery crimes. Even standing alone, a criminal trespassing conviction means a criminal record, time in jail, probation, and significant fines so it is not an inconsequential offense. Criminal trespassing law is broad ranging from, someone uninvited is on the private property of someone’s home, to criminal damage. The laws are codified in three sections of Arizona’s Revised Statutes for first, second, and third degree offenses. more...

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Ways to Avoid Self-Incrimination While in Custody

by Aaron M. Black • February, 11, 2021
If law enforcement has arrested you for a crime, then it is important to know how to conduct yourself. You do not want to have your words or actions used against you in court. Criminal defense attorney Aaron Black explains how to avoid self-incrimination while in custody. more...

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Christmas and the New Year See Spikes in Domestic Violence in Phoenix

by Aaron M. Black • December, 18, 2020
Since the pandemic began, calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 140 percent over calls a year ago according to the Phoenix Police Department. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 184  

Arizona’s Criminal Accessary and Accomplice Law

by Aaron M. Black • December, 11, 2020
On its face it may seem unfair for someone to be criminally charged for an act performed by someone else. But those who in any way assist someone to commit or cover up a crime will face the same charges and penalties as the actual perpetrator. more...

Posted in: Criminal Defense  |   Views: 326  

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