Criminal Law Blog

Can You Go to Jail for Misdemeanor Assault in Arizona?

Though people often associate “assault” with bodily injury or violent contact, “assault” refers to a broad range of offenses that do not necessarily involve physical injuries.  Arizona’s law on misdemeanor assault covers injurious behavior and also touching or threatening to inflict harm. What is Misdemeanor Assault? “Misdemeanor assault” is threatening...
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Probation: Distinguishing Theory from Practice

This article discusses the intent behind probation; why probation’s expectations are unrealistic the majority of the time; and what being on probation is really like. Please keep in mind, this content is generalized; everything discussed does not apply to all situations or every person. Probation is intended to focus on...
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Arizona Domestic Violence Laws

What is Domestic Violence? Under Arizona law, “Domestic Violence” (“DV”) is not a crime, it is an enhancement. It is vital for you to understand “Domestic” and “Violence” are separate words. “Domestic” is defined by the relationship. DV enhancements are proscribed through A.R.S. §13-3601(A) and described as “relationships” between the defendant and...
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Arizona Rights Restoration

Motion to Set Aside conviction?  Isn’t this just an “Expungement?” To answer this question we need to peel back a few layers. 1) Type of Conviction: In Arizona, a person can be convicted of a Misdemeanor or a Felony (or a combination of the two). A misdemeanor is a crime...
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Self-Defense Laws in Arizona

Assaulting another person is prohibited under Arizona law. However, physical force may be justified in certain circumstances, such as self-defense and crime prevention. If you’ve acted in self-defense and have been charged with a crime, you should retain a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Goldman...
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