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You don't have to face DUI charges alone this holiday season

'Tis the season for celebrations in Arizona and across the nation. People everywhere will be enjoying a cocktail at their employer's holiday parties, sipping eggnog with their families, and popping the cork off a bottle of champagne at New Year's. However, this also means that police in Arizona will be on high alert for those they think are driving under the influence.

Sometimes, even innocent people are caught in the net of police attempting to apprehend drunk drivers. This can be a very confusing and frightening situation. People may be afraid that they will lose their driver's license, that they will incur fines or that they might even be sent to jail. As hard as it might be, what they should remember is that the Constitution affords them the right to remain silent, and they should do so. While they may decide to allow police to perform a breath test or blood test, they need not say anything without an attorney.

3 ways a criminal conviction impacts your life

When people think of a criminal conviction, they often think jail time, court fees, fines and attorney expenses. In reality, the cost of a criminal conviction goes far beyond legal costs. If you receive a conviction for a drug crime, for example, it could cause you problems in obtaining employment or even renting an apartment. This is one of the reasons why it is important to prepare a solid defense to present to the court on trial day.

If you or a loved one is facing a drug possession charge, the repercussions could haunt you for years. They can affect everything from your freedom to your ability to earn a good wage.

Domestic violence charges cannot be dropped easily

No family is perfect. Most individuals in Arizona will get into a fight with their spouse, child, romantic partner or other family member from time to time. Most of the times these fights are ultimately not that serious, and the parties resolve the situation relatively quickly and easily. However, other times, one party will claim the other party has committed an act of domestic violence, which could open a "Pandora's box" of legal ramifications for the accused.

People might assume that domestic abuse only refers to physical attacks. However, domestic abuse could include emotional abuse, sexual assault, financial abuse and neglect. Some specific crimes in Arizona that could constitute domestic abuse include assault and battery with or without a weapon, trespassing, intimidating witnesses, kidnapping, making threats and disorderly conduct.

Law aims to give young people in Arizona a chance at redemption

It goes without saying that kids make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are relatively minor while other times these mistakes have landed the juvenile in legal hot water, where they were punished harshly. However, according to the current federal case law, courts must not sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole. The case that gives us that law is also applicable to juveniles who have previously been sentenced to life in prison for murder. In Arizona, there are 34 juveniles already serving life without parole who will now need to be resentenced. However, it remains to be seen how this law will be logistically applied in future cases.

Some issues this law presents are regarding the standards already set for the sentencing of juveniles. Previously, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated that, when considering a life sentence, the court should treat juveniles different from adults, as juveniles are developmentally less mature and are better able to change their ways in the future.

Can a sex crime conviction affect where one can live?

Sex crimes carry significant penalties, some of which last even after a person has served their time in prison. When a person in Arizona commits certain sex crimes against children, not only may they have to register as a sex offender, but it could even affect where that person is able to live.

One crime against children that could affect where a person can live is sexual assault of a minor. Under Arizona law, even after a person is convicted of this crime and is released from prison, they cannot live within 1,000 feet of certain places.

Number of Arizona juveniles placed in adult jails soars

The number of juveniles in Maricopa County, Arizona, that have been placed in jails meant for adults has increased almost two-fold since one year ago. It has been reported by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that, as of right now, there are 92 juveniles in MCSO jails. Of those juveniles, 79 are facing charges as adults and are waiting for their trials to commence. Also, three of the juveniles are being charged as such, but the MCSO is holding them for federal authorities.

According to the MCSO Deputy Chief, there aren't any other jails in Arizona that will take in these juveniles who have orders from federal judges to be placed into the custody of the MCSO. Also, other jails will not take in juveniles who are facing charges of homicide or other dangerous crimes.

Man running for seat in Arizona Senate charged with assault

Being a politician means having every aspect of your professional and personal life scrutinized. Therefore, politicians who are charged with a crime may be judged harshly by the public, even if it turns out they are innocent. One Arizona man running for a seat in the state senate may face such scrutiny after having been charged with assault after an alleged altercation with his former girlfriend.

The incident reportedly took place back in April. Officers were called to an apartment that the man and his then girlfriend lived in. The man had allegedly pushed his girlfriend while they were fighting over a missing debit card. The man also reportedly destroyed his girlfriend's computer, broke a television screen, and, when his girlfriend tried to hide from him in the bedroom, kicked a hole in the door. His girlfriend then reportedly ran outside and shouted for a relative who was waiting in an automobile to notify the authorities.

Even minor juvenile drug crimes could haunt your child for life

Being a teenager unusually involves making some mistakes. For many young people, experiential learning is the best way for them to better understand the world and their place within it. Unfortunately, some kinds of mistakes can have longer-lasting results that others. Getting a traffic ticket or forgetting to study for a test can cause minor setbacks that result in little, if any, permanent damage. Getting caught with so much as a joint in their pocket, however, could completely alter the future for teenagers, especially if the criminal justice system ends up involved.

Although laws around the nation about marijuana are in a state of flux, Arizona still has a firm stance about the prohibition of marijuana. More importantly, no states have legalized the substance for recreational use by minors. Only adults can legally own and use recreational marijuana, even in states with full legalization in place. In Arizona, where marijuana possession is a felony, a teenager caught in possession of any amount could face life-altering consequences.

Don't let drug charges derail your future

A trend in some states these days when it comes to drug laws is to decriminalize the use of certain drugs or even legalize certain drugs at a state level -- marijuana in particular. However, while some states are starting to be more lenient when it comes to drug crimes, Arizona is not one of them. Those convicted of possessing, manufacturing or trafficking drugs in Arizona can anticipate a harsh punishment.

Drug crimes are common in Arizona, as it is a border state. However, it is important that a person's constitutional rights are not violated if they are charged with a drug crime. For example, in general, police need probable cause to conduct a traffic stop or perform a search of one's residence. Also, a person has the right not to say anything incriminating, and, in fact, can remain silent if they are arrested.

Domestic violence charges can affect one's right to buy a firearm

Oftentimes, a domestic dispute comes down to nothing more than a "he said, she said," argument. Unfortunately, some people will claim -- even falsely -- that an act of domestic violence has occurred. This is very serious, as being charged with domestic violence can affect a person's rights in Arizona, including the right to purchase or own a firearm.

Under the Lautenberg Amendment in the U.S. Code, it is against the law to sell or dispose of a firearm to a person if there exists "reasonable cause to believe" that the person has committed an act of domestic violence, even if it was merely a misdemeanor charge. Moreover, even if a person's domestic violence conviction is set aside, they still might not be able to possess a firearm, particularly if the offense involved a serious injury, the use of a deadly instrument or if the person harmed was under age 15.

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