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Arizona teenagers face allegations of vandalism at school

It is unavoidable that Arizona teens will get into mischief. Some of it is harmless. However, there are times when their behavior is against the law and they will face arrest for allegations of having committed juvenile crimes. Although they might not be under the impression that a crime such as vandalism is serious, it can have a negative impact on their lives and must be met with a strong defense to seek an acceptable resolution. For this, having legal assistance is a must.

Two teens were arrested on vandalism charges. According to the investigation, the 15-year-olds entered a school at approximately 4 p.m. and went into a classroom. The room had extensive damage when law enforcement saw what had happened. Glass had been broken, there was a fire in a garbage can, a fire extinguisher was used, and drawings of an explicit nature were on the whiteboard. A name was written as well and there was an attempt to erase it. Upon reading the name, the officers investigated the teen.

Do I have to take those field sobriety tests?

Even those who have never been stopped or in a car that was stopped for a sobriety check probably have some idea of what field sobriety tests are.

Basically, a law enforcement officer who suspects she has encountered a drunk driving will give a series of tests, usually involving balance and coordination, that supposedly indicated whether or not someone is intoxicated. These tests include asking a suspect to walk in a straight line, stand on one leg while doing some other activity and tracking a lot with one's eyes.

Review of how a set aside works

Unlike other states, Arizona has no formal process to expunge one's criminal records. If a person gets convicted of a crime in Arizona, there will be a permanent record of that fact, and the conviction may come up in future job interviews and the like.

However, Arizona does allow judges to give certain criminal defendants the benefit of what is called a set aside. As the name implies, a set aside literally means that a criminal conviction has, after the fact, been legally set aside.

Two young men arrested on drug, theft charges

Prescott Valley police detained two young men, an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old, on misdemeanor crimes related to the use of drugs. In addition to the drug charges, police also say that they discovered evidence of other criminal activity. In the course of the investigation that originally was drug-related, police and prosecutors also filed multiple counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

By the final count, the young men are facing 6 felonies and 60 misdemeanors between the two of them. An investigation is ongoing, and so additional criminal charges are possible. Police have also called for those who are missing property to come forward in this case, but they have otherwise not provided detailed information about this ongoing investigation.

What to expect if your child is facing criminal charges

It is not uncommon for a teenager to get into a little trouble at some point. However, when things escalate from skipping school to more serious crimes, you might find yourself dealing with the juvenile criminal justice system in Prescott Valley. While you might be familiar with how the criminal justice system works for adults, it is quite different when it comes to juveniles.

If your child is facing criminal charges, it is important to understand how the system works so that you are not caught off guard during the process. Here are a few things you should know about the juvenile criminal justice system.

What is sexting and how is it handled?

Simply put, sexting is when one person, usually via instant message or other electronic media, sends a sexually explicit image of himself or herself to at least one other person, usually a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Between consenting adults, sexting may well be a private act that is not criminal. However, minor children, including teenagers, are legally not allowed to engage in sexting in Arizona, even if it is with each other. A grown man or woman who is caught sending explicit images to an underage child will obvious face serious legal consequences as well.

Statistics on the frequency of false reports of sexual assault

While the news media, quite correctly, will often remind the residents of Prescott Valley, Arizona, about how traumatic it is to be a victim of sexual assault, it is also traumatic to be the victim of a false accusation of rape or sexual misconduct.

Even allegations of sex crimes can ruin a person's reputation and damage their professional opportunities severely. Moreover, sex crimes often prompt an aggressive prosecution, as the general public expects prosecutors to come down hard on sex offenders. Someone who is convicted of a sex crime, rightly or wrongly, will immediately face severe penalties, including years or even decades in prison.

Pastor accused of additional sex offenses

As happens often with professionals who work closely with families and children, an Arizona pastor finds himself faced with additional accusations of molestation and other crimes involving the sexual abuse of children.

The pastor, who is no longer in active ministry, is facing charges related to the alleged sexual touching of the victim. There are also charges of physical assault on the child. The pastor is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond, even though the state had requested he be held without the possibility of bail.

Fighting the consequence of a domestic violence conviction

Previous posts on this blog have talked about how even a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence can have far-reaching consequences on a person's personal and professional.

Even if a person can manage to avoid jail time, they will likely have strict terms of probation that include expensive counseling and a no-contact order. Perhaps more importantly, even for first-time offenders, other laws kick in to play so that an Arizona resident may, for example, lose his or her right to have a gun and may have a hard time seeing his or her children in an unsupervised setting.

What does it mean to be accused of shoplifting?

Seeing something in a store that you love might make you want to do whatever you can do to get it. Unfortunately, some people, including teens and young adults, decide to just take the items without paying. This is known as shoplifting and can lead to very serious criminal charges.

Many people think that shoplifting is a minor offense. However, it can have great impacts on the remainder of the person's life. There are many points that you need to know about this criminal charge.

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