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.
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.
Three teenagers, including one who is legally a minor, were arrested by Prescott Valley police because they shot a firearm in a local park. The firearm was reportedly a stolen weapon, but there was no allegation that the teens were the ones who stole it.
Getting charged with a crime of domestic violence, even if it is the first time a person has been in any kind of legal trouble, is a serious affair. In addition to having to face the possibility of jail time, probation and the like, a conviction on crimes related to domestic violence have far-reaching civil consequences. This is true even when the crimes one is accused of are classified as misdemeanors.
Many times, a person in Arizona who was convicted of a crime and has served their sentence may find that their criminal record is making it difficult for them to find housing and employment, as well as affecting other rights they may have. This is because the person's arrest is showing up when landlords, employers and others perform a background check on the person. Therefore, Arizonans in such situations may wish to have their convictions "set-aside."