When there is an arrest and a conviction in Prescott Valley and across Arizona, it is not simply the case itself that can have a negative impact on a person's life. There are other issues that can hinder a person long after he or she has paid the debt to society. Having a criminal record can prevent the person from getting certain jobs, being admitted to the school or the military and much more. People are frequently unaware that they have options to have a record clear of convictions so they will be judged on their merits rather than mistakes they might have made in the past.
In Arizona and across the U.S., teens are inundated with material that might not be suitable for them at their impressionable age. Peer pressure, not understanding the law and how they can be impacted by long-term consequences by one mistake can cause major problems in a juvenile's life. Sexting and other acts might not seem to be the basis for criminal charges to the juvenile, but if there are allegations of illegality with an underage person, it can be extensively problematic.
When minors make mistakes, it's understandable. They may not have much life experience with certain things, so it's normal to see a teenager or young adult make mistakes.
People who are unfamiliar with Arizona drug law might classify all offenses in the same general category. However, when there is an arrest, there is a significant difference between low-level offenses such as possessing a small amount of marijuana and serious offenses that can involve drug sale, drug trafficking and drug distribution in massive amounts. The sentencing for a conviction will also differ. For those who are arrested on drug offenses and labeled a serious drug offender, having a strong legal defense is critical.
Throughout our state, law enforcement is vigilant in its attempts to find and stop drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Since DUI is one of the main causes of accidents with injuries and fatalities, it has harsh penalties associated with it should there be a conviction. These penalties can increase in severity depending on the circumstances. Jail time, fines, a driver license revocation and more can be part of the consequences when they are assessed. While no one is suggesting it is appropriate to drive under the influence, it is important to remember that not everyone who is charged is automatically guilty. Having a legal defense is a critical factor in addressing the issues in the case.