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Can I Shoot an Intruder in My Home?

May 21, 2019 | assault & violent crimes

You hear a crash in the middle of the night and walk into your living room to investigate.  You see a masked man with a balaclava and he starts moving to you.  What can you do? Am I allowed to shoot an intruder in my house? The answer is that it depends. Using deadly physical… read more

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Are Some Drugs Worse Than Others?

May 14, 2019 | drugs

In the world of Arizona criminal law, not all drugs are treated equally.  Depending on the drug involved in your case and what you did with it, the penalties vary wildly across the board. If you’re charged with a drug offense in Arizona, the first thing you should know about is Proposition 200.  Proposition 200… read more

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Fighting Back Against Mugshot Websites

May 8, 2019 | News

On April 1, 2019 Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2191 into law. AZ Defenders is proud to be the author of the soon to be law, and one of the driving forces responsible for its being passed into law.  This bill targets what is now defined as mugshot website operators. Mugshot website operators are companies that… read more

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Owning a “Bump Stock” is Now a Felony

April 14, 2019 | News

If you own a bump stock, then as of March 25, 2019, you are committing a federal felony. What is a bump stock?  Simply, it is a device that uses the recoil of a semi-automatic firearm to fire bullets in a more rapid fashion.  They are also devices that can be used by those with… read more

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If I am a prohibited possessor can I still carry a knife?

April 11, 2019 | assault & violent crimes

If I am a prohibited possessor can I still carry a knife? It’s a simple question, but it requires us to delve into the definitions that Arizona’s Misconduct Involving Weapons statutes uses. First, what is a Prohibited Possessor?  Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3101(7), a prohibited possessor is defined as any person who falls into… read more

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