In order to commit a crime, with one important exception, there must be both a culpable act (called an actus reus), and a culpable mental state (called a mens rea). But what exactly does a mental state mean in the context of crimes? Arizona recognizes four different mental states: Intentionally Knowingly Recklessly Negligently Intentionally Committing… read more
Miranda Rights Explained Everyone has watched a police procedural and heard the following after the metal clink of handcuffs closing: You have the right to remain silent. Everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one… read more
Driving with an open container in your car in Arizona is a big deal. If you’re convicted of violating the open container law, Arizona Revised Statutes § 4-251, then you will have a Class 2 Misdemeanor on your record. This is a serious offense, which can carry up to 4 months in jail, a fine… read more
Being charged with a felony in the Maricopa County Superior Court is incredibly intimidating. However, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in reducing the anxiety that accompanies facing a felony simply by virtue of not knowing what is going on. Read on to learn more and if you have any further… read more
Imagine a spurned lover or a soon to be ex-spouse going to Court, telling a judge horrible things that you supposedly did to them and your children, and receiving an order from the Court forbidding you from seeing your children, all without ever having your side of the story heard. This is exactly what happens… read more
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