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Is Amnesia a Defense to Criminal Charges?

May 12, 2021 | Criminal Defense

To be convicted of a crime, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant had the mental state to commit the crime. In most cases, proof of intent or recklessness is required to achieve a guilty verdict. Accidentally injuring someone, for example, does not constitute the crime of physical assault in Arizona. It may be possible… read more

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An Analysis of Gun Laws by State

April 2, 2021 | News

The Second Amendment provides all United States citizens with the basic right to bear firearms. However, this essential right to gun ownership has, unfortunately, come with a contentious debate of what it means to own a firearm in the United States. As gun violence and gun deaths have spiked in some states, this has led… read more

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What Is the Insanity Defense?

February 22, 2021 | Criminal Defense

Insanity is a controversial and uncommon defense strategy used in criminal law. This defense asserts that the accused party – the defendant – was legally insane at the time he or she committed a crime and therefore should be found not guilty. Studies show that only about 1% of all felony cases in the US… read more

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Entrapment as a Defense

February 17, 2021 | Criminal Defense

When someone is charged with a crime in Arizona, that party has the right to dispute the charges using a suitable defense. There are many defense strategies used by criminal defendants in Arizona. One is entrapment. Learn more about the entrapment defense and how it works to determine whether this is a usable strategy for… read more

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What Is an Alibi Defense?

February 15, 2021 | Criminal Defense

An alibi defense is a tactic a defendant may use during a criminal case. In basic terms, an alibi defense asserts that the defendant was not present at the scene of the crime when the crime was committed. Using the alibi defense typically requires evidence, such as receipts, video footage or signed statements from witnesses…. read more

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