What happens once you have been arrested? How long can the police keep you in custody? When will I be released? These are common questions that come up regularly. It is understandably frightening to be arrested and not know what’s ahead. Fortunately, the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure provide a timeline which all police officers… read more
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
In Arizona, there is one major problem with the self-exclusion process in Arizona casinos. If you have a gambling problem, casinos have a process for these individuals. This process is where they can inform the casino of their gambling problem and can voluntarily request to be banned from the casino. This is known as the… read more
What constitutes self-defense in Arizona? Can I protect myself if I’m afraid someone is going to hurt me? You can, if you act reasonably. Arizona’s self defense statutes are Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-404 and § 13-405. Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-404 provides for a defense in using or threatening to use physical force that… read more
Imagine yourself, minding your own business, carrying your concealed pistol as you always do, walking down the street. You run into a friend of yours that you know is a real pothead and have a sudden urge to smoke. So, no big deal, you buy a joint off of him then and there. Only a… read more
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