In Arizona, and specifically in Maricopa County, after the Arraignment but before the Trial, many pretrial conferences are held in the criminal courts. In Scottsdale, there may only be two of them before the court sets the case to trial. In some courts in Phoenix Municipal Court, as many as five or more are held….

In this video, Phoenix lawyer David A. Black discusses arraignments in the context of criminal law; specficially addressed are the broad questions of What is an Arraignment? What happens at an Arraignment? And are there differences between felony and misdemeanor Arraignments. As always, viewers are encouraged to visit Phoenix Criminal Lawyer for more information, or…

In our blog of December 22, 2011, we informed you of the passage of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act (Title 36, Chapter 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes).  In the blog, we pointed out some apparent inconsistencies between the Federal and State laws. Specifically, the conduct authorized under the new Arizona law could constitute a violation…

In our blog of December 19, we warned you about the efforts of the DUI Task Force, and stepped up enforcement of the DUI laws through the end of the 2012 New Year’s weekend.  The figures are now in, and according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the crackdown has led to more than…

Did you ever wonder what the facts really are about underage drinking in Arizona?  The following statistics may interest you.  It is reported that when asked, over 28% of the population between the ages of 12 and 20 admitted to consuming alcohol over the prior month; and that 18% of the same population says they…

We hear about crime all over the news on a regular basis.  When it comes to street crime, the media seems to be in a constant frenzy.  But what are the real statistics in Phoenix? According to a recent report, the December arrest numbers for street crimes shows some interesting results.  The specifics are as…

If you have been charged with drunk driving (DUI or DWI) in Arizona, you might be interested in some recent changes in the law that went into effect on January 1, 2012.  The changes don’t modify the basic laws regarding the definition of a DUI, but they do affect the procedures and penalties associated with…

If you have been charged with a DUI in Arizona, you likely were given, in addition to a field sobriety test, what is commonly (but mistakenly) referred to as a “Breathalyzer” test.  In fact, “Breathalyzer” is a trade name for a specific brand of breath testing machines.  And in Arizona, only one brand of testing…

If you have been charged with assault in Arizona, you may be confused about not only the specifics of the charge, but also about the possible penalties you face.  Your confusion is understandable, since the assault laws in Arizona are not always easy to understand. Assault in Arizona is generally divided into 2 main categories: …

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