Criminal Defense Law

Criminal defense law consists of the legal protections afforded to people who have been accused of committing a crime. Law enforcement agencies and government prosecutors have extensive resources at their disposal. Without adequate protections for the accused, the balance of power within the justice system would become skewed in favor of the government. As it is, fair treatment for criminal defendants often depends as much upon the skill of their defense attorney as it does the substantive protections contained in the law.

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  • Expunctions in Texas

    A criminal record can have far-reaching consequences, even if the criminal charges do not result in a conviction. Fortunately, Texas law provides an opportunity for expunction to people who were arrested but their cases were dismissed or they were found not guilty after trial. However, you will not be eligible for an expunction if you were placed on probation, deferred adjudication, or you finished your case by doing jail time.

  • Sexual Exploitation of a Minor/Child Pornography - A.R.S. §13-3553

    In the Phoenix area or anywhere else in the State of Arizona, as per A.R.S. §13-3553, sexual exploitation of a minor, also commonly referred to as child pornography, is a very serious offense that is classified a class 2 felony.

  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Arizona

    Laws in Phoenix and across Arizona require anyone convicted of specific sexual crimes or attempted sexual offenses to register as a sex offender. A.R.S §13-3821 and§13-3824 detail these laws and the related crimes that require registration.

  • Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Arizona - A.R.S. §13-1405

    In the Phoenix area or anywhere else in the State of Arizona, an individual can commit the crime of sexual conduct with a minor when they knowingly and intentionally engage in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with a person under the age of 18.

  • Burglary Offenses in the Tampa Bay Area

    Simply put, burglary involves entering a house, structure, business, or vehicle without the consent of the owner and with the intent to commit a criminal offense once inside. Burglary is an invasive property crime that can have some very serious, life altering consequences for the accused person.

  • Rape Charges Dropped Against Texas Judge

    The Dallas police department dropped charges against a Texas civil court judge after a month-long investigation. According to investigators, the lack of evidence presented in the case meant the charges would never hold up to a conviction in court.

  • Texas Increases No-Refusal DWI Checkpoints Over the 4th of July Weekend

    Holiday weekends are known for increased DWI arrests and tragic alcohol related traffic fatalities. In an effort to thwart this trend, Texas increased no-refusal checkpoints across the state for the 2014 4th of July Weekend.

  • Warrantless Searches in Texas

    It is against the law for police or law enforcement officers to search you and your property without a warrant or consent. However, in some cases this does not stop them. That doesn't mean that the evidence obtained against you illegally cannot be used in court though. In some instances, evidence obtained in an illegal or warrantless search can still be used in Texas courts.

  • Probation Violations in Arizona

    When an individual is sentenced for a specific crime and is out on probation, it is absolutely essential that he or she complies with the terms of that probation. Terms of probation can include refraining from using illegal drugs, consuming alcohol, possessing a weapon or even committing a new crime. If the defendant violates their probation, the probation officer can file a document that is called “Petition to Revoke Probation” and can issue a warrant for the person’s arrest.

  • Possession of Marijuana and the Law in Texas

    Many states are legalizing marijuana, but in Texas the possession of marijuana is still a crime. Still farmers continue to grow the valuable cash crop along Texas' fertile farmlands. Learn what the penalties and fines are for possessing marijuana in Texas, and what the future may hold for the legalization of marijuana in Texas.

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