Phoenix Criminal Defense Law Blog

The disturbing and common problem of false confessions

Would you ever confess to a crime you didn’t commit? Most of us would emphatically say “no.” But don’t be so sure. False confessions are far more common than you might think, and they often have devastating consequences.

In recent decades, the Innocence Project has helped exonerate more than 365 wrongfully convicted people in the United States and have studied the factors that led to the erroneous convictions. In about 25 percent of those cases, the convictions were based primarily or largely on false confessions.

A DUI can damage your career options

Imagine driving across Phoenix on your way home from work. It's Friday, so you decide to stop in and have a couple of cold ones at your favorite watering hole. At the end of happy hour, you hop back in your car and head home. You didn't drink much and you feel totally fine to be behind the wheel, but what if you get pulled over by the police? Would you still pass a Breathalyzer test?

Unfortunately, many drivers still get behind the wheel after drinking and even a seemingly minor buzz might be enough to put them over the blood alcohol limit. The resulting driving under the influence (DUI) charge could cost you thousands in fines and court fees and even land you jail. Moreover, a DUI can do some serious damage to your career prospects. Here are a few ways that a DUI can affect your job.

Arizona has great shopping and strict shoplifting laws

Although shoplifting in Arizona can be a serious crime, it’s easier than ever to mistakenly believe otherwise. It might seem too familiar for businesses or the authorities to take the crime all that seriously.

But don’t think a shoplifting arrest can be handled without serious attention, careful thinking and experienced legal counsel.

Gun Charges Arizona

What are the Guns and Weapons charges in Arizona?

Gun laws in Arizona tend to be lenient when compared to other states in the country. However, if you are accused or are caught using firearms or any kind of lethal weapons in Arizona, then the consequences can be quite severe. Law enforcement agencies go by the motto "use a gun, go to prison", which almost always leads to at least a plea offer which usually requires a mandatory prison sentence.

Common Defenses Weapon Crimes

Common defenses used in weapons and violence crimes

The US constitution has given every citizen the basic right to own and bear their own fire arms. However, what most people tend to overlook is that there are quite a few laws that control the use of firearms, depending on which state you are currently in. Regardless, guns are dangerous weapons, and their use is only allowed if you want to defend yourself from deadly force.

Mom Leaves 2 Sons In Her Car

When Shanesha Taylor, a 35-year-old homeless mother, left her two children in a hot car, it was not because she was abusive. She was actually going for a job interview and made the tough decision to lock her children in so they would be safe. Nevertheless, when someone noticed the children in the car they called the authorities, and Shanesha was charged with felony child abuse.

Here's An Example of How NOT to Behave During DUI Stop

In a previous entry, we shared tips for what to do if your arrested by law enforcement. To give you an idea of how to completely blow it, this entry will focus on a woman who probably wishes she had held her tongue.

Just How Does Blood Alcohol Content Affect Your Driving?

We hear a lot about blood alcohol concentration (BAC), but how exactly does it affect our ability to drive?

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