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Arizona Expungement Laws

In Arizona, state law permits certain individuals who have arrests, criminal convictions or sentences on their permanent records to have these records sealed or expunged. This law has been in effect since December 31, 2022, replacing what used to only allow for the setting aside of criminal records. What Is Criminal Record Expungement? Expungement is a legal process that allows someone who has a prior criminal conviction on his or her record to erase or seal it from public view.

Can a Felon in Arizona Own a Gun?

It is a federal law, not just a state law, that prohibits individuals who are convicted of felony crimes from owning guns. The right to bear arms is one of multiple civil rights that a convicted felon loses in Arizona, as well as the right to vote and travel to certain countries. However, you may be able to restore your right to own a gun in Arizona by having your record expunged or set aside. Gun Ownership Laws in Arizona

Do “No Trespassing” Signs Apply to Police Officers?

In Arizona, posting a “No Trespassing” sign on your property could prevent police officers from entering to conduct a search or seizure. The United States Constitution grants individuals a right to expect privacy on their own properties. However, there are circumstances where law enforcement can bypass a “No Trespassing” sign and legally enter a property in Arizona. The Fourth Amendment and Your Privacy Rights The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right of American citizens to feel secure

What Is Considered a Class 4 Felony in Arizona?

Arizona categorizes felony offenses into six different classes based on the severity of the crime. The smaller the number, the more severe the offense. A class 4 felony falls close to the middle of the spectrum. It is more severe than class 5 and 6 felonies, but less severe than class 3, 2 and 1 felonies. Many different crimes in Arizona are categorized as class 4 felonies. Class 4 Felony Crimes in Arizona In Arizona, there are infractions, misdemeanors and

Is There a Difference Between Being Arrested and Detained?

During a criminal case, the terms “arrested” and “detained” are often used interchangeably. However, these are two different situations with important legal distinctions. Whether you have been detained or arrested in Phoenix, your legal rights remain the same – including the right to remain silent and the right to have a Phoenix criminal defense attorney represent you. What Is an Arrest? An arrest means that law enforcement has taken a suspect into their physical custody based on probable cause that

What Is “Wet and Reckless” Charge?

A “wet and reckless,” often shortened to wet reckless, is a type of plea bargain where a prosecutor in Arizona agrees to reduce a misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI) charge down to a reckless driving charge. This can result in lesser penalties and reduced impacts on the defendant’s life, freedom and future. What Does it Mean to Be Charged With a Wet and Reckless? A wet and reckless charge, like a standard DUI, is a misdemeanor criminal offense in

What Is Vehicular Assault in Arizona?

Vehicular assault is classified as an aggravated assault charge in Arizona. This is a felony charge that can have serious consequences, including mandatory prison time. If you or a loved one is facing vehicular assault charges in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or elsewhere in Arizona, consult with an Arizona vehicular aggravated assault lawyer at Corso Law Group as soon as possible about your case. Arizona’s Definition of Vehicular Assault In Arizona, a vehicle is viewed as a deadly weapon. This means that

What Happens if You Turn Yourself in for a Crime in Arizona?

If you receive a notice that there is a warrant out for your arrest, you may be wondering what to do. This situation can cause a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty about your future. If you opt to turn yourself in with assistance from a criminal defense attorney, you can navigate the legal process in a way that benefits you as much as possible.  What Does it Mean if There Is a Warrant Out for My Arrest? An arrest

Can You Get Arrested for Road Rage in Arizona?

Road rage is a relatively common issue among drivers in Arizona. It is not unusual for a driver to get upset, frustrated, or angry when another driver breaks a traffic law or almost causes an accident. Although road rage itself is not a crime in Arizona, various actions often connected to road rage could lead to an arrest. Criminal Charges Often Associated With Road Rage  Road rage is not technically illegal in Arizona. A driver will not get arrested simply

Can Police Officers Search Your Vehicle at a DUI Checkpoint in Arizona?

In Arizona, law enforcement agencies are permitted to set up driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints to look for potentially impaired or intoxicated drivers. During a stop at a DUI checkpoint, knowing your rights can mean the difference between driving away and being arrested on suspicion of DUI. This includes your right to be free from unreasonable vehicle searches and seizures. The Fourth Amendment Protects Against Unreasonable Search and Seizure The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution gives the
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