Is someone accusing you of fraud, or anything having to do with a large sum of money? This is a white-collar case and you need quick help. This is a criminal case. You will facing the government in the courtroom. Given that, you will have to look for lawyers from private law firms. Many law agencies have experts who are highly skilled at crafting a credible white-collar criminal defense in Arizona. Severe penalties await those who will be convicted following a white-collar trial, so make sure you pick the best lawyers. What qualities do you need to consider?
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
A DUI or DWI can have a devastating effect on your life. The good news is that Arizona has a procedure you can go through that lets you set aside the conviction from your record. This is good if you have problems with the charge popping up when you are looking for work or trying to find a place to live. There is not a specified amount of time you have to wait if you want to get your record set aside in Arizona, and different courts will require different time frames. It is best to discuss this with an attorney that deals in set asides and DUIs. You also have to meet certain requirements in a lot of cases in order to remove the DUI off of your record. To get something like this set aside, you have to work with a Court. The Court will need to check whether you've had more issues after your DUI. A copy of your driving record will assist the court. It is best to have no pending driving issues and your license should no longer be suspended. This is why you need to be very careful after getting charged, because any mistakes can lead to a denial. It is best to find an attorney to work with instead of researching your options on your own. The DUI will automatically fall off of your driving record after a certain period of time, but it is always on your criminal record. Otherwise, if you don't do anything about it to get it set aside through the courts, it will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life. A big problem with that is later on you may want to try to find employment only to learn that you can't be hired due to your record. Know that the more DUIs you get, the worse the punishments are. With more DUIs also comes less of a chance of you getting it taken off your criminal record no matter what you do. Until you get a DUI you don't know how bad it can actually be. The good news is that there are options. Once you hire the right attorney to work with, they should be able to file an application with the court where you were convicted. A set aside will all depends on the court. So getting the right attorney to assist you is imperative.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Can You Request A New Judge?It is stated in the law that both the State and the Defense have the right to a fair judge. This means that a fair and impartial judge must be made available to any parties under criminal litigation. A change of judge can then be requested with or without cause as needed.
With CauseWhenever requesting a change of judge with cause, it must be stated in clear, full details as to why such request has been made as to ensure that it is still in line with the integrity and fair functions of the judicial system. This is a change of judge as a matter of right. This motion must be filed within ten days of the discovery that grounds exist for changing the judge. The requesting party must assure that such a request is only done in good faith. If the assigned judge does not agree that cause exists, the presiding judge provides a hearing on the matter before another judge to determine by the preponderance of the evidence whether a change of judge is required. If this judge rules that the change is required, the presiding judge will reassign the matter to another judge.
Without CauseThe State and the Defense may request a change of judge without cause. This is called a peremptory notice. In non-death penalty cases, this motion must be filed within ten days after the arraignment or within ten days of the assignment of the judge. Although the change of judge is "without cause", the request must be made in good faith and cannot be made of any of the following reasons:
- Attempts to delay the proceedings
- Obtainment of severance
- To interfere with the reasonable case management practices of a judge;
- To remove a judge for reasons of race, gender, or religious affiliation
- for the purpose of using the rule against a particular judge in a blanket fashion by a defense group or law firm
- To obtain a more convenient geographical convenience
- To obtain advantage or avoid disadvantage in connection with a plea bargain or at sentencing, except those allowed by Rules of Criminal Procedure.
- Assault - www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/assault/
- Drug Crimes - www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/drug-crimes/
- Probation Violations - www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/probation-violations/
- Warrants - www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/warrants/
- Weapons Charges - www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/weapons-charges/
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
You and your spouse have been dreaming to have a child for so long and have finally decided to adopt one. Your excitement over the prospect is extremely high but after a quick consultation with a lawyer, you find out it is not as easy as you think. The process can be time-consuming and will require a trail of paperwork that you need to accomplish and prepare. Depending on whether you plan to do a domestic adoption, the forms you need to prepare and fill out seems endless:
- Forms to file a petition in court
- Forms for home study
- Application forms for an agency if you plan to use an agency
- Medical records, financial and employment records
- Your personal history and family background
- List down all the paperwork you will need to fill out and accomplish. Include a deadline for each form; this way, you can finish each methodically.
- Set aside time to review and fill out all the paperwork. Once you have listed down what you need to do, set aside a time to do them. This will ensure that you stick to your deadline to accomplish the forms.
- Organize and file your paperwork. Use a file organizer and label them properly to keep all your forms in once place. You will find it easier to locate them when you need them at a moment’s notice. You will also be able to keep track which forms you have accomplished and which ones you still need to finish.
- Do not give up. No matter how organized you are, there will be times when you would be fed up with the endless paperwork that you simply just want to give up. Don’t. Encourage yourself by reading stories about successful adoption stories or join webinars about the adoption process. Listen to stories of what other adoptive parents went through and how they succeeded. Go back to the reason you are going to through all this tiresome process, which is to be a parent.
- Stay focused. Concentrate on what you need to do next and how to do them. Be resolute on what you want to happen and how to make it happen so that you can keep the unexpected from happening. This will make the next steps less daunting and tiresome.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Expungement can be technically defined in legal terms as a request or petition to a court or law enforcement agency for the erasure, cancellation, sealing, modification or destruction of a criminal record. People may apply for expungement of certain criminal records when it starts to affect their image or reputation, such as when applying for work. However, under the Arizona law, this process cannot technically be utilized for an Arizona criminal record. An individual’s crime history remains untouched in the books until they reach 99 years of age. Arizona does not have an expungement law. The substitute process for expungement for Arizona cases is having the case “set aside. ”However, a“set aside” does not make your record free of previous crimes committed. Setting aside a felony or misdemeanor conviction in Arizona, however, means that your criminal records will still be viewable by anyone who plans to review it (e.g. a potential employer) but it will also be recorded that your case has been set aside or that all the conditions of your probation and sentence have been satisfied and cleared. A set aside confirms that a court has handled your case and has resolved to dismiss the charges against you. A set aside has its own limits and is not applicable when the crime committed:
- consists of some driving offenses
- involved a finding of sexual motivation,
- involves a victim below 15 years of age,
- involves serious physical injury on the victim,
- involves any dangerous instrument or deadly weapon, or
- requires the defendant to be registered as a sex offender
Friday, April 21, 2017
Do you have a criminal record? Do you know if the criminal record is even accurate? Arizona law requires that a person’s criminal record, misdemeanors and felonies, is maintained until he or she reaches the age of 99 or until one year after that person dies. A person can obtain a copy of their own criminal record in the State of Arizona. It is common for a person to want to obtain a copy of their own criminal record, because he or she is concerned about what the records states. The person may be looking for a new job. Nowadays, employers of all kinds perform thorough background checks before hiring. The employer will obtain your criminal history. The State of Arizona maintains the criminal history in the Criminal History Records Section of the Central State Repository for Arizona crimes only. If the Arizona record may contain inaccurate information, there is a way to correct it. A person may contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety and request for a Record Review Packet. Any corrections may be completed by completing and submitting a form included in the Record Review Packet called “Review and Challenge of Arizona Criminal History Information.” The packet will include a fingerprint card. The person must also provide a set of his or her fingerprints. There is no cost for this process. If the Central State Repository agrees that an error exists on the criminal history record, the record will be corrected. Additionally, the Criminal History Records Section at the Central State Repository will notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the error so they can update their records. Keep in mind, the error might originate with the court or arresting agency in Arizona. In such cases, the Criminal History Records Section will not correct the error until that court or arresting agency corrects the error. In such a case, a person needs to be proactive and seriously consider hiring an attorney with experience in dealing with this type of issue. An attorney can assist you in correcting this problem or error associated with the criminal history record. Robert A. Dodell Attorney
Sunday, April 16, 2017
There is nothing more fulfilling than being a parent. It is a privilege that anyone could enjoy, even those who decide or who cannot bear their own. Fortunately, adoption processes nowadays doesn’t have to be tedious, thanks to legal adoption attorneys who dedicate their time extending help to frustrated parents.
Conduct your research and preparationsOne of the first steps in finalizing your adoption process is to do some research and prepare your mindset for the upcoming process. An adoption of a family member can be easy or difficult depending on the circumstances. Once you have decided that adoption is fit for you, you need to choose the way you want to proceed in adopting your family member. An adoption attorney such as Robert A. Dodell focuses on the adoption process of a relative or family member.
Assess the legalities of your adoptionThe most important part of the adoption process is the legal aspect. First, you need to assess the policies in your state about the legal aspect of independent adoption in cases of domestic adoption. After that, you need to accomplish your adoptive parent profile, with the help of your adoption attorney.
Understand the finances involvedAdoption does not end with legal fees and logistical expenses. You need to consider some of the taxations that will change once you get custody of your adoptive child.
Complete all necessary documentsThe next thing to partake in your adoption process is to accomplish all required documents for legal adoption. You may also have to prepare your existing documents such as the following:
- Birth certificates
- Tax returns
- Residency proof
- Land titles
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce documents
- Settle post-placement and post-adoption fees.
The article Adoption 101: An Efficient Guide To Finalizing Adoption Process was first seen on write up on the Robert Dodell Blog