Not everyone currently sitting behind bars is guilty of committing a crime. Flaws in the eyewitness identification process may end in an innocent people being convicted of crimes they did not commit. According to the Innocence Project, 362 people have been exonerated of their prison sentences after DNA evidence proved they were innocent. Of these cases, 70 percent involved incidents of eyewitness misidentification, where the wrong person was chosen out of an eyewitness lineup. How does this injustice occur and what can be done to stop it?
Obtaining permanent residency in the U.S. can be a long, drawn-out process, yet one that many in Yuma may be willing to undertake in order to protect their immigration status. Compliance to immigration rules and regulations during this process may be vital to ensuring its success, as any infractions (no matter how major or minor they may be perceived to be) can place the outcome in doubt. Once one does have negative elements on their record, they may be closer to being deported than they are securing legal resident status.
A criminal conviction can quickly endanger your immigration status. Thus, when many come to see us here at the Sanchez Law Group following such an occurrence in Yuma, their first question is typically how they might be able to get an offense off their record. Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept expungement. The question whether or not it is even available to you, and then whether having an offense expunged will help keep you from being deported.
Yuma residents may understand (and even expect) that law enforcement authorities might need to result to using force in order to uphold the law. Yet while such professionals have been empowered to do so, such a privilege is one that is to be used judiciously. Typically, the use of force may be reserved for those situations in which authorities believe themselves or others to be in imminent danger. This implies that using force may not be appropriate when ensuring compliance, particularly when other methods might be available. Authorities may be expected to understand this and keep it in mind when dealing with the public.
Despite the fact that so many of its nearby western states have taken the step to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Arizona has not. The state has, however, enacted legislation to allow select use of marijuana for medicinal use. Even though a person may be legally using pot via the state's medical marijuana program, that does not mean they cannot find themselves in trouble with the law for this legalized use.
Like most in Yuma, you likely go about your daily routine unafraid of becoming the target of another's threats or aggression. Yet you never know when you might cross paths with an individual that is seemingly intent on doing harm to you and/or others. Your natural reaction may be to defend yourself, yet the fear may also exist that if you must use force against another, you could end up facing criminal charges yourself. Is this true?
Oftentimes, people hear stories of arrests made in Yuma and immediately may question why authorities needed to apprehend the accused. There may be instances where the old adage of the punishment not fitting the crime might seem to apply to a case. Yet despite one's beliefs that law enforcement intervention may not have been needed in a particular incident, authorities are tasked with maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the communities in which they serve. If they believe that one's actions could present a potential danger to that peace, then they may feel justified in detaining him or her.
It is not uncommon for people to come across personal items in Yuma that were obviously lost by their owners. One might find a wallet on a park bench, or a cell phone left on a table at restaurant. One's first impulse may be to find the owner, yet that can often be difficult if he or she did not actually witness the owner leaving it there. At that point, some might say that the proverbial "finders keepers" rule comes into play. Yet following such an axiom may end up leaving one having to deal with legal troubles (and even the potential threat of deportation, depending on the seriousness of the alleged offense).
Our law office knows that every domestic violence case is unique. The details may vary considerably from one case to the next and sometimes, people are falsely accused of domestic violence altogether. Furthermore, many cases involve certain details that have been exaggerated, which can have a significant impact on the outcome of the case. For someone who is facing domestic violence charges, a wide variety of consequences may lie ahead, from time behind bars to deportation and a shattered reputation. If you have been falsely accused of this offense, you should carefully go over your options because your future may be at stake.
Even in small amounts, a methamphetamine charge in Arizona could come with gargantuan effects. Those caught with meth in the state could face a class four felony; repercussions could become more serious if an individual is in possession of the drug with intentions to distribute it. Despite these stiff penalties, reports show that meth arrests in Arizona are at an all-time high.