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Posts tagged "criminal defense"

Evaluating the reliability of breath test devices

Drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Arizona, may be asked to submit to a breath test. Law enforcement officers use roadside breath tests to determine whether motorists are driving over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Those who are guilty of this offense may face a drunk driving charge and may be forced to deal with the repercussions of a DUI. Yet studies show that some breath test devices give inaccurate results, which could lead to wrongful DUI charges and convictions.

Arizona YouTuber’s experience shows how swatting is illegal

It is easy to forget that real people are involved in online arguments, especially when emotions run high. Some people prefer to handle an online disagreement by debating in the comment section, while others may take the conflict up a notch. It is important for Arizona residents to understand that some online conflicts can result in criminal charges.

Field sobriety tests not 100 percent accurate

If you are like a lot of people in Arizona, you are no doubt aware of the stereotype surrounding alleged drunk drivers. Even the term alone is likely to conjure up a certain image in your mind of a person who is not very responsible and who is so intoxicated that they can barely speak or stand properly. However, the truth of the matter is that many very responsible people who do not readily appear to be intoxicated can and do find themselves charged with driving under the influence offenses.

Eyewitness identification may be unreliable

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?

5 arrested on drug charges at checkpoint near Yuma

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. 

Having a criminal conviction set aside

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. 

Maricopa County deputies accused of using excessive force

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. 

Medical pot may be detectable by breath

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.

How far can you go in defending yourself and others?

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?

Authorities turn the tables on would-be patrolman

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. 

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