Entries by Attorney Arja Shah

Aggravated Domestic Violence Penalties in Arizona

The state of Arizona takes domestic violence seriously and imposes harsh penalties on those convicted of violent and criminal activity within a domestic dispute. However, if a person has been previously convicted of a domestic violence charge, subsequent charges can be even more severe. Aggravated Domestic Violence Aggravated Domestic Violence is when a person has […]

Attempting to Escape a DUI

If you are caught by law enforcement driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Arizona, you may face charges of a misdemeanor up to a felony, depending on if anyone was hurt in an accident, or if you have been charged for a DUI before. However, if you attempt to escape a DUI […]

Theft Crimes in Arizona

Arizona’s definition of theft is to intentionally take someone’s personal property without a legal right to the property, or consent to take the property by the owner. If you have been arrested or charged with theft in Arizona, this is a serious charge and can range from a misdemeanor to felony theft. Understanding the different […]

Guide to Domestic Violence in Arizona

In 1994, Congress passed a federal law called the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), establishing that violence against women is a criminal offense to be treated as a national priority. Domestic violence is defined in Arizona as any criminal act by one family or household member against another. While not every act of domestic violence […]

Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Drugs in Arizona

The State of Arizona has passed strict laws that make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume or possess any alcoholic beverages. Even holding an unopened alcoholic beverage if you are minor is illegal and can be considered a misdemeanor. These Minor in Possession (MIP) laws are serious and if convicted, […]

Field Sobriety Tests and Your DUI Case

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges in Arizona are serious and can remain on your permanent record throughout your life. Additionally, a DUI conviction in Arizona can include substantial fines, the suspension of a driver’s license, and jail time. If you, a friend, or a family member has been arrested for a DUI, contact and […]

What You Should Know About Arizona’s Super Extreme DUI

In 2006, Arizona had the sixth-highest count of fatalities resulting from driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. The state addressed the issue by placing more stringent penalties on individuals with DUI charges that were particularly troublesome. One way they accomplished this strategy was through the introduction of the ‘super extreme’ DUI offender class. […]

Penalties for Domestic Violence and Disorderly Conduct Convictions in Arizona

Domestic violence is not an explicitly codified crime in Arizona. Instead, it is a term used to describe the nature of the relationship between the parties. Arrests related to domestic violence typically include assault, battery, or disorderly conduct charges. Disorderly conduct occurs when an individual ‘disturbs the peace,’ and these charges can run concurrently with […]

What You Should Know When Facing Fraud Charges in Arizona

Fraud is a type of prosecutable crime in Arizona. It is the occurrence of someone falsifying information to defraud another person for personal benefit. Fraud schemes can be simple or complicated in nature. Knowledge is power if you are facing fraud charges. The information below is a great place to start familiarizing yourself with the […]