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Stalking Laws in Arizona: Definition, Penalties, and Defenses

Stalking is defined under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2923 as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. A course of conduct can include any repeated and intentional act, including following, contacting, surveilling, or threatening the victim or the victim’s immediate family members. It is important to note that the victim’s fear must be reasonable, meaning that a reasonable person in the victim’s position would feel fear.

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What is the Statute of Limitations on Domestic Violence Charges?

According to ARS section 13-107, the statute of limitations for misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Arizona is one year. This means prosecutors must file charges within one year of the alleged incident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you have been accused of domestic violence crimes and the statute of limitations is an issue in your case, it is vital to seek the help of a criminal defense lawyer from the Shah Law Firm as soon as possible.

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What Happens if I Get a DUI in a Rental Car in Arizona?

In the state of Arizona, DUI laws apply to all drivers, whether they’re driving a personal vehicle or a rental car. It’s important to remember that the penalties for these DUI charges can be severe, even when driving a rental car. These penalties may include jail time, fines, license suspension, points on your criminal record, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). A DUI in a rental car can also lead to further complications with the rental car company and your insurance provider.

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Can I Get a DUI on an Electric Bike or a Motorized Bicycle in Arizona?

In Arizona, you can be charged with DUI on a bicycle that has a motor under Arizona Revised Statute § 28-1381. This law governs DUI offenses in the state, defining a motorized vehicle as any “self-propelled ” vehicle operated on public roads. While electric bikes and motorized bicycles might seem to fall under this definition, there is some confusion as to whether they are considered motor vehicles in the context of DUI laws.

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Is Verbal Abuse as Serious as Domestic Abuse? Understanding Arizona Domestic Violence Law

Verbal assault and domestic abuse are distinct offenses under Arizona law. Verbal assault, also known as disorderly conduct, is defined in Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) §13-2904, which states that a person commits disorderly conduct by engaging in behavior that disturbs the peace, such as using offensive language or gestures. On the other hand, domestic abuse is governed by A.R.S. §13-3601. It includes a variety of offenses committed against a family or household member, including physical assault, sexual assault, and emotional abuse.

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Drug Court in Maricopa County: Eligibility and the Potentially Life Changing Benefits

Drug addiction and substance abuse have become increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Arizona has implemented various programs to address this issue, including the Maricopa County Adult Drug Court Program. This specialized court aims to provide eligible defendants with an alternative to traditional prosecution and incarceration, focusing on rehabilitation and treatment

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Scottsdale Cocaine Charges- The Severe Implications of a Drug Conviction in Arizona

The severity of a cocaine conviction in Scottsdale largely depends on the amount of cocaine involved and the specific offense. According to A.R.S. § 13-3408, possession of any amount of cocaine is considered a class 4 felony. However, you are not alone. A skilled criminal defense lawyer from the Shah Law Firm can make a significant difference in defending against cocaine charges in Scottsdale.

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Can I Get a DUI on Private Property in Arizona?

DUI laws generally apply to public roads and highways but can also extend to private property in certain circumstances. The definition of “public highway or road” in Arizona includes any road, street, or highway that is open to the public for vehicular travel. However, the law does not explicitly exclude private property from its purview, which means that it is possible to be charged with a DUI on your own property or other private lands.

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Arizona’s Self-Defense Laws: Is Attacking an Intruder in Your Own Home Assault?

The Castle Doctrine is a legal principle that states that a person has the right to defend their home with deadly force against an intruder without having a duty to retreat. It’s a natural human response to want to defend oneself and one’s property in such situations. However, there are legal boundaries to what constitutes self-defense, and the consequences of going beyond these limits can be severe.

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Can I Still Get a DUI in a Self-Driving Car on Autonomous Autopilot?

Even with the presence of self-driving cars, you can still get a DUI if you’re caught driving behind the wheel when pulled over and found to be under the influence while operating the vehicle. Autonomous vehicles are designed to minimize human error but still require some level of human interaction, such as taking control when the vehicle cannot navigate a specific situation.

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Aggravated Assault After a Road Rage Incident: Navigating Arizona Laws and Legal Strategies

Road rage incidents can escalate quickly, leading to severe consequences for everyone involved. In Arizona, it’s not uncommon for such incidents to result in aggravated assault charges. While not every incident leads to criminal charges, it’s essential to understand the potential legal ramifications and how an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney from the Shah Law Firm can help.

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Felony Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer in Arizona

Assault on a police officer or other officer personnel in Arizona is a serious felony offense, classified under Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 13-1204. In general, assault involves intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical injury or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. However, when the victim is a law enforcement officer, the penalties are often more severe, and the charges can be elevated to aggravated assault.

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Navigating Your 1st Marijuana Offense: A Comprehensive Guide About Arizona’s Marijuana Laws

Navigating marijuana laws in Arizona can be challenging, even though both recreational and medical use is now legal. If you’re facing your first marijuana offense, feeling anxious and uncertain about the next steps is normal. However, with the correct information and the assistance of a skilled DUI and criminal defense law firm like the Shaw Law Firm, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the legal process.

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From Accusation to Acquittal: The Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney for Assault Charges

Being accused of assault can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience. The consequences of a conviction can be severe, including a criminal record, fines, probation, and even imprisonment. If you or someone you love is facing assault charges, hiring a skilled and experienced defense attorney who can help protect your rights and build a strong defense is essential.

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Domestic Abuse vs. Domestic Violence: Understanding Arizona Laws and Defending Against False Accusations

While the terms “domestic abuse” and “domestic assault” are often used interchangeably, there is a distinction between them. Domestic assault is any intentional or reckless act that causes physical injury to a household member. Domestic assault charges may also include the threat of physical harm. In contrast, domestic abuse charges may not involve physical harm, but they do involve emotional and psychological harm.

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DUI Facts: Can Cold Medicine or a Prescription Drug Affect a Breathalyzer?

Driving under the influence (DUI) isn’t just limited to the influence of alcohol; it also includes driving under the influence of medication or any other substance that harms your ability to drive safely. While many people assume that over-the-counter cold medicine and prescription antibiotics are safe to take before getting behind the wheel, the reality is that these medicines can also impair your driving abilities.

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Severe Penalties for a Third DUI or Subsequent Offense in Arizona: Understanding Felony and Aggravated Charges

In Arizona, the penalties for a third DUI arrest are severe, making it crucial to understand the potential consequences of this serious offense. If you or someone you know is facing a third DUI charge in Arizona, it’s imperative to act quickly and seek the guidance of a skilled DUI lawyer to minimize the potential punishments.

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Underage DUI in Arizona: The Laws and Penalties

It is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to drive or be in physical control with any amount of alcohol in their system. Arizona is one of only a few states in the country with a Zero Tolerance law for drivers under 21. This means that any amount of alcohol detected in an underage driver’s system can result in a DUI arrest.

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