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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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Can You Get a DUI for Over-the-Counter Drugs in Arizona?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime that can lead to severe consequences for the driver and others on the road. While most people know that driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is illegal, fewer people may realize that driving under the influence of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and prescription medication can also result in a DUI charge. Arizona has strict DUI laws to prevent people from driving while under the influence of any drug, even over-the-counter drugs.

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Ignition Interlock Device Requirements for Second DUI Charge in Arizona

When it comes to a DUI charge, Arizona law is strict, and a second DUI charge can lead to even harsher penalties. One of these penalties is putting an ignition interlock device (IID) in the offender’s car. The IID requirement for a second offense in Arizona is mandatory. The offender must have an IID installed in every vehicle they own or operate for a minimum of one year.

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The Use of Plea Deals in Arizona Criminal Cases

Plea bargaining can help defendants end their cases faster, get fewer charges or a shorter sentence, and avoid the risk of going to trial.  Criminal defense lawyers often use plea deals as a way to help their clients get the best possible outcome. The defense and the prosecution discuss a deal where the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge or a shorter sentence in exchange for pleading guilty.

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Did You Know? High Altitude Can Make you Feel More Drunk, But Are You Actually?

Altitude does affect alcohol tolerance, as it can be harder to process alcohol at higher altitudes. This is because the air pressure decreases with altitude, affecting the rate at which oxygen moves from the lungs into the bloodstream. When there is less oxygen in the bloodstream, it takes longer for alcohol to break down and be processed by the body, leading to a decreased tolerance.

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Maricopa County Jail

What are the Different Jails in Maricopa County? Maricopa County, Arizona, has multiple jails. Five separate facilities within the Maricopa County jail system are located throughout the county. Each jail is operated by personnel from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. When people are arrested...

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