A charge of burglary is a serious offense because it is considered to be a victim crime. If you have been charged with burglary in Apache Junction, AZ, you should consult a criminal defense attorney who is experienced at defending Apache Junction burglary charges as soon as possible. Under Arizona law, there are different levels
A Lawyer for ASU Students Every fall thousands of parents will their children to Arizona State University for their freshman year. For many students, this will be their first time living away from home. Parents and students are excited to furnish their dorms, meet their dormmates and choose their classes. When parents leave their children
Have you been arrested for theft in Apache Junction, Arizona? If so, your future and freedom are at stake. In order to defend against the charges levied against you and protect your rights, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Matthew Lopez Law is here to answer your questions and provide you an
Our office is seeing a lot more marijuana DUI cases recently. We believe that this is because as we get closer to legalizing marijuana, people believe that it is legal to drive a vehicle after consuming. The problem is, the marijuana DUI laws, at least as they apply to Arizona, are very unclear. The law makes two distinctions. First, if a person does not have a medical marijuana card, it is illegal to drive with any traceable amounts of marijuana in their system. What is a traceable amount of marijuana? It’s against the law to have any traceable amount of THC in a person’s system at the time of driving.
Every year my office gets hired by hundreds of people for various types of offenses in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the more common offenses that we see is public consumption of alcohol. Public consumption of alcohol may seem to be legal in Scottsdale, but the truth is it’s heavily criminalized. The police are on constant lookout for anybody who may be drinking alcohol outside of a bar or a club and are quick to issue a citation. If you live out of state, the policy of Scottsdale Police Department is to arrest and book you.
Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office has a black and white policy for urinating in public cases. They do not offer diversion programs for urinating in public.
Creating a wake in a no wake zone is a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors carry a maximum fine of $2500 plus 83% surcharge and six months in jail. While it is unlikely that you are going to get six months in jail or even any jail at all, you surely do not want to have a misdemeanor criminal conviction on your record. In some states, after a certain amount of time has passed, a criminal conviction will fall off your record. Unfortunately, Arizona is not one of the states. Once you’re charged and convicted of a criminal misdemeanor, the misdemeanor will forever be on your record.
Causing damage to someone else’s property in Scottsdale can put you in jeopardy of being convicted of criminal damage. Whether it is scribbling graffiti on a building, or smashing in the windows on your ex’s car, you can face serious penalties; including jail or prison time. If you are charged with criminal damage in Scottsdale, or anywhere in Arizona, it is vital to understand what consequences you may face and what options you have for fighting your case.
In an attempt to beat the miserable Arizona heat, many people, from in state to out of state, flock to Mesa to tube down the salt river. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO) and Mesa Police know that this is a hot spot and have made it their mission to bust anyone and everyone who are
With the rise of social media and the prevalence of smartphones, we are finding that people are becoming braver when it comes to their interaction with police officers It’s no surprise that police officers often times use excessive force and abuse their power. Drinking alcohol and going to the bars and clubs in Scottsdale go
Where you go, and even where you look, can be viewed as a crime in Arizona. Criminal trespassing laws in our state are strict and can come with serious consequences if you are convicted. At best, a criminal trespassing conviction will be a class 3 misdemeanor; at worst, you could be facing prison time and
This week, my office has been inundated with phone calls for reckless operation of a watercraft in Lake Havasu. Reckless operation of a watercraft, otherwise known as reckless operation of a boat, is very similar to the charge of reckless driving. So what is reckless? Reckless is a very subjective term. Arizona law does not provide elements as to what justifies a reckless operation of watercraft charge. That said, it is entirely up to what the police officer believes to be reckless. In other words, if officer Jones believes that the way you were driving your boat or your JetSki is reckless then Officer Jones can cite you for reckless operation of a watercraft. On the other hand, if officer Martinez does not find that the way you are operating your boat was reckless, then officer Martinez simply does not have to cite you with a reckless operation watercraft charge.
With the rising temperatures, you may notice that tension and stress also rise in people around Arizona There have actually been studies that show violent crime increases with higher temperature. Heat can make people more uncomfortable, less patient and overall more irritable. This can lead to quick outbursts of anger, normally controlled in cooler months.
I just got back from handling a DUI at the Goodyear Municipal Court. Recently, I’ve noticed that our law firm has received several more calls regarding DUIs at this particular court. Unlike other courts, in my experience, some of the stops from Goodyear police officers happen to be for very small reasons. It is my belief that they are using some of the stops as pretexts for DUI investigations.
Irrespective of the type of driving on suspended license scenario that you’re facing, you will be charged with a criminal misdemeanor. If you have a pattern of driving on suspended license, the court could sentence you to a small term of jail and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division will require that your license become suspended for even longer. Most importantly, however, you will have a criminal conviction on your record.
Minor in consumption (MIC) and minor in possession (MIP) are very similar; both misdemeanors and both involving minors and alcohol. While a MIC is used to limit consumption of alcohol by minors, a MIP focuses more on minors trying to enter establishments selling alcohol or stopping them from trying to buy alcohol. Both can lead to a misdemeanor charge that can stay on a person’s permanent record, as well as possible jail time, fines, and other penalties like suspension of driving privileges.
We’ve recently seen an increased amount of DUIs at the West Mesa Justice Court. Most of our clients who have a case were leaving the Talking Stick Resorts or Casino Arizona. The majority of the cases are investigated by the Salt River police.
It can be frustrating to be excluded from entering certain establishments or attending events due to your age, but it is a rite of passage everyone must go through. Until you are 21, there are many places you cannot go in Tempe, even when your friends that are just a little bit older can. It can be tempting to use an ID of a friend that looks like you, or have a fake ID created that says you are 21 to go to a club or buy alcohol. But if you are charged with using a fake ID in Tempe, you could be facing some long-term penalties for your impatience.
If you are reading this blog, it’s because you, a friend, or family member have been charged with a DUI and you’re interested in knowing the consequences. The consequences all depend on the type of DUI you are facing. The higher your blood alcohol content or breath alcohol content, the stiffer the penalties become. For first time DUIs at the North Mesa Justice Court, you could be facing as much as 45 days in jail. In addition to jail time, you may also run the risk of losing your license and having a breathalyzer your car for 18 months. If you have a job that requires driving, you may lose your job. That’s the bad news. The good news, our lawyers are experienced with handling DUIs at the N. Mesa Justice Court and we would be glad to help you.
These situations include: inflicting serious bodily harm against a person – this would include punching somebody and breaking their nose or any other bone, assaulting a police officer – even if the officer was not injured, assaulting medical personnel – even if the person was not injured. In addition to aggravated assault, a person can be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. For example, if a person points a gun at somebody even if the person does not pull the trigger, they will be charged with aggravated assault. Another type of aggravated assault is if a person commits assault on a child who is under the age of 15 – again, the minor does not have to be injured – the mere fact that a minor was assaulted with fall under the aggravated assault statute.
Domestic violence is one of the most frustrating charges a person could face. Often times, people think domestic violence is simply making physical contact with your spouse or significant other. Domestic violence, however, can be a lot more complicated than that.
If you are charged with an assault in Scottsdale, you could be facing serious consequences that can impact your future. You may think you are safe from being accused of assault if you refrain from hitting or hurting another individual, but that’s not necessarily the case. It is more common than you may believe for a person to be charged with an assault falsely, or due to another person’s perception of their actions. It is important to understand what is considered assault under Arizona law and what your options are if you are charged.
When we’re hired to represent somebody for criminal speeding ticket, we have one objective. Our objective is to get the case dismissed as quickly as possible. So if your concern is not the fine but having a criminal conviction on your record, Matthew Lopez Law is the right law firm for you.
There are many lawyers throughout Arizona who claim to have experience, but unless a lawyer is at your court on a very regular basis, they simply will not be able to provide you with the best possible outcome. Our law office is located approximately 4 miles from Tempe Municipal Court.
With summer quickly approaching, people are getting their boats ready to hit the lakes. Our office represents people charged with boating DUIs throughout Arizona. This includes Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake, Roosevelt, Parker, Bullhead City, Saguaro Lake and Lake Havasu.