I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s Eve. Since 2012 is almost here, I encourage everyone to make good decisions when it comes to drinking and driving. While many of us will be out celebrating this holiday weekend, keep in mind that law enforcement officers will be on high alert while working hard to protect drivers throughout the Valley. As such, expect to be subject to DUI checkpoints if you plan on getting behind the wheel this New Year’s Eve. It is no secret that law enforcement officers become much more aware of drinking and driving during the holiday season. Arizona has little tolerance for those who get behind the wheel of a car after they’ve been drinking or doing drugs. If you are impaired, even to the lightest degree (minimum BAC of .08 or more), it’s likely that you will be pulled over and arrested for a DUI.
Archive for December, 2011
New Year’s is almost here, and soon the new AZ DUI law (SB1200) will go into effect. Beginning Dec. 31, there will be some changes to the ways in which DUI charges are handled in Arizona. First of all, municipalities, counties, and some judges will now have the authority to offer home-detention programs instead of jail time to eligible defendants. Secondly, the length of time for first time, non-extreme DUI offenders to use the DUI interlock device on their vehicles has been reduced from one year to 6 months. Lastly, this law abolishes the right of first time, non-extreme DUI offenders to have the option of a jury trial. Instead, this option will be replaced with an automatic bench trial. This means that criminal defense attorneys and their clients facing DUI charges will no longer be able to have their case heard in front of a jury, as their cases can only be heard in front of a judge.
A 46-year-old man was reportedly arrested and accused of committing burglary at several strip malls on the North side of Tucson a couple of weeks ago. According to a news article detailing the suspect’s arrest, he also faces felony warrant and burglary charges and has been booked in Pima County Jail. Authorities say that he is also connected to nearly 50 burglaries beginning in September that occurred in the following cities throughout Pima County – Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita. In addition, it was stated that he has been charged in two of those 50 burglary cases.
Mortgage fraud is a big deal, and authorities throughout Arizona are cracking down on anyone associated with illegal real estate transactions. Recently, there was a case involving mansions located in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley valued over $1 million. According to an article in the Phoenix Business Journal, the three men involved in this case pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. While all three men were sentenced to Federal prison, two of them received 27-month sentences and the other received a 30-month sentence.
Online shopping is a great way to take advantage of all those after Christmas sales. The Internet is generally so much more convenient than waiting in long lines at the mall, or braving those crazy shopping center parking lots. While there are numerous benefits to online shopping, there are also major downfalls. Technology makes it so much easier for people to commit Internet crimes, such as credit card theft or other forms of fraud, forgery, schemes and scams. For example, an individual can be accused of an Internet crime when he or she uses a computer and some sort of
It’s no secret – law enforcement officers know that people are more likely to drink and drive during a long holiday weekend. As a result, it is extremely likely that they will be setting up DUI checkpoints, making DUI arrests, and handing out DUI charges all throughout Arizona. For example, this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend, police officers arrested about 50 people during a DUI task force deployment that took place in southern Arizona. Out of those 50 people, it was also reported that nine of them were arrested for DUI. I’m citing this instance because it is expected that these DUI task force deployments will continue through New Year’s Eve. Therefore, make sure you think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking.
Since theft crimes come in many different forms, the penalties for theft charge convictions can vary depending on the type, amount and value of the stolen items. The method in which the items were taken and the criminal history of the defendant are also usually taken into account when a judge is contemplating possible penalties for a theft conviction in Arizona. Individuals can face charges for theft if they knowingly steal or control someone else’s personal property with the intent to permanently deny the victim of possession. In addition to the typical form of theft, in which one person simply takes
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