In the state of Arizona, a person can be arrested for “obstructing governmental operations” if a citizen is interfering with official police duties by threatening to “use violence or physical force” according to A.R.S. 13-2402. A person will be put under arrest if they knowingly obstruct, impair or hinder the following: 1. The performance of a governmental function by a public servant acting under color of his official authority; or 2. The enforcement of the penal law or the preservation of the peace by a police officer acting under color of his official authority. Can you videotape an arrest or
What happens if your child is being tried as an adult in AZ? When an individual under the age of 18 commits a crime in Arizona, they are usually tried and sentenced by a juvenile court. The court system for juvenile offenders understands that some children are too young to understand the impact of their actions; however, sometimes minors are tried as adults due to the type of crime they commit. As a parent, there are steps you can take to help your child receive a fair trial, but first you must understand why your child is being tried as
63-year-old John Packard of Long Beach, CA and 66-year-old Michael Stewart of Phoenix, AZ were arrested in early February on federal charges related to an alleged Ponzi scheme involving Phoenix area real estate that resulted in a total $110 million loss for private investors. How the Scheme Worked According to the Department of Justice, Packard and Stewart formed their company, Pacific Property Assets (PPA) in 1999 and began buying and selling or refinancing apartment complexes in Arizona and Southern California. Though investigators claim the business was never actually profitable, Packard and Stewart were successful in raising enough money to pay
If no arrest was made and no criminal citation was given by a police officer, a criminal complaint may still be filed in court. Can an accused individual obtain the name of the person who filed the complaint against them in AZ? The Prosecutor Decides It is possible for an officer to file a long form complaint with a prosecutor. In this case, the officer elects to file the relevant paperwork with the prosecutor, giving the prosecutor the power to decide what, if any, charges to file in lieu of an arrest or citation. Can I find out which officer
29-year-old New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early this week after his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, accused him of threatening her with a firearm. After further investigation, it was discovered that Felton “was in possession of a gun he wasn’t registered to have.” Felton was subsequently charged with two felonies: second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, and one misdemeanor: fourth-degree criminal possession of a firearm. Gun Laws in NY Unlike the law surrounding guns in Arizona, those in New York are extremely strict, and Felton isn’t the first professional athlete to face charges because of them.
In early December, the body of a 14-year-old girl was found in the dumpster of an apartment complex near Horne and Brown Road in Mesa, Arizona. Police suspected 31-year-old Alex Madrid from the start, a man who reportedly used to date the victim’s mother and who had been accused of inappropriately touching the victim in the past. Running from Police The day following the discovery of the body, Mesa police officers attempted to pull Madrid over for a traffic violation, but he fled in his vehicle. Madrid was eventually arrested after a foot chase and was charged with running from
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