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  • If I can't get to Arizona how am I supposed to deal with this. what is my best plan of action at this point ?

    I pawned a stolen iPad for my boyfriend and got arrested because of it. I had a court date and told the judge that I couldn't make it out to Arizona because I live in California. My public defender gave me a second court date for September 8 and I...

    Craig’s Answer

    Sounds like you are charged with a felony which means you will have to appear in AZ to have the warrant resolved. As my colleague said, you should contact your public defender. Or alternatively, you can retain private counsel to assist you in all respects. Regardless, you need/should address this ASAP so as to avoid unnecessary arrest on the outstanding warrant (even if you are stopped for a simple traffic matter, etc.). Best of luck.

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  • Can Initial 911 calls, recorded statements, or any other statements be entered after a domestic violence victim pleads 5th?

    If excited utterances and/or testimonial statements are considered hearsay; if the victim pleads the 5th, could the statements be entered as evidence if the victim called the police more than 2.5 hours after the incident occurred?

    Craig’s Answer

    You should speak to your lawyer who of course is in the best position to answer your questions. But the answer to your questions is that it depends on the circumstances; so is it possible such evidence can be admitted/used? Yes. Also, just know that it's not as easy as people think for an alleged victim in any case but especially a DV case to "plead the 5th." The judge and prosecutor will take various steps to assure the victim is appropriately invoking.

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  • What should me and my girlfriend do in domestic violence case, prosecutor won't drop charges?

    I have a previous felony from 04. My girlfriend was in a fight, with someone else, hours before we were in an heated argument, I destroyed the apartment and left. She and her sister (non witness) called the cops and stated that I choked and beat h...

    Craig’s Answer

    Unfortunately prosecutors rarely dismiss domestic violence cases simply because an alleged victim recants her allegations or does not want to prosecute, so it's not a surprise that the prosrcutorecutor in your case is refusing to do so. You ask however what you and your girlfriend should do. No attorney can nor should advise you what to do without knowing the details of your case; there are so many variables that must be considered, assessed, and evaluated. Given the seriousness of your charges, you likely have an attorney representing you. He or she is who you need to talk with and consult about your options. Sorry I could not tell you something more insightful. Good luck.

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  • How can I get a dv charge dropped?

    My now ex is currently in jail for dv. I did not press charges but understand az charges this automatically. Is there anything I can sign or do? We are not getting back together. He has a clean record. His court date is this week.

    Craig’s Answer

    Generally the answer to your question is "no", you can't just sign a paper or express a desire to have the case be dismissed. However your support can certainly influence a favorable outcome, and even eventually a dismissal in the right circumstances. I suggest you reach out to your ex's attorney and discuss with him or her since they are in the best position to know the case and the particulars etc.

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  • Is it advisable to have an attorney at Arraignment hearing for a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in AZ, out on bail.

    My son who just turned 18, got in fights with his girl friend couple of times. He has anger issues. He pushed her or shoved her on some occasions. Never caused a bodily injury. A police report was filed and he was arrested for domestic violence. T...

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    Your son should NOT plead guilty without first consulting and in my view being represented by a qualified, experienced attorney. Despite the fact your son made some admissions, the allegations might be defendable. You certainly don't want him to have a criminal record, especially one that carries a domestic violence (DV) label with it as that would negatively affect him in the future in many ways. By pleading guilty, especially at such an early stage, he loses "any" chance of defeating the charges and preserving his future. I strongly suggest you and consult and retain a good lawyer. Good luck.

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  • Is there statue of limitations after charges have been filed?

    I received a letter stating I have a warrant for my arrest due to not showing up for court. It's a theft charge that I am completely unaware of. I was never arrested for anything nor did I steal anything. I'm a mother of two little ones and can ...

    Craig’s Answer

    More information is needed to accurately and fully answer your questions. But the statute of limitations applies to the time the State has to file charges from the date of the alleged offense. Typically one year for misdemeanors and seven years for felonies (but there are exceptions). The likelihood is that the State filed the charges in a timely manner and then issued the warrant for your arrest (which could have happened for any number of reasons). There is nothing to wait out; you need to address this ASAP, and you should do so with counsel acting on your behalf. As it stands now, if you get stopped for a traffic ticket - even with your kids in the car with you - you could and likely would end up in jail. Seek counsel and clear this up. Good luck.

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  • Being charged with providing false information to a police, what is the charges? I pleaded not guilty, what is going to happen?

    A situation happened that involved me & my partner. We gave 2 sides of the story of what had happened that day. since we were not agreeing with each other the officer didn't believe me. So the officer wrote me a ticket and accussed me of false inf...

    Craig’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. You need to aggressively fight the charge as it can affect you in many different negative ways. You may have a defense to the charge even if from a layperson's perspective you did not tell the truth. Depends on the particular charge, whether city ordinance, state offense etc. You are likely charged with A.R.S. § 13-2907.01 which is a class 1 miss and carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and/or $2500 fine. You certainly should retain a qualified, experienced, aggressive lawyer. Good luck.

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  • Distraught about super extreme DUI?

    I was charged with super extreme, my first EVER offense that my BAC came back confirming as extreme. I did hire a lawyer as a soon as I was charged. I'm waiting the results of my MVD hearing(under advisement but was told not to be hopeful as they ...

    Craig’s Answer

    It certainly is stressful to go through what you are experiencing. But every one of your questions should be posed directly to your lawyer. Only he knows your case and you should at the least start with him. DUI cases can be one and charges reduced. It simply depends on so many variables that simply saying you have an extreme DUI says nothing. Has he told you to plead guilty? Have you given him time to let the case mature? Has he had time to investigate and seek avenues of attack. If you just had your MVD hearing the answer to those questions are likely "no". Pleading guilty without a quality lawyer representing you and doing all he can to seek a favorable outcome may end in the same result you will face in the long run BUT at least you will have, or your attorney on your behalf will have, explored all options and tried to exploit weaknesses to your advantage. Talk to your lawyer.

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  • I have been named in a Police report for vandalism. Must they contact me before issuing an arrest warrant? What is the process.

    I have not been contacted yet but i am wondering if they need my side of the story before they can continue. I am being accused of throwing a rock through someones window. I only know this because she had text me the next morning and told me she i...

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    No, police do not "need" to get your statement before charging or arresting you. They may and probably will try to get a statement from you, BUT you should NOT talk to them. Politely refuse to talk, no matter what they say to you. You should consider retaining counsel before charges are filed to assist you in all respects. Good luck.

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