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Craig S Orent

Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Does compl dismissed mean I got convicted?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Steven W Zachary
    3. Brian Petersen
    4. Kaitlin Sofia Verdura
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    If you truly entered and successfully competed a diversion program, then your case was dismissed, which is confirmed by the quoted language. If the only charge you have had to deal with is the one that was dismissed as a result of the diversion program, then yes you can answer "no" to the particular question: have you ever been convicted......

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  2. "Do I need an attorney"

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. David Kephart
    3. Steven W Zachary
    4. Dean George Tsourakis
    5. Christopher Irvin Simser
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    No one, not even us lawyers, should go to court unrepresented. It's "never" as simple as it appears. There can be other evidence, according to the State/police, which arguably and circumstantially supports the charge.

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  3. What am i looking at

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
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    3. David Kephart
    4. Aaron Michael Black
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    As you probably already know, any criminal case/conviction is serious, but you are charged with a felony which makes matters even worse. Unfortunately there are mandatory penalties in such cases. You may however, depending on the circumstances (the details as to why you were fleeing and from whom/what), you may have a defense, or at the very least sufficient mitigating circumstances to warrant a non-standard, more favorable than usual outcome. Be sure you consult and retain a qualified,...

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  4. If i signed the waiver of counsel can I still hire my own attorney in a criminal misdemeaner case?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Kaitlin Sofia Verdura
    3. Steven W Zachary
    4. Michael Kielsky
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    You can always retain private counsel. But as to the assignment of a public defender, the answer depends on the circumstances and the court. If you have only appeared at the arraignment then at your next court appearance - the pretrial conference - you can tell the prosecutor and/or the court that you have changed your mind and would like a public defender appointed to represent you. If you financially qualify most courts will appoint you an attorney, though some may not if the prosecutor is...

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  5. I was at a party last night and a police officer gave me an MIC without breathalyzing me or alcohol testing me, i am under 18

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Steven W Zachary
    3. Cindy Castillo
    4. Peter Christian Komar
    5. Ethan Patrick Meaney
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    Police don't need a breath or blood test to charge someone with MIC. However, the do need some evidence indicating you had ingested or possessed alcohol. Your attorney will need to see the police reports to learn what the officers are claiming.

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  6. I'm in Phoenix, & I wanted to know if someone is charged with assault on an officer, do they have the right to interview him?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Ryan W Cummings
    3. Brent D Harris
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    I won't get into detail since your boyfriend has a lawyer and you/he can seek elaboration from him/her. But, the PD is correct. In AZ, all "victims" have a right to refuse to be interviewed by the defense. And it's unlikely the police officer has a "criminal history" and if he did, typically the attorney or investigator could uncover it in other ways, but very doubtful. Good luck.

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  7. Do I need a high profile defense attorney?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Cary L Lackey
    3. Ryan W Cummings
    4. Adele Drumlevitch
    5. Jay Scott Finnecy
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    You certainly need and should have an attorney represent you and advocate on your behalf. A judge has no authority to dismiss a case; rather it's the prosecutor (State) that decides how to approach a case. And keep in mind that "you" don't prove your "not" guilty; the State has to prove that you are guilty. There may be ways to avoid a conviction but you won't know if they exist unless ad until you consult and retain counsel to represent you, investigate your case etc. Don't go it alone Good luck.

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  8. I fell asleep drunk in the backseat with the key in the ignition.. dui?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Howard A Snader
    3. William Peter Daley
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    5. Eric Hale Hitchcock
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    Certainly defendable based in what you disclose here. Talk to your attorney about case since only he or she can know enough assess, advise, and strategize.

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  9. How can my wife be charged with criminal damage, for smashing our own TV?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Paul E Knost
    3. Cary L Lackey
    4. Kaitlin Sofia Verdura
    5. Michael Kielsky
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    You pose a good question. Technically there is no crime against damaging your own property. However, your attorney will have to view the police reports, the complaint, etc., to determine exactly what is going on and to properly advise your wife. Generally speaking the fact a "victim" does not want to prosecute does not necessarily by itself result in a dismissal; BUT clearly a non-cooperative victim or a victim that doesn't want to assist can be a favorable factor for the defense. I do suggest...

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  10. I am taking a case to trial, it is a DUI case in AZ. Grounds for dismissal.. PLEASE READ AND HELP!

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Craig S Orent
    2. Paul E Knost
    3. Michael R Crosner
    4. Mary Xinh Nguyen
    5. Roy C Whitehead
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    Talk to your attorney.

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