Arizona Criminal Law
Arizona criminal law provides a list of punishable behaviors and procedures for criminal trials. The statutes that make up Arizona's criminal code include a wide variety of crimes and punishments, and can be difficult to follow or understand. The information below is a guide to common criminal questions faced in Arizona. To obtain a more detailed explanation, or if arrested for a crime in Arizona, contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney.
Drug Possession in Arizona
Arizona drug possession and distribution charges will vary depending on the nature and quantity of the drug.
Depending on the quantity and nature of the drug, the punishment can increase. If arrested for drug possession in Arizona, contact an Arizona criminal attorney.
Assault in Arizona
A simple assault charge in Arizona encompasses three scenarios:
Assault may be elevated to a felony with increased punishments including jail time and substantial fines if an assailant uses a weapon, causes serious bodily injury, or commits assault against a member of a classification such as police officer or teacher. For more details on serious assaults contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney.
Arizona Drunk Driving – DUI
A DUI in Arizona is a serious affair. A first offender in Arizona faces consequences such as jail of 10 days to 6 months, fines and costs up to $2,500, license suspension of 90 days, and probation for 1 – 5 years. Additionally, a court may require drug and alcohol counseling sessions at the offender's expense. If arrested for DUI in Arizona, contact an Arizona DUI attorney.
Right to Jury in Arizona
A defendant charged with a misdemeanor and tried in an Arizona municipal court does not have a right to a jury trial, but may request one for certain offenses. A felony charge in Arizona will entitle a defendant a right to a jury trial, which may be waived upon written request of the defendant and approval of the court.
Trial Date in Arizona
Arizona defendants have a right to a speedy trial. According to the Arizona rules of criminal procedure, a trial date will be set as follows:
In addition to these time limits, either party may file a motion for a continuance to push the trial date back further. A motion will only be granted if a continuance is necessary to serve the interests of justice.
Sentence Review / Appeal in Arizona
A convicted defendant in Arizona has a right to appeal the following:
An appeals process in Arizona requires timely and detailed attention to the procedures and requirements set forth in the Arizona rules of criminal procedure. For more information, or to file an appeal, contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney. Arizona Revised Statutes and Rules of Criminal Procedure.
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Click here for the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure: