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Month: March 2014

What does it mean if my charges were dismissed?

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What does it mean if the charge is dismissed? In Arizona it means the State, City or County has decided not to proceed with its case against you.  It means that if you are asked on any application whether you have ever been convicted of a crime, you can answer “no.”  However, the fact that you […]

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Arrest and Arraignment for College Students

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What happens after I am charged? Usually, the law enforcement officer who charges you will give you your citation and release you without taking you to jail.  The citation will contain the name of the charge and the number of the statute you have been charged with violating, as well as a date and time […]

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Misdemeanors for College Students

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What is a misdemeanor? Under Arizona state law, crimes are categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors.  Felonies are the most serious crimes — murder, manslaughter, arson, rape, etc.  Misdemeanors are less serious crimes.  Some of the most common misdemeanors college students are charged with are underage drinking or possession of alcohol (also known as MIP), […]

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What is a Bench Trial?

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A bench trial takes place in front of a judge only. There is no jury. The judge is both the finder of fact and ruler on matters of law and procedure. The judge decides the credibility of the evidence presented at trial.

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