Who is Required to Register as a Sex Offender in Arizona?

A gavel and handcuffs, representing the question of who is required to register as a sex offender in Arizona

A consequence of being convicted of a sex crime is the requirement to register on the state’s sex offender registry. Becoming a registered sex offender affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life, from where they can live to what jobs they can secure and which educational opportunities they can pursue. Here is what you …

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Are Lie Detector Tests Legally Admissible in Arizona?

A person taken a lie detector test, which can be legally admissible in Arizona

A polygraph, more commonly known as a lie detector, is a test used in criminal investigations that measures physiological responses in a subject’s body as they answer a series of questions. Despite what crime shows may lead viewers to believe, administering a lie detector test is not all that common. This is because only 18 …

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What To Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

A man who is stressed after being falsely accused of domestic violence

Facing charges for any crime is an overwhelming experience. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you’re likely worried not only about legal penalties, but also about your reputation with friends, family, and even your employer. There are many reasons a person may make false allegations of domestic violence, including revenge or to …

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How Medical Conditions Can Affect DUI Field Sobriety Tests

A police officer performing a DUI field sobriety test

If you are stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you may be asked to perform field sobriety tests, also known as FSTs. These are intended to determine whether or not you are impaired, but there is debate about their accuracy. In addition, some medical conditions and affect performance on DUI field sobriety …

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How Do Police Determine Marijuana Impairment?

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Recreational marijuana use became legal in Arizona after the passage of Proposition 207 in November of 2020. However, driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal, and drivers face harsh penalties if they are convicted of this crime. It’s important to understand how police determine marijuana impairment during driving under the influence (DUI) arrests …

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When Does an Officer Need to Read Your Miranda Rights?

A man who is under arrest after being read his Miranda rights

Most people are familiar with the concept of Miranda rights. This is when a law enforcement officer informs someone of their constitutional rights regarding police questioning. This is a necessary step before any interrogation, per the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona. However, there are some misconceptions about when exactly an officer is required to …

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The History of Drunk Driving Laws in the US

A man drinking and driving, which would be affected by the history of drunk driving laws

The vast majority of people in the United States have never lived in a time without laws against driving under the influence (DUI). Drunk or drugged driving is illegal throughout the country and has harsh penalties, especially in Arizona. However, these laws have not always existed and instead have developed over time. There have been …

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