What is Criminal Damage in Arizona?

What is Criminal Damage in Arizona? Criminal damage is either a misdemeanor or felony. This is a serious offense that may result in significant legal consequences, including incarceration, fines and restitution. In addition, criminal damage is a “domestic violence” eligible offense per A.R.S. 13-3601(A). Indeed, the domestic violence designation imposes additional consequences upon a convicted… Read more »


What is Disorderly Conduct in Arizona?

A commonly asked question is what is Disorderly Conduct in Arizona. Indeed, Disorderly conduct is an Arizona criminal offense with a broad definition. Specifically, it includes any behavior disrupting a community’s or community member’s peace and order. This can include a wide range of actions anywhere from yelling and screaming in public to brandishing or… Read more »


What is Reckless Driving in Arizona?

Reckless driving in Arizona occurs when a person operates a vehicle in a manner that exhibits a willful disregard for the safety of people or property. Indeed, this offense is a Class 1 or Class 2 Misdemeanor in Arizona, depending on whether it is a second or first offense, respectively. Specifically, Arizona Revised Statute 28-693… Read more »


Aggressive Driving in Arizona

Aggressive Driving in Arizona is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Arizona Revised Statute 28-695 defines this offense. Indeed, the statute does not necessarily require a subjective interpretation of “aggressive”. Rather, the statute clearly details what the State must prove to convict a driver of Aggressive Driving. Specifically, A.R.S. 28-695 states: A person commits Aggressive Driving if… Read more »


Use of Physical Force in Self-Defense

A common question people ask is when to use physical force in self-defense. Knowing self-defense law is the best way a person can protect themselves, physically and legally. In a legal situation, it is important to know the limitations in using self-defense. Obviously, the primary goal of self-defense is to defend oneself against a reasonable… Read more »

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What is a Misdemeanor Pretrial Conference?

A misdemeanor pretrial conference occurs after the initial appearance and entry of the not guilty plea. But, it occurs before the trial. Indeed, a privately retained attorney will typically appear at the pretrial conference on a defendant’s behalf without the need for the defendant’s presence.  What Happens at the Misdemeanor Pretrial Conference? A misdemeanor pretrial… Read more »

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What is a Misdemeanor Initial Appearance?

A misdemeanor initial appearance is the first hearing for a misdemeanor prosecution in Arizona.  This hearing is also know as a misdemeanor arraignment. At this hearing, the judge will confirm identity information, explain the charges, a person’s rights, potential penalties and ask for a plea of guilty or not guilty.  Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure… Read more »

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Misdemeanor Consequences in Arizona

Misdemeanor consequences in Arizona carry up to six months jail and a fine not to exceed $2500.  Arizona’s limited jurisdiction courts (local municipal and county justice courts) handle misdemeanor prosecutions.   A misdemeanor is one of three categories of Arizona crimes.  Specifically, the categories are: Felonies Misdemeanors Petty Offenses Arizona Class 1 through 3 Misdemeanor Consequences… Read more »