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Category: Sex Crimes

SCOTUS, Preliminary Hearings & Brady Material

November 28th, 2013

The United States Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a case where the prosecution is arguing – Brady evidence is not required to be disclosed before a preliminary hearing.

The cases is: California v. Gutierrez


Does the due process obligation, outlined in Brady v. Maryland, require prosecutors to provide exculpatory evidence to a defendant before …

A Quick And Dirty Daubert Explanation

August 15th, 2012

Daubert Challenges of Experts

Daubert is the name of an United States Supreme Court case regarding the admissibility of scientific evidence: Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  While the case was decided in 1993, it’s holdings are new to Arizona.  Despite some arguments to the contrary by a few luddites, Arizona adopted it on January 1, 2012.  Arizona’s change to …

High Tech Porn Can Mean High Tech Trouble

November 11th, 2009

Law enforcement and prosecutors hear this defense all the time: “it wasn’t me.”  If you went and visited a state prison, you would probably hear a lot of people behind bars say “it wasn’t me.”  Let’s face it: a lot of people will not own up to a crime that they have committed.  Thus, when you hear someone say …

Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Allegations In Divorce (SAID)

October 27th, 2009

What is S.A.I.D. Syndrome?

Because of the growing number of false sexual allegations in divorce cases the term SAID syndrome was created to identify the problem.

What are some scenarios in which we commonly see false allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor?

(1)The allegation of sexual abuse occurs only after a divorce or other legal proceeding is initiated; …

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Seizure and Asset Forfeiture

August 12th, 2009

Asset forfeiture occurs when the government claims someone has profited from criminal activity.  The government will then attempt to seize the proceeds of that criminal conduct.  However, law enforcement often seizes money and property well beyond what the law allows.  Common scenarios include a person who was not involved in a crime yet has their property taken; or when …

Can I Go To Work During My Jail Term?

July 21st, 2009

There are many crimes in Arizona that result in a person serving a term of jail.  A term of jail can devastate a person’s career.  However, there are two programs that will allow a person to continue working while a person is serving a term of jail.  Furthermore, these programs DO NOT extend the time a person spends in …

Resources for Arizona Domestic Violence Crimes

June 24th, 2009

Below is a list of resources for information on domestic violence.

  • Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence 301 E. Bethany Home Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013 Phone: 602-279-2900 FAX: 602-279-2980 TTY: 602-279-7270 1-800-782-6400 E-mail:
  •  The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence 602-279-2900 or 800-782-6400
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • Arizona Humane Society Project Safe House 1-602-997-7585 Ext. 134

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