Arizona Criminal Law and Procedure Blog

Best Lawyers In America 2017

Posted by Steven Sherick | Apr 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Best Lawyers has once again chosen to recognize Steve Sherick for the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense.   Sherick and Bleier PLLC has been recognized again for Best Law Firms in the United States for Criminal Defense. 

Setting Aside a Criminal Conviction in Arizona

Posted by Steven Sherick | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arizona allows a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense to apply to judge for an order to set aside the judgment of guilt.  To be eligible to have a conviction set aside the individual must have fulfilled the conditions of his/her conditions of probation or discharged the sentence of...

Title IX Rights of Accused Students Violated

Posted by Steven Sherick | Oct 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently reported that Wesley College had violated the Title IX rights of students accused of sexual assault.   Among the violations found by OCR were:        1) The school would impose interim suspensions before interviewing the acc...

SORNA Victory for Defendants in SCOTUS

Posted by Adam Bleier | Apr 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday a Kansas man was improperly arrested and convicted for violating a federal law that required him, as a sex offender, to notify authorities when he moved to another country. In this case, a registered sex offender who lived in Leavenworth, Kansas, moved to the P...

Proposed Sentencing Reform Act of 2015

Posted by Adam Bleier | Nov 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Federal criminal sentencing for most non-violent offenses is extremely harsh.  This is because the law imposes mandatory minimum punishments on offenders if the given drug charged is above a certain threshold weight.  This has resulted in a huge increase in the prison population of non-violent dr...

Misdemeanor Compromises in Arizona

Posted by Adam Bleier | Sep 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Misdemeanor Compromise is a method to get a case dismissed.  It is an out of court agreement between a defendant and an alleged victim in certain types of misdemeanor cases.  Upon filing of the affidavit, the Court dismisses the case.  Most cases with a victim can be settled in this manner. How...

A Brief Explanation of Diversion

Posted by Adam Bleier | Jun 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Diversion is frequently offered by the State in misdemeanor criminal cases for first time offenders.  At its most basic level, diversion is an agreement between the State and the client whereby the State agrees to dismiss the charge(s) upon completion of a consequence by the client.  The conseque...

Harsh Sex Offense Laws on Display in Florida Courtroom

Posted by Adam Bleier | May 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

A recent case in which a Florida couple convicted of "lewd and lacivious" conduct for having sex on the beach (admittedly in daylight), and who refused a number of plea offers prior to trial, appears to exhibit the harsh reality of sex offense laws throughout the country.  It appears from the new...

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