Many defendants ask whether it matters if the officer signed the complaint or ticket at the site of issue. Unfortunately, this is a complicated topic without a concrete answer. Arizona cases have not addressed this question squarely; however, in Erdman v. Superior Court of Maricopa County, the court held that lack of a signature alone was reason enough to dismiss the case. Erdman v. Superior Court, 102 Ariz. 524, 433 P.2d 972 (1967). In Erdman, one officer arrested the defendant while another officer signed the complaint. The issue was whether a criminal complaint was signed by someone who merely relied on another's information, which said that the defendant committed some illegal activity, and if that is sufficient to present in court.
Summer is quickly approaching and people are starting to plan their summer getaways. Whether you are jetting off to a tropical paradise or hopping a short plane ride over to California for your vacation, here is a little insider tip, FLY responsibly.
Underage DUIs, or "Baby DUIs" as they are referred to, are unique in Arizona because they are handled in part like a juvenile case and in part like an adult DUI. For instance, If you are under the age of 18 (and not too close to your 18th birthday), your case will be filed in juvenile court, likely in Mesa, Arizona, where the consequences and sentencing structure are significantly different than adult courts like Scottsdale City Court or Tempe City Court..
People are often confused by the difference between city jails, county jails and prison. While these facilities are similar there are several important differences.
This weekend there was "all the fixin's" at the 5th annual Arizona BBQ Festival held in Scottsdale at Salt River Fields. There was no shortage of entertainment this weekend, because if tons of smoked meat and beer wasn't enough to entertain you, there was always live music playing throughout the day, along with the "redneck zone". The "redneck zone" was an 18+ area where there were themed games and contests happening throughout the day. From a watermelon seed spitting contest, to keg rolling, to a mullet beauty pageant, there was never a dull moment in the day.
In a recent court case, Maricopa Judge Katherine Cooper ruled that the use of marijuana extract, a variation of the plant used to make marijuana products such as candies and lollipops, is legal. Judge Cooper's decision overruled a view held by some that the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act only allows the consumption of actual pieces of the marijuana plant.
Last week attorney Craig Rosenstein shared his legal knowledge with a group of students in a Law Office and Client Management class, taught by fellow attorney, Alexander Y. Benikov, at Arizona Summit Law School. He combined his legal background with his entrepreneurial skills and spoke on how to start, run, and grow one's own law firm, just as he did with his business, the Rosenstein Law Group.
This weekend the Rosenstein Law Group was at the Chandler Great American BBQ and Beer Festival, where BBQ smells filled that air, the San Tan beer was flowing, and award winning headliners Blues Travelers closed the event with a bang!
At the Rosenstein Law Group we understand that everyone is human and people make mistakes, such as drinking and driving. We also believe that one mistake should not ruin the rest of your life. That is why we offer a service called a set aside. A set aside is the closest thing, in Arizona, to a more common term called expungement.
St. Patty's Weekend is full of green beads, green beer, green everything! But what do you do if at the end of your night you are seeing those red and blue flashing lights?