How does a defense of self defense work in Arizona?

Using self defense as a defense, when you are accused of a crime, is a legally accepted principle across the US legal system . The general principles of self defense are the same, but the details do differ slightly from state to state. If you have been accused of a crime, and believe you acted in self defense, you may be able to use this fact as an...
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What might the Californian three strikes law mean for you?

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The Californian three strikes law was first implemented in 1994, partly as a result of the outcry following the Polly Klaas murder case . Initially the law was one of the strictest pieces of criminal legislation ever implemented in the US. The original law stated that if a defendant committed a serious felony on two occasions, the sentence for the ...
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What constitutes assault and battery in California?

The first thing it's important to say is that assault and battery are actually two separate offences under California law. Assault is defined as an attempt to use violence or force against someone, and is dealt with under penal code 240 . Battery, which most people probably think of as assault, is the actual use of violence or force against another...
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Arrested on a DUI in Los Angeles – should you be read your rights?

You have been stopped for a suspected DUI offense in Los Angeles; should the officer who stops you read you your rights. It may surprise you to learn that US law is such that the answer to this question is, not necessarily. The thing about the Miranda warning , which is commonly referred to as Miranda rights is that it applies to people who are in ...
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Arrested on a DUI charge – can your silence be used against you?

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You may think that your silence cannot be used against you in court; this is not entirely true. This is not to say that you should volunteer information if you are pulled over on suspicion of a DUI; doing so is not usually a good idea. But, if you remain silent, this can be considered a sign of guilt; as was the case in People vs Tom . We are going...
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