At least once in your life, you or someone you know will encounter legal complications. But, facing a criminal case is not something to take lightly. With your freedom and rights on the line, you’ll want to be defended by people who are experienced in criminal defense.
The law offices of Gary L. Rohlwing are experts in criminal cases, having handled thousands of cases in Arizona. Atty. Rohlwing personally engages with his clients, keeping them out of jail as much as possible, while minimizing a case’s impact on their family and career.
Assault, which can be physical, sexual or verbal in nature, is mostly considered a misdemeanor. However, it’s usually deemed a felony when a person commits assault using a weapon or a dangerous object. Serious physical injuries on the part of the victim can also make a case an aggravated assault.
Criminal damage is committed when a person recklessly defaces or damages another person’s property or a utility. It can also be applied to those who tamper objects or property to the point that their function or value is impaired. This mean that vandalism can also be considered criminal damage.
Considered a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct can refer to fighting with other people, creating unreasonable noise, disrupting business operations, and other reckless actions that may make other people feel intimidated or disrupted. People often face disorderly conduct charges when they are reported by neighbors or are deemed disorderly by the police.
Domestic violence cases often involve physical abuse, but they can also refer to psychological, sexual or emotional abuse. Financial abuse can also be claimed when a person limits his or her partner’s access to finances without reason. There are even cases of spiritual abuse when the victim is prohibited from practicing his or her religious beliefs.
Arizona drug laws detail the type of drugs prohibited in the state. Depending on the type and quantity of drug, a person can face jail time and fines not less than $2000 or three times the value of the illegal substance. Among the substances prohibited in Arizona are heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamine.
Felonies refer to crimes that result in one year or more of jail time. These can include class 1 felonies such as first degree murder to class 6 felonies such as possession of marijuana not used for medical purposes.
A person can be charged with forgery if he creates or alters a document to deceive other people. It can also refer to knowingly possessing or using a forged document. Sometimes, a forgery charge can be dismissed if the owner of a check, for example, gave the defendant the authority to forge his signature.
There are different categories under fraud, including credit card fraud and insurance fraud. Committing fraud includes making a false claim on your insurance, workers compensation or other services. It could also refer to paying someone with a check without the money to cover the cost.
In Arizona, misdemeanor cases can land a person to up to 6 months in jail and up to $2500 in fines. Common misdemeanor offenses include DUI, assault, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, reckless driving, shoplifting and theft.
People placed under probation have to follow the terms of the program or they may face serious consequences. Probation violation involves failing to check in with the judge or probation officer, failing to appear in court and violating other terms of the probation sentence.
Buying or selling sex, as well as profiting from prostitution is prohibited in Arizona. Any person involved in a sexual engagement under a fee agreement can face prostitution charges, which will result in jail time. Repeated offenses will result in more severe penalties, even for middlemen.
A sex crime may be considered a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the age of the victim and the type of sexual contact committed. Sexual abuse is committed when a person engages in sexual contact with someone who is 15 years or older without that person’s consent. If the person is younger, the penalties will be more severe. Other sex crimes include molestation of a child, sex trafficking and child pornography.
A person can be accused of shoplifting if he takes merchandise from an establishment without paying for it or paying less by altering the label or price tag of the item. It can also refer to people who charge the purchase of an item to a fictitious person or a person who did not give the defendant authority to use their name or credit card.
Theft can refer to physically controlling or getting another person’s property without his consent and using it. People can also be charged with theft if they obtain services and do not pay for them, thereby violating the fee agreement. Fraud can also qualify under theft.
Meanwhile, threatening someone can be defined as physical or verbal injury against another person or his property; threats can result in public inconveniences. They can also refer to incidents of gang violence or crime syndicates injuring others.
Violent crimes is the general category for several offenses such as homicide, manslaughter, sexual assault, armed robbery and kidnapping. People convicted of violent crimes may face harsh sentences, as well as restitution payments to victims.
Arrest warrants are issued against people suspected of committing crimes. A judge is required to determine if there is probable cause before issuing a warrant. A bench warrant is issued, on the other hand, if a person violates a court order. Meanwhile, search warrants are issued.
While owning a firearm is allowed under the law, it can be considered illegal if you commit a crime with it or if you illegally obtained or used it. There are also certain people who are not allowed to possess firearms.
If you are charged with any of the crimes mentioned, immediately contact the law offices of Gary L. Rohlwing and get an experienced trial lawyer on your side.