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Statute Explanation: 13-1802 | Theft

theft-ARS-13-1802.jpgTheft in Arizona is a serious offense, with mandatory penalties of up to 12 ½ years in prison and large fines for first-time offenders. But the definition of theft itself can be a bit vague, and there are lots of ways that theft is qualified.That's why it's very important to understand the statue and what penalties you could be facing.

Statute Explanation: ARS 13-1805 & ARS 13-1819 | Shoplifting

Statute-Explanation-ARS-13-1805-pocket.jpgShoplifting is the act of stealing from a store while pretending to be a customer. This is also referred to informally as a 'five finger discount', or boosting. The store must be open for business at the time of the crime for it to be considered shoplifting; stealing from a closed store would be considered burglary.

Waiving Miranda Rights: An Easy Mistake to Make

Miranda rights exist to protect the accused, but are only used about 20% of the time. Many people waive their Miranda rights without meaning to, and don't even know what they have done. But it can be disastrous for your legal defense, so read on to know how these mistakes happen, and what you can do to prevent them.

Statute Explanation: ARS 13-1506 to 13-1508 | Burglary

What to Know about Burglary

Statute-Explanation-Burglary-ARS-13-506.jpgBurglary is illegal entry into private property, especially for the purpose of committing a crime. Usually, the intent is to steal something, but there are exceptions to that. For instance, if you break into a house to vandalize something, you can be charged with burglary. You don't need to damage any property or actually steal anything to be facing this charge. Usually if you break in to a place without permission, the government is going to assume the intent, but they still have to prove it.

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