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Other Felonies in Phoenix

Both federal and state laws divide most crimes into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies entail the more serious crimes and carry the heaviest sentences. Typically, crimes that result in punishments requiring more than one year imprisonment are considered felonies. Felonies can include violent crimes such as murder and rape, as well as non-violent crimes such as theft and arson.

In addition to jail time, felonies can also result in fines and certain rights taken away, such as the right to vote or own firearms. If you need legal advice on any criminal law issue in Phoenix, including felony charges, a Phoenix criminal defense attorney can assess your legal issue and help develop a good defense strategy.


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Ex-NFL Player Darren Sharper Indicted on Sex Assault Charges

Former NFL player Darren Sharper has been charged in Tempe, Arizona for sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs relating to the assault.

Sharper is also under investigation for other alleged sexual assault cases in California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Florida, according to CNN.

A grand jury in Tempe indicted Sharper on the criminal charges, and the next step is trial.

When Can Police Legally Fire on Suspects?

A U.S. deputy marshal opened fire Monday on a man suspected of stealing a rifle from a Pinal County police officer's car.

One of the suspects was allegedly climbing out of the window of a Ford Mustang when police fired shots and wounded him, AZ Central reported. The U.S. Marshal claimed that the suspect was making "furtive movements" as he was climbing out the window, so he shot him.

This story may leave Phoenix residents wondering: When can police legally shoot a suspect?

Supreme Court Turns Down Ariz. Abortion Case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Ninth Circuit's decision that declared Arizona's abortion ban unconstitutional. This means that Arizona's law banning abortions starting at 20 weeks of gestation remains invalidated, according to Reuters.

Prior to appealing to the Supreme Court, the constitutionality of the ban was heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Ninth Circuit's ruling gives a huge win for reproductive justice advocates in Arizona.

Felonies and Misdemeanors: What's the Difference in Arizona?

By law, all crimes are defined as either felonies or misdemeanors and it's important to understand the difference.

When a suspect is charged by prosecutors, the charges will specify whether the crime is being treated as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you know that information, you know how serious the potential sentence could be for that defendant.

That's because Arizona, like most states, separates misdemeanors and felonies based on the potential term of imprisonment for a crime. So what exactly is the cutoff?

It’s a weird world we’re living in. And here at the Phoenix Criminal Law Blog, we report on some of the weirdest of it.

From shoplifting news anchors to stomach-turning job interviews, 2012 was a great year for weird in the Valley. Here are our top five craziest criminal law stories of the past year.

Michael C. Gilliland, founder and former CEO of Sunflower Farmers Market, was busted last year in Phoenix as part of a child prostitution sting.

The incident cost Gilliland his job. Now it will cost him his freedom -- for 28 days, at least. On Tuesday, the former CEO was sentenced to four weeks in jail for misdemeanor attempted pandering, The Associated Press reports.

Casino reward cards have long been one of the perks of being a habitual gambler. One Arizona couple is accused of using a rewards program to scam a local casino out of about $27,000.

Mark Allen Lomayestewa, an employee of Casino Arizona, allegedly filed false player reports in his girlfriend's name to rack up rewards points, The Arizona Republic reports. Now, Lomayestewa and girlfriend Henrietta Wagner are facing federal charges for embezzlement and theft.

David Luellen was kicked out of a Scottsdale bar early Monday after getting into a drunken argument with the bartender. Luellen wanted revenge, so he decided to slash the bartender's tires.

The problem was that Luellen wasn't sure which car belonged to the bartender. He didn't let that stop him, however.

Luellen was arrested after reportedly slashing the tires of 21 cars in a nearby parking garage, CBS 5 News reports. He's now facing charges for theft, burglary, and criminal damage.

After Friday's tragedy, it's mindboggling that someone would joke around about a school shooting. A 17-year-old Prescott girl, however, is accused of doing just that.

Both Prescott High School and Taylor Hicks Elementary School were placed on lockdown Friday after school officials received a report about a gunman in the area. When questioned, however, the student who made the report told authorities she "made it up," Fox 10 News reports.

The girl now faces felony charges for the hoax.

It's unclear just what Demarco Alonzo Thomas thought the police could do for him. Thomas allegedly agreed to transport drug money from North Carolina to Tucson for a cartel, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

He called police last month after he lost $20,000 of the drug money and was threatened by the cartel. But officers found the missing $20,000 stashed in Thomas' suitcase and wallet. The money was confiscated and Thomas was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering.