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Other Misdemeanors in Phoenix

Both federal and state laws divide most crimes into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors entail less serious crimes than felonies, and are typically punishable by a jail sentence of one year or less and/or a fine. In Arizona, misdemeanors have three classifications: class 1 misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a maximum $2,500 fine, class 2 misdemeanors can have a maximum punishment of up to four months in prison and/or a maximum $750 fine, and class 3 misdemeanors receive a sentence of up to thirty days imprisonment and/or a maximum $300 fine. Examples of misdemeanors are public drunkenness, shoplifting, harassment, and vandalism.

Depending on the circumstances, misdemeanors can move down to infractions or upgrade to a felony, and it is a good idea to consult a Phoenix criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of a crime, misdemeanor or otherwise.

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Can You Be Arrested for Not Serving Gays?

Wednesday afternoon, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial anti-gay bill that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers, CNN reports.

But what happens if a business owner in Phoenix balks at Brewer's veto of SB 1062 and refuses to serve gay customers, anyway? More specifically, can he or she be arrested?

The answer will turn on whether it's viewed criminally or civilly.

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.

ASU Annual Crime Report Reveals Trends on Campus

Arizona State University's (ASU) annual crime report for the 2012 calendar year is out. This report is published annually and provides crime statistics for the previous three-year period, Arizona's KTVK-TV reports.

What important findings came out of this year's report? Here's a general overview of some numbers from 2012:

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?

The 5 Documents You Need to Have When Driving in Arizona

When you're driving there are probably a lot of things in arms reach: mints, chapstick, some old receipts. But what about documents? There's some paperwork everyone needs, but there's also some that are specific for the lucky few that call Arizona home.

When you're getting into your car, you might not consider what paperwork to keep in the glove compartment. It generally doesn't fall on the traditional wallet-cell phone-keys list.

But if you get stopped by police or involved in an accident, there are some documents you'll wish you had. Without them, you might find yourself in some legal trouble.

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.

Last week, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office sent an undercover detective to a Sun City massage parlor. According to authorities, a masseuse offered the detective a lot more than a massage.

Deborah A. Schmidt, the owner of the massage parlor, is accused of running a brothel out of the business, reports. She was arrested Tuesday night and charged with maintaining a house of prostitution.

When 15-year-old Samantha White got into a fight with her boyfriend this week, she did what any sensible teenager would do: She faked her own kidnapping.

White was reported missing Tuesday morning, after her aunt found a note that read, "You will get her back when she gets what she deserves." The disappearance led to a massive search.

White came clean about the hoax after police found her walking around a San Tan Valley neighborhood on Thursday, reports.

It seems like every month Sheriff Arpaio is busting another pet owner for keeping too many pets in cramped quarters. Pet hoarding can have disastrous effects on animals’ health and well-being. That’s why Arizona requires permits for people who keep more than five dogs at a time.

If you plan on opening a breeding, grooming, or kenneling business — or if you just want to raise a bunch of dogs in an enclosed space — you’re going to need a kennel permit. Below, we’ve included everything you need to know to obtain a kennel permit in Maricopa County.