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Know some basic considerations about a jury trial

If you are facing criminal charges, you will likely be reminded of your right to have a jury trial to determine the outcome of your case. The right to a jury trial is provided in the Bill of Rights. Of course, this right doesn't apply to all cases. Typically, you will be given the option of a jury trial if you are facing an imprisonment sentence of six months or more. That means that for petty misdemeanors, you probably won't have the right to a jury trial.

Marijuana charges are still felonies in Arizona

As we discussed last week, a measure to decriminalize marijuana is going to be coming up for a vote in November. Polls about how the measure vote will go are showing mixed results. Whether or not that measure passes has no impact on people who are facing marijuana charges today because marijuana is still illegal in this state for anyone who doesn't qualify for medical marijuana under the terms of the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

Marijuana decriminalization measure slated for vote in November

People who use marijuana in Arizona can face criminal charges because of the zero tolerance laws in this state. A recent ballot initiative showed that legalization of cannabis would likely pass if it was set to a vote now. That means that around 600,000 people who use marijuana now wouldn't face criminal charges on a state level if such a measure passed.

Misdemeanor charge defenses should be carefully planned

The profound impact that misdemeanors can have on your life was the subject of our previous blog post. That blog post was important for anyone who is facing misdemeanor charges; many people think that because misdemeanors aren't typically as serious as felonies that they can't impact your life in the same way as a felony. That isn't the case.


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