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Arizona’s Maricopa County, home to the city of Surprise Arizona, is infamous for its county area courts collectively known as “Justice Court Hell”.
The justice courts are the lowest level courts in Arizona. The jurisdiction of these courts includes traffic infractions, misdemeanor criminal cases, evictions, and civil cases involving $5,000 or less. Justice Courts have jurisdiction over all criminal misdemeanor charges punishable by a fine only.
Justices of the Peace (aka Justice Court Judges) at the Surprise Justice Court are elected officials who serve six-year terms and need not be attorneys. Justices hear oral pleas from defendants on a wide range of misdemeanor crimes such as theft, assault, DUI, drug possession, prostitution, animal abuse, and other lesser offenses. Justices are not required by law to have formal legal training or education. Justices rely on Surprise police officials for the majority of their information, while Surprise prosecutors often present incomplete testimony of Surprise Police officers resulting in unfair Surprise justice court trials.
If you have been arrested for possession of drugs, driving under the influence (DUI), or a violent crime in Surprise you should contact a Gurion Legal criminal defense lawyer immediately for a free case consultation. Call (480) 800-0020.
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Arizona DUI Laws – Facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming for many people in Surprise Arizona. Many people who are charged with first-offense DUIs have no criminal records or experience with how their cases might be handled by the courts. A DUI Defense Attorney at Gurion Legal, can explain the potential penalties you might face and identify different defenses that you might be able to raise against your charges. You can find more information about the various Arizona DUI offenses, their potential penalties, and some defense options that might be available.
Misdemeanor DUI & Aggravated DUI – All states have laws against driving under the influence. Surprise Arizona is no exception. Arizona laws prohibit driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. In fact, Arizona has a “zero tolerance” meaning even the slightest amount of alcohol can lead to an arrest – something as innocent as cold-medicine or mouthwash could cause a significant problem for you. Charges and penalties for receiving a DUI vary depending on the circumstances.
Extreme DUI & Super Extreme DUI – Whether you recently had your first DUI charge or a repeat DUI charge, it is still a scary experience. Most DUI-related arrests are for first-time convictions in the state of Arizona. It can be stressful to know where to turn in this situation, especially if you are in the middle of your first DUI. To start, you should know that there are typically three types of DUI charges. The convictions are standard or regular DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUIs. Each classification carries specific penalties, including repeat offenses. Penalties are much harsher for Extreme DUI and super extreme DUIs and repeat offenders.
Marijuana DUI – As of November of 2020, marijuana use is now legal in the state of Arizona. This legality is only found through the passing of Proposition 208, however. Despite this legality for recreational or medical use, you can face a DUI on marijuana if you drive while under the influence of the drug. The lawyers at Gurion Legal fully understand how difficult these new marijuana laws are to comprehend. It is difficult even for police officers to determine if someone faces impairments when driving under the influence of the drug. If you get pulled over with marijuana, talk to a criminal defense team who can help.
Assault Charges – States decide what conduct constitutes a crime. As you might expect, assault is against the law in every state. You often see or hear “assault and battery” linked together as if they are the same thing. Typically, assault is the intentional threat of harm, and battery is the act of harming someone. A person accused of either may face criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit.
Domestic Violence Charges – Over the last two years, we have seen a significant spike in domestic violence cases in Arizona. A lot of speculation is that Covid-19 is to blame due to the fact that families have been quarantined for extended periods of time and other issues in their personal lives. Maybe someone lost a loved one, lost their job, lost their home, or something else. While society is slowly working its way back to normalcy, people may still find themselves a little on edge.
Harassment Charges – Being charged with harassment, intimidation, or threatening can expose you to criminal liability, including jail, fines, and other consequences. Depending on the circumstances, these offenses can also be charged as crimes of domestic violence and result in enhanced penalties. Having a conviction on our record can also lead to other ongoing consequences in your life and potentially affect your ability to find a good job or housing or to secure credit.
Disordly Conduct Charges – Disorderly conduct charges under ARS § 13-2904, also called disturbing the peace, is a criminal offense. You might think that it isn’t all that severe since it is “just” a misdemeanor. But all criminal charges need to be taken seriously. Disturbing the peace can be charged as a felony in certain circumstances. In Arizona, felonies — and misdemeanors, too — stay on your record effectively your whole life. It is, therefore, essential to fight a disorderly conduct charge.
Murder or Manslaughter ChargesBicycle Accident Injury – Homicide and murder offenses are among the most serious felony crimes in Arizona. Anyone charged with a homicide or murder offense should retain an experienced defense attorney as soon after they have been charged as possible or before being charged when someone learns that they are a person of interest.
Violent Crime Charges – If you are facing a violent crime charge in Surprise Arizona, you may not know where to turn. This charge results from someone else accusing you of threatening harm or harming another individual within the state. Violent crime charges often result in jail time, including even misdemeanor charges, after conviction.
Durg Paraphernalia Charges – Drug paraphernalia is one of the many drug charges you can receive sentencing for in Surprise Arizona. Penalties for this crime include both misdemeanors and felonies. Regardless of if its a misdemeanor or a felony, a drug lawyer at Gurion Legal can help. If you do not understand what paraphernalia is, know that it has a broad definition. It includes any product used for the storage, preparation, ingestion, or manufacturing of drugs. Paraphernalia ranges from a needle for ingestion, a pipe for smoking, or even baggies for dealing.
Possession of Dangerous Drugs – In Surprise Arizona, there are several dangerous drug charges you may face. You will need the help of a criminal defense attorney with Gurion Legal if you possess drugs, sell them, or use them. Most of the time, the penalties include jail or prison time and high fines, no matter the specific drug crime.
Drug Trafficking Charges – Drug trafficking charges involving selling, transporting, or trafficking illegal drugs can expose you to severe penalties in Arizona. The penalties for selling drugs in the state will vary depending on the amount sold. Depending on the circumstances, your record, and the types and amounts of drugs, you could also be charged federally and face a lengthier sentence.
Manufacturing Dangerous Drugs – In recent years, law enforcement personnel have made it more important to seek out those involved in drug manufacturing. The goal is to prevent the distribution of dangerous substances like fentanyl and prescription drugs. In Surprise Arizona, a manufacturing drugs charge is a serious crime that may cause you to face intense consequences.
Marijuana Related Charges – The passage of Proposition 207 by voters in Arizona in the Nov. 2020 general election changed how the recreational use of marijuana by adults is treated. Legalizing recreational marijuana has resulted in major changes in some Arizona marijuana laws for marijuana and paraphernalia possession offenses.
Child Trafficking Charges – Child sex trafficking is among the most serious sex crimes with which you can be charged. Because of the vulnerability of child trafficking victims, Arizona has instituted severe penalties for people who are convicted of this offense. If you have been charged with child sex trafficking, Gurion Legal has provided this overview of the Arizona laws, penalties, and defenses that might apply to these types of cases.
Luring a Minor Charges – Luring a child for sexual exploitation in Arizona is a serious sex crime carrying severe penalties. People who are convicted of luring or aggravated luring will face multiple penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, substantial fines, and lifetime registration as sex offenders, among other penalties. If you face this type of charge, here is some information about the offense, the potential penalties, and some possible defenses that might be available to you from the Surprise sex crimes attorneys at Gurion Legal.
Indecent Exposure Charges – Surprise Arizona has criminalized sexual acts done where another person can see them. Like Indecent Exposure Laws, Public Sexual Indecency for a violation of Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS 13-1403) is a lower-level sex offense, but one that aggravates and still carries harsh penalties.
Sex Offender Related Charges – People who are convicted of certain sex crimes in Surprise Arizona will be required to register on the state’s sex offender registry. Sex offender registration lasts for a lifetime unless the registrant is younger than age 18 at the time of the offense. If you were convicted of a sex crime in a different state that required you to register as a sex offender and then move to Arizona, you would also have to register in Arizona upon your arrival. Failing to register as a sex offender when required to do so can result in Class 4 felony charges.
Sexual Assault Charges – Rape in Arizona is prosecuted under our Sexual Assault statute pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 13-1406. Sexual Assault charges are some of the most serious criminal charges in Arizona’s criminal code. To prove that you committed Sexual Assault for a violation of A.R.S. § 13-1406 the State will need to prove that you intentionally or knowingly engaged in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without their consent.
Sexual Abuse Charges – Sexual abuse charges in Arizona are treated very seriously. A conviction for this offense can result in a long prison sentence, stiff fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and other potential penalties. These types of allegations are understandably frightening for most people who are accused. The experienced sex crimes attorneys at Gurion Legal have compiled information about this offense, the penalties, and some potential defenses that might be raised.
Sexual Exploitation Charges – Arizona has some of the strictest laws on the books for sex crimes. If you are charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 13-3553 you will be facing a Class 2 Felony. If the State charges you with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor for child pornography it must prove that you knowingly did one of the following: (1) Distributed, transported, exhibited, received, sold, purchased, electronically transmitted, possessed, or exchanged any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct, or (2) Recorded, filmed, photographed, developed, or duplicated any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct
Sexual Misconduct with a Minor Charges – The criminal justice system within the state of Arizona treats sex offenses severely. Two different sexual offenses that can have serious consequences include sexual misconduct with a minor and child molestation. While these two offenses both involve children, they are different sex crimes. However, both carry severe penalties that will depend on the age of the victim, your past criminal history, and the circumstances of your case. Both offenses also have several similar defenses that might help you to fight your charges.
Surprise AZ Directory of City Services and Places
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Surprise Police Stations, Courts, and Jails
|City of Surprise: Police Department||Police department||14250 W Statler Plaza Surprise AZ 85374|
|Surprise City Hall||City Hall|City government office||16000 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise AZ 85374|
|Court Building A||County government office||14264 W Tierra Buena Ln Surprise AZ 85374|
|Surprise City Court||City courthouse||16081 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise AZ 85374|
|Arrowhead Justice Court||County government office||14264 W Tierra Buena Ln Surprise AZ 85374|
|City of Surprise Public Safety Facility||Public safety office||14250 W Statler Plaza Surprise AZ 85374|
|Avondale Jail||Prison||e 519 E Western Ave Avondale AZ 85323|
|City of Surprise: Police Department||Police department||14250 W Statler Plaza Surprise AZ 85374|
|Arizona State Prison||Prison||26700 AZ-85 Buckeye AZ 85326|
|Lower Buckeye Jail||Prison||3250 W Lower Buckeye Rd Phoenix AZ 85009|
Surprise Bail Bond Services
|Didn t Do It Bail Bonds – Phoenix Bail Bondsman||Bail bonds service||210 N 43rd Ave Phoenix AZ 85009|
|Sanctuary Bail Bonds Phoenix||Bail bonds service|Loan agency||337 N 4th Ave Phoenix AZ 85003|
|Affordable Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||115 W McDowell Rd Suite 4A Phoenix AZ 85003|
|Renegade Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||244 N Country Club Dr Mesa AZ 85201|
|Alliance Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||1013 S Stapley Dr Mesa AZ 85204|
Surprise Hospitals & Urgent Care
|HonorHealth | FastMed Urgent Care||Urgent care center|Doctor|Emergency care service|Medical clinic|Women’s health clinic|Walk-in clinic||12775 W Bell Rd #100 Surprise AZ 85378|
|Express Urgent Care||Urgent care center|Emergency care physician|Emergency care service||16578 W Greenway Rd #202 Surprise AZ 85388|
|Express Urgent Care – Surprise||Urgent care center|Emergency care physician|Emergency care service|Walk-in clinic|X-ray lab||13755 N Litchfield Rd #105 Surprise AZ 85379|
|MedPost Urgent Care of Surprise||Urgent care center|Medical clinic|Walk-in clinic||16840 W Waddell Rd #110 Surprise AZ 85379|
|Banner Health Center||Medical clinic|Emergency care service|Family practice physician|Internist|Medical Center|Pediatrician|Pulmonologist|Sleep clinic|Surgeon|Surgical center||13995 W Statler Blvd Surprise AZ 85374|
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