The Judge recommended that I go to Thinking for a Change, what does this mean?

Cindy Castillo Arizona Law, FAQs

Thinking for a Change 4.0 (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Thinking for a Change incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem solving skills. Thinking for a Change is comprised of 25 lessons that build upon each other, …

The Judge recommended that I go to MOSAIC, what does this mean?

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MOSAIC Substance Abuse Program Expands in Former Tent City Space The Tent City jail is officially closed, and in its place, Maricopa County is expanding an innovative program to reduce the number of repeat offenders by addressing their substance abuse and mental health issues. The air-conditioned dayroom where Tent City inmates once spent time is now housing and classroom space …

The Judge recommended that I go to Reach Out, what does this mean?

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Maricopa County Adult Probation’s Reach Out Program The Judge recommended that I go to Reach Out, what does this mean? The Maricopa County Adult Probation’s Reach Out Program is aimed to help treat convicted substance abusers. The program is geared towards probationers that are serving a jail sentence. The process starts with a court order for assessment or by a …

Legal Help with Student’s School Board

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If you or a family member are a student and are the focus of a criminal investigation, it is important that you seek the assistance of an experienced attorney immediately. Many times, criminal investigations that are focused on students, whether they are in high school, college, university or trade school, may face other collateral consequences including suspension or expulsion or …

JUSTIFICATION DEFENSES TO ASSAULT AND GUN CRIMES

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As detailed in the Castillo Law practice areas entitled “Assault Crimes” and “Gun Crimes,” you can be arrested and charged with several serious crimes here in Arizona if you use a firearm, even if you think that you are justified at the time. The following outlines some legal “justification” defenses (and limits to those defenses) that we can use to …

How to Behave in the Courtroom

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Sit quietly in the courtroom, whenever court is in session. The proceedings are being taped and background noise may interfere with the quality of the taped record. Turn off your cell phone, or put your phone on silent. The vibrate setting will still cause a disturbance. Do not bring food, drinks or gum into the courtroom. Do not bring small …

How to Dress for Court

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First, it is important to understand that the way you dress for court influences the way a judge, prosecutor and/or jury views and assesses you, whether or not it be a conscious decision on their end. Dress in business attire in order to appear professional and courteous. This includes: modest hemlines and necklines, neutral colors and cleanliness. Do not appear …

How to Talk to Friends or Family in Custody

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Inmates are not allowed to receive incoming telephone calls. They can make personal outgoing calls, which are recorded phone calls among family and friends, or legal outgoing calls, which are non-recorded phone calls with legal counsel. Do not discuss your loved one’s case over the phone. Do not allow your loved one to become negative about the process, suggest unremorseful …

How to Post Bail

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In order to notify family members or friends of their arrest, inmates are given access to a telephone in order to place collect calls. Questions regarding an inmate’s initial arrest should be directed to the arresting agency, if it can be done without doing further harm to the inmate’s case. Bonds and fines may be paid at the Fourth Avenue Jail …

How to Visit an Inmate in a Maricopa County Jail

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Obtain the name, booking number and/or date of birth of the incarcerated person by calling Sheriff’s Information Management Services at 602-876-0322. Before visiting an inmate, contact the jail’s visitation phone number to find out if any housing units are on visitation restrictions: 4th Avenue Jail 602-876-1239 Lower Buckeye Jail 602-876-1236 Estrella Jail 602-876-1222 Towers Jail 602-876-1679 Durango Jail 602-876-3555 Tent City …

What is a Veteran’s Court?

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A few cities in Arizona have established Veteran’s Courts in order to focus on  rehabilitation and restoration for veterans who find themselves facing criminal charges. The Facts: There are over 140,000 veterans incarcerated to date. Veterans continue to come home with similar conditions to those of veterans who served in Vietnam. In 1958, 21% of all men in State Prison and …

How To Apply for a Good Cause Exception with the Board of Fingerprinting

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To apply for a Good Cause Exception, complete the following application and submit it to the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting: http://www.azbof.gov/forms/appgce.pdf You should not download the application and submit it until your application for a fingerprint clearance card has been denied, or your card has been suspended. Do not submit an application until you receive the Department of Public Safety notice …

Do You Qualify for a Good Cause Exception with the Board of Fingerprinting?

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41-619.55. Good cause exceptions; expedited review; hearing; revocation The board shall determine good cause exceptions. The board shall determine a good cause exception after an expedited review or after a good cause exception hearing. The board shall conduct an expedited review within twenty days after receiving an application for a good cause exception. Within forty-five days after conducting an expedited …

What Criminal Offenses Will Preclude You from Obtaining a Fingerprint Clearance Card in AZ?

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From 41-1758.03. Fingerprint clearance cards; issuance; immunity A person who is subject to registration as a sex offender in this state or any other jurisdiction or who is awaiting trial on or who has been convicted of committing or attempting, soliciting, facilitating or conspiring to commit one or more of the following offenses in this state or the same or …

Will Your Fingerprint Clearance Card Be Suspended or Revoked?

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41-1758.04. Denial, suspension or revocation of fingerprint clearance card The division shall deny the issuance of a fingerprint clearance card to any person who is awaiting trial on or who has been convicted of an offense listed in section 41-1758.03, subsection B or C or section 41-1758.07, subsection B or C. The division shall revoke the fingerprint clearance card of …

Medical Alternatives to an Ignition Interlock Device (Update 06/2015)

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You may apply for use of a CAMP device (ankle bracelet) instead of an ignition interlock device for medical reasons if unable to provide a breath sample. To apply, please follow the guidelines below: ALCOHOL MONITORING DEVICE APPLICATION The ignition interlock device is a breath alcohol sensing instrument installed in a motor vehicle and connected to the ignition system to …

What is SR22 Insurance?

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An SR-22 is an endorsement (certificate) of insurance that is issued by an insurer to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or to the Secretary of State. An SR-22 is generally required after a driver has been cited for driving without proper insurance. It can also be required for traffic-related offenses such as DUIs and those that involve negligence or …

How Can I Reinstate My Revoked License?

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If your license is revoked, you must submit a Revocation Investigation Packet. The MVD will then conduct an investigation. If your reinstatement request is approved, you will pay the necessary reinstatement and reapplication fees and your privileges will be restored. If your request is denied you are eligible to request an Administrative Hearing. An investigation packet is not required for …

How to Reinstate a Suspended License

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Depending on the reason for the suspension, the manner in which you reinstate may vary. For example, court ordered suspensions require a clearance from the court. Other suspensions may require an SR-22. Once any required documentation is obtained, take the documents to your local driver license facility and pay the appropriate reinstatement and reapplication fees. A vision screening will be …

When Can You Apply for a Restricted Driving Permit?

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Provided you meet the necessary requirements, a restricted driving permit can be issued to you either by mail or in any Driver License office. “Necessary requirements” would be when a breath, blood or urine test has been submitted to MVD indicating a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, it is the first DUI within five years, and the DUI …

What is the Difference Between a Suspension and a Revocation?

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A suspension has a specific start and end date.  When the suspension period ends, the licensee pays the reinstatement fee and any reapplication fees to restore his/her driving privilege. Revocations are indefinite. There is a minimum length of time, usually one to three years, but the action does not automatically end on that date. The individual must go through an …

How Long Does a Conviction Stay on your Record?

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In Arizona a conviction will stay on your record forever. It will stay on your insurance or MVR for five years from the date of conviction. However, you may qualify for a Set Aside of your conviction and restoration of your civil and gun rights. Click here to learn more about Set Asides

How to Deal with an Impounded Vehicle and Obtain a Duplicate Registration

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Duplicate Vehicle Registration is a simple process: ENSURE ADDRESS IS CORRECT AND TEST YOUR PRINTER ENTER INFORMATION AND CONFIRM RECORD PAY FEE VIEW CONFIRMATION AND PRINT REGISTRATION PROVIDE FEEDBACK (OPTIONAL) This application allows you to obtain a duplicate registration document only, no month/year tab will be mailed. Click here to go to the Duplicate Vehicle Registration page on Service Arizona

How to Get Your MVD Record in Arizona

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It is very easy to obtain your motor vehicle record in Arizona. All you have to do is go to the Service Arizona website and select the motor vehicle record page. You will have the option of getting either a 3 year or 5 year report. We recommend you get the 5 year report. Also be aware that this is …

How to Change Your Address on Your Driver’s License

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To change your address on your Driver’s License, go to Arizona Motor Vehicle Department’s website and click on the Address Change page. Follow the steps outlined on the website. All address changes are free. However, there is a charge for a driver license or identification card. Transactions cannot be performed during scheduled maintenance periods: Daily: 11:50pm – 12:10am Sunday: Midnight – 2:00am Click …