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Criminal Defense Challenges for Prohibited Possession of Firearms Charges in Arizona

                                                        Questions before the Court

The Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure afford parties the right to request a change of judge before trial.  But these rights are not without limitations.

In a recent case, an Arizona appellate court reviewed a defendant’s conviction for misconduct involving weapons.  The appeal centered around two arguments, one being the defendant’s request for a new judge.

First, defendant had requested a peremptory change of judge under Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 10.2, which was denied by the trial court.

Secondly, the defendant challenged the sufficiency of the evidence used to obtain the conviction.

In this article we will also, take a closer look at the arguments, and summarize three concepts related to the Rules of Criminal Procedure for trial, which were addressed in this case:

  • The Right of the Parties to Request Change of Judge;
  • Special Actions v. Direct Appeals; and
  • Judgement of Acquittal

We will also discuss the proceedings, final ruling, the right to bear arms, procedural and evidentiary challenge in trial, and criminal defense for weapons charges.

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A Simulated Explosive Device (SED) is a “Prohibited
Weapons” under Arizona Law ARS § 13-3101.
Misconduct with a Prohibited Weapon such as SED is a
Class 5 felony. Knowing and intentional assault to a person
resulting from an SED is a Class 4 felony. All felony offenses in Arizona are
serious, and carry prison time. Here is a closer look at the
definitions, laws, and sentencing resulting from these offenses.

Prohibited Weapon Laws in Phoenix AZ

ARS § 13-3101 (8) (a)(i)(vi)(vii)(viii)(ix): Prohibited Weapons:

Simulated explosives are considered Prohibited Weapons and include (list not all inclusive:
• Improvised explosive devices (IEDs);
• Bombs; grenades, Propellant charged rockets with charges of more than 4 ounces Explosive mine; or other poisonous or incendiary gas;
• Breakable container containing flammable liquids or gases that flash at 150 degrees
• Chemical or combination of chemicals, compounds or materials, that generate gas causing rupture or bursting of a container;
• Any combination of materials designed with the purpose of making any of the items listed above.

Prohibited Weapons Classifications and Sentencing:

ARS § 13-3102. A. (3) Misconduct with Prohibited Weapons:

Simulated explosives are considered “prohibited weapons”. A person may be guilty of Prohibited Weapons charges if they manufacture, possess, transport, sell; or transfer a “prohibited weapon”.

A person guilty of assault by a Prohibited Weapon is a class 4 felony
And Misconduct with a Prohibited Weapon. Under A.R.S. § 13 -702 Prison Sentencing for
Sentencing for Misconduct with a “Prohibited Weapon”
• 0.1.5 Years Minimum to 3.0 Maximum
• 0. 1 Year Minimum Mitigated to 3.75 Years Maximum Aggravated
Simulated Explosive Devices

ARS § 13-3101. A (3) Explosives Include (in part):
• Dynamite;
• Nitroglycerine
• Black powder;
• Plastic explosives;
• Materials used with the intent of making explosives

ARS § 13 – 3110. (A) (B)
Misconduct involving simulated explosives:

A person may be guilty of Misconduct involving explosives if with the knowledge and intent to intimidate, threaten, harass or terrify another person if they :

• Send or place a simulated explosive device in a public or private place; or
• Display, place or send the simulated explosive in a conspicuous location for collectible, curio, or show purposes without proper labeling; clear and immediate warning, or written notice of its hazard or danger
Simulated Explosive Offenses Classification and Penalties

Misconduct involving simulated explosive devices is a class 5 felony, whether or not injury or. Harm Under A.R.S. § 13 -702 Prison Sentencing for Convictions for Misconduct with simulated explosives may result in:
• 0.75 Years Minimum to 2.0 Maximum
• 0.5 Years Minimum Mitigated to 2.5 Maximum Aggravated
Criminal Defense Attorney for Prohibited Weapons Charges Phoenix AZ

If you have been arrested or charged with possession, use, misconduct or assault with a Prohibited Weapon, you should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss your matter. You will need to strong legal representation to protect your rights, defend your charges, and help you avoid conviction and prison terms.

Resources Links:

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/03101.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS

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