This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of Phoenix, Arizona solicitation cases. I felt it necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many are unaware of their rights once they have been arrested and do not know what to expect from the process as their case proceeds through the system. The goal of my last several posts has been to provide information which will help those accused to make more informed decisions regarding their situation.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. These topics have included posts on:
- Search and seizure issues in solicitation cases
- Penalties and fines for Arizona solicitation convictions
- Setting aside a solicitation conviction
There are many reasons why one should understand these issues after they have been arrested or charged. First, many make the mistake of thinking that there is “nothing they can do” after they have been arrested. The fact of the matter, however, is that it may be possible to have the case dismissed if law enforcement violated the defendant’s rights. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can help to ensure that your rights remain protected. Second, it is important to understand the consequences of a conviction before entering into any type of plea negotiations. Finally, many do not realize that it is possible to have their conviction “set aside” and that this can help to alleviate the impact of having a criminal record.
One point I have stressed through each of these articles is that one should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after being arrested. By having counsel at the very beginning of the process you help to ensure that your case gets off on the right foot. If Phoenix police officers violated your rights, then counsel can file the necessary motions and examine the officers at an evidentiary hearing. Third, one does not have to be unnecessarily disqualified from employment if they are eligible for a set aside.
As a Phoenix lawyer I regularly assist those charged with a crime. This includes those who have been arrested for solicitation. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.