Are Arizona Jail Inmates Eligible for Conjugal Visits?

Have a loved one whom is locked away in one of Arizona’s jails?  Wondering if he or she would be eligible for a conjugal visit?  The short answer is no.

Unfortunately, only four states currently allow conjugal visits in the United States.


All the good behavior in the world won’t make a visit of the conjugal variety possible.  But, while private visits are out, inmates in Arizona are still eligible for regular visitation, unless they have been very bad while behind bars.   The Department of Corrections retains the authority to deny any individual visitation privileges. The decision of the parent or legal guardian shall always be the determining factor when rendering a determination to permit a minor’s visitation.  Visitors must pay a $25.00 fee for a background check first.

911 Call Assists Police in Catching Fleeing Criminal

A civilian’s 911 call helps police catch a fleeing suspect from a scene in which they responded to earlier after gun shots were reported.

Sherriff’s dispatchers received a call alerting them of sparks flying from a truck’s rim and that the truck looked liked it was running from someone. When the police finally found the vehicle, it was trapped in a ditch off Shedd Road just east of Chu Road. As the deputy approached the scene, the driver of the truck, Anthony Lara, 19, who was standing outside of it rushed to get back in the cab where he then started yelling profanities at the police.

Upon finally placing Lara under arrest, the deputies searched the truck where they found three handguns, a Glock 17 handgun which was loaded, a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber handgun, and a .357-caliber handgun, seven glass jars containing hydroponic marijuana, and multiple marijuana smoking pipes. Further investigation revealed the .357-caliber handgun was stolen.

Undoubtedly, Lara is in for a handful of charges that could have a significant impact on the rest of his life. If you or someone you know is also facing such criminal charges, of any nature, then you need to get in contact with a Phoenix criminal law specialist who can minimize the damage.

An experienced criminal defense attorney not only knows how to get you the best deal possible, but in certain cases, they can get the charges dropped all together if they find that one of your rights was violated during any part of the process.

You are not in this alone. Retain counsel willing to fight passionately to defend your rights and protect your future.

2 Arrested after Meth Seizure in Phoenix

2 Phoenix residents are behind bars after authorities found twenty ounces of crystal meth in their vehicle after a traffic stop. Arizona has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to methamphetamine possession as we recently covered in our last post. The meth that was found in vehicle is estimated to be valued at over $56,000 according to police. Both suspects are being held on “suspicion of transportation of dangerous drugs”,” possession of dangerous drugs for sale” and “possession of dangerous drugs”. Currently a bond has been set at $25k a piece.

The possession of a dangerous drug in Arizona brings with it a class 4 felony charge. That charge may lessened if the suspects have never been arrested for a felony before but that decision is up to the judge. The usual prison sentence for a class 4 felony is two years but with the added charges of transportation of a dangerous drug and possession of a dangerous drug for sale, the suspects may be looking at a lot more than two years if convicted.

Man Wanted For the Rape Of 2 Women Turns Himself In

A man wanted for the rape of two women that occurred earlier this week has turned himself in according to Scottsdale Police.

22 year old Ryan Joseph Festa reportedly saw the sketch that was broadcasted across media outlets in Scottsdale and after speaking with his criminal defense attorney turned himself in to the Scottsdale Police Thursday night.

According to Police, Festa entered a Camden San Paloma apartment through an unlocked patio door. While inside the apartment he sexually assaulted the 49-year-old female resident. Festa entered and exited the apartment completely naked.

Festa then allegedly entered another apartment in the Saddletree complex through another unlocked patio door. This time Festa sexually assaulted a 29-year-old female resident of the apartment. The victim was injured as she fought to escape and managed to scratch the intruder’s face and forehead in the struggle. The suspect was described as a black male between 5’6″ and 5’8″ tall, thin build, and in his late teens or early twenties.

Neighbors say they saw someone fitting the description lurking in the bushes around the complex yet failed to notify police. It is believed that the suspect stalked or watched his victims before the attack.

Judge Sets Court Date for Trayvon Martin Case

Murder DefenseJune 10, 2013 will be the start of the long anticipated murder trial for George Zimmerman.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer is facing charges for shooting and killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin inside a gated community in Sanford, FL back in February.

The murder has been the recent center of national attention due to what some feel had racial implication and a questionable state law.

The stand-your-ground law, which the criminal defense lawyer is using to justify Zimmerman’s reaction, gives Florida citizens the right to use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat.

In this case, Martin was shot and killed while visiting a friend within the complex and was found with only candy and a soda in hand.

The case, which had already suffered several delays, was more recently delayed due to a change in judge. Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson will be presiding over the trail after the previous judge had allegedly made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman’s character during the bond hearing.

The trial is expected to last no more than three weeks and garner an immense amount of attention within the United States.

Methamphetamine Manufacturing in Arizona

Drug Cultivation in Arizona

According to the 2012 World Drug Report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an estimated 5 percent of the world’s population has consumed an illegal drug. That amounts to roughly 230 million people (about ten times the distance in miles to the sun) and a $321 billion a year industry (a hair short of 1% of the worlds commerce).

Methamphetamine is considered in recent years as one of the fastest growing and most profitable drugs on the market. Being that it can be manufactured at home with a combination of medicine and everyday cleaning products, many people dangerously use their own garages for production more infamously known as a Meth Lab.

Though in recent years, Meth Labs nationally have been in decline, Arizona is one of the few states actually on the rise. This is evident in everyday news reports of law enforcement drug busts across the state.

This week alone a married couple in Sun City was arrested for running two Meth Labs in the home where they and their three children lived. Aside from their kids being taken into custody by the state, the couple faces felony drug charges that could lock them away for a very long time.

The worldwide and national attention has brought added emphases and crackdowns on drug crimes in this country. Do not let yourself or your family be made an example of. If you are being charged with a drug crime and face the threat of losing your children, contact the Phoenix drug manufacturing attorneys at The Law Offices of Howard A. Snader, LLC immediately. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone is entitled to fair and adequate representation. Protect your rights and get the justice you deserve.

Assualt in Arizona

Information about Arizona’s Assault Laws

Many people are under the common misconception that assault constitutes a physical altercation between two individuals, but did you know that a threatening remark or unsolicited touching can also be considered assault under Arizona law?

There are many different types of assault cases including misdemeanor assault, assault involving weapons, felony assault, resisting of an officer during arrest or while under the influence or the inappropriate touching of a child, teacher or prosecutor. You can even be charged for assault if you participate in a home invasion or in the display of road rage.

Assault cases are elevated to aggravated assault if you cause a serious injury, were driving under the influence causing harm to another, by assaulting a minor under the age of 15 or brandishing or using a weapon with the intent to harm or instill fear of bodily injury.

There are a couple of common defenses used in assault cases, these are: self defense and the defense of another person. It must be proven in court that the person facing criminal charges was under the belief that they or someone else were in immediate danger that forced them to act in self defense. When a experienced attorney examines the facts of a case they may be able to find unsubstantial evidence or conflicting facts of witness’ testimonial, deeming the evidence unreliable.

If you or someone you love has been charged with assault, these charges should be taken very seriously. A misdemeanor or felony can mean high fines, lost job opportunities, restriction of movement and even jail time. It is important that you contact a Arizona criminal defense attorney immediately to begin building your case.