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Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer David Michael Cantor on What to Do if You’re Charged with Forgery

If you have been charged with Forgery, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Possible Defenses for Forgery can include “Consent”, due to the fact that the Defendant was given permission by the owner of the document to add their signature. This occurs commonly with spouses or other relatives. Problems arise when a couple goes through a divorce, and then one of the parties claims they did not give permission to the other party to sign one of their checks. This is sometimes seen with roommates who have fallen out of favor with each other. Another major defense to Forgery is “Lack of Knowledge” that the document was forged. This commonly occurs when the Defendant’s so-called “friend” asks them to run down and cash a check for them at a check cashing store. It is important to interview all witnesses who have knowledge of both the Defendant and the accusing party in order to establish a defense to a Forgery charge.

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It is important to hire an AV® rated law firm (the highest possible rating by Martindale Hubbell®). Also, David Michael Cantor is a skilled Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer, and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Lawyers are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers in Arizona know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 1-888-822-6867, or contact Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer David Michael Cantor.


Arizona Appeals Attorney David Michael Cantor on What to Do if You’re Charged with Mortgage Fraud

If you have been wrongfully charged and need an Appeal, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona Appeals Attorney.

The reason for Appeals are long and diverse. Normally, Appellate reasoning has to do with evidence which was admitted improperly, or admission of improper statements made by the police officers or Prosecutors which impinged on a Defendant’s right to a fair trial. For example, if the Officer mentioned that a Defendant requested an Attorney, then this is an improper comment on his Fifth (5th ) Amendment Right. In addition, if the Judge allowed the admission of evidence of an improperly obtained confession, or improperly obtained items from a Search Warrant, then this will also serve as grounds for the Appeal. At the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor, P.C., we have been very successful in our Appellate practice. We have reversed convictions regarding all types of cases. Each case is different and will need a thorough review by one of our attorneys during your free initial office conference to determine whether your case is worthy of filing an Appeal.

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It is important to hire an AV® rated law firm (the highest possible rating by Martindale Hubbell®). Also, David Michael Cantor is a skilled Arizona Appeals Attorney, and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its Arizona Appeals Attorneys are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys®. At the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Attorneys are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Arizona Appeals Attorneys know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 1-888-822-6867, or contact Arizona Appeals Attorney David Michael Cantor.


David Michael Cantor on DUI Defenses for DUI arrest in Arizona

If you have been charged with a DUI in Phoenix, you’re going to need a skilled DUI Defense Lawyer.

There are many defenses to DUI, DWI, & Extreme DUI charges. Don’t believe the prosecutor – there are very few hopeless cases. A DUI or DWI conviction has lifelong consequences and, depending on the facts surrounding the individual case, Dismissal or Acquittal is possible. In fact, here is a list of possible defenses for DUI in Phoenix:

  1. No Reasonable Suspicion to Stop
  2. No Actual Physical Control
  3. No Probably Cause for Arrest
  4. Denial of Right to Counsel
  5. Inaccuracy of Breath or Blood Testing Device
  6. Retrograde Extrapolation below .08% BAC at Time of Driving

There are many ways in which a criminal defense lawyer can help with a DUI in Phoenix. One is to challenge the facts of the case and possibly have the charge thrown out or reduced. Are you ready to stand before a judge to conduct trial? When you hire a DUI Lawyer you get the power of a team of people, including a lawyer, paralegal, and other support staff.

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It is important to hire an AV® rated law firm (the highest possible rating by Martindale Hubbell®). Also, David Michael Cantor is a skilled DUI Lawyer in Phoenix, and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its DUI Lawyers in Phoenix are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Attorneys are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our DUI Lawyers in Phoenix know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 602-307-0808, or contact DUI Lawyer David Michael Cantor.


Arizona Defense Attorney David Michael Cantor on What to Do if You’re Charged with Sexual Assault

If you have been charged with sexual assault, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona Defense Attorney.

Sexual Assault charges can be extremely dangerous in the context of college parties or bar situations. Numerous false claims have been filed by women who were intoxicated and then later regretted their decision (usually after being taunted by friends who used derogatory terms). The alleged “victim” is now left with either acknowledging to their taunting friends that they are a “slut”, or they can “save face” and claim that they were “taken advantage of”. It is important to insure that all medical evidence is reviewed immediately (if there is any); that all witnesses at the bar or party are contacted and interviewed immediately; that a polygraph be conducted on the accused; and that other individuals be interviewed to determine the alleged victim’s propensity for promiscuity and untruthfulness.

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It is important to hire an AV® rated law firm (the highest possible rating by Martindale Hubbell®). Also David Michael Cantor is an Arizona Sexual Assault Attorney and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its lawyers are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At DM Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Attorneys are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Arizona Sex Crime Attorneys know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 602-307-0808, or contact Arizona Defense Attorney David Michael Cantor.


What to Do if You’re Charged with Possession of Marijuana

If you have been charged with possession of marijuana or use of marijuana, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona Criminal Lawyer.

The key to defending any “possession” charge is showing that the person did not “knowingly” possess any drugs or paraphernalia (i.e., “Lack of Knowledge”). Many times we can demonstrate that what was found in a person’s vehicle or inside their house or apartment was left behind by somebody else (such as a roommate, or somebody who came over to the house at a much earlier time). As far as defending the use” of such items, we will need to challenge any claims by the Officer of signs and symptoms of drug impairment or whether he could “smell” any drugs in the air. It will be critical to determine not only what you actually said to the Officers, but also what the Officers are claiming you said.

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It is important to hire an AV® rated law firm (the highest possible rating by Martindale Hubbell®). Also David Michael Cantor is an Arizona Marijuana Lawyer and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its lawyers are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At DM Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Attorneys are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Arizona Marijuana Lawyers know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 602-307-0808, or contact Arizona Criminal Lawyer David Michael Cantor.


Phoenix DUI Checkpoints for the 2010 Memorial Day Weekend

So far, we are aware of the following Phoenix DUI checkpoints for the 2010 Memorial Day weekend:

Phoenix police officers will have a DUI checkpoint in the West Valley along Castle Hot Springs Road near the Lake Pleasant entrance. The checkpoint is scheduled to run from 3 to 8 p.m. on May 31.

At the checkpoint, cars will be stopped and police will speak with the driver to check for any signs of impairment. Drivers who appear to be inebriated will face further questioning and investigation. Additional patrol officers will also police Arizona 74.

Please drive safely!

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What to Do if You’re Charged with Criminal Fraud

If you have been charged with criminal fraud, theft, racketeering, money laundering, robbery, forgery, extortion, false reporting, shoplifting or other white collar crimes, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona criminal attorney.

Many times people are accused of Fraud by dishonest business partners or employers. Sometimes the Defendant has been told that they can pay personal expenses with company checks as a sort of “bonus” that the employer can then write off as a taxable event (i.e., “Lack of Knowledge” and “Lack of Intent”). When the relationship goes bad, the employer then simply accuses the employee of some sort of “Embezzlement”. Also, business deals may fall apart and an accuser can simply claim that they were misinformed or that key elements were omitted (i.e., “material omissions”) which caused them a loss. It is important to have all elements of the case analyzed thoroughly.

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It is important to hire an AV® rated law firm (the highest possible rating by Martindale Hubbell®). David Michael Cantor is a Fraud Attorney in Arizona and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its lawyers are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At DM Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Attorneys are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Attorneys know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 602-307-0808, or contact Arizona Criminal Attorney David Michael Cantor.


Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Procedure in Detention and Preliminary Hearings

The client of a criminal defense attorney in Arizona is usually brought to federal criminal prosecution by indictment, although occasionally, law enforcement officers will initiate the process through a criminal complaint. For his/her initial appearance before a judge, the client and his criminal defense attorney must be brought before the US Magistrate Judge in the district where the offense is alleged to have occurred, or in the district where the defendant was found and arrested. This must be done without “unnecessary delay,” which is generally within 5 days or less. The magistrate informs the client of his rights and sets the case for bail hearing and preliminary hearing.

The Preliminary Hearing

When a complaint is filed, the client of a criminal defense attorney is granted the right to a preliminary hearing, which must be within 10 days if the defendant is under government custody. The detention hearing is often consolidated with the preliminary hearing, allowing the judge the judicial economy of hearing testimony regarding the weight of the evidence in a single hearing, rather than stretching it out between 2 hearings.

Frequently, a federal indictment will arise out of a case that originally started at the state level. In these cases, a preliminary hearing was already likely held at a state court. The testimonies of these hearings are of critical importance to the criminal defense attorney in defense of the federal indictment. Whenever a criminal complaint is filed at the federal level, defense counsel has a similarly excellent opportunity to gather information that may prove useful to the case.

Detention Hearings

The prosecution may request pretrial detention and a hearing for that purpose in the event of:

  • An alleged crime of violence;
  • An alleged drug offense carrying a potential of 10 or more years in prison;
  • An alleged felony if the defendant has prior violent or drug felonies carrying 10 or more years
  • An alleged crime with a punishment of life imprisonment or death;
  • Cause to consider the defendant a flight risk;
  • Or may obstruct justice.

If the government requests the defendant to remain in custody, it may seek up to a 3 day continuance of the detention hearing. A criminal defense attorney may also request continuance to obtain witnesses or to prepare for the detention hearing. If the prosecution seeks pretrial detention, the defendant is usually held in detention pending the bail hearing. A removal hearing may even precede the detention hearing if the defendant is an illegal alien.

A defense attorney appointed according to the Criminal Justice Act is frequently arranged immediately following the defendant’s appearance before the magistrate judge, with the detention hearing being only a few days away. This time will be spent with the criminal defense attorney speaking to the client and his or her family and discussing options in the steps of the legal process ahead of them.

The felony case stages of the legal process are scheduled according to a time line designed to be expedient while allowing the defense plenty of time to consider its case. Both prosecution and defense need to prepare to make their case. Time is of the essence, as an extensive trial can be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

About the Author
David Michael Cantor is an AV rated (the highest possible rating) lawyer and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. For more information about an Arizona criminal defense attorney, visit our site.


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