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Tom DeLay sentenced to 3 years in prison for money laundering

David M Cantor, an Arizona Money Laundering lawyer, discusses Tom DeLay’s sentencing to 3 years in prison for money laundering charges related to election funds in Texas congressional races. Besides the prison term this case has cost him his political office, leadership role, millions of dollars in legal fees, and allegedly caused his wife’s health to deteriorate.

This follows DeLay’s November Jury conviction of money laundering charges where he used a political action committee to transfer corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002. As David explains it is illegal to use corporate funds in this manner as it creates an unfair advantage in political races. In this case DeLay used it to win 7 critical House seats and was then able to redistrict Texas to the Republicans advantage and build up a lot of power.

Delay is going to appeal the sentencing so we will still have to wait and see what happens. As David points out however this does seem to be good news that the ‘monetary cheating’ during elections will be stopped. As always this is what David thinks, let us know what you think?


What to Do if You’re Charged with First Degree Murder

If you have been charged with First Degree Murder, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Defense Lawyer.

The two (2) most often seen defenses to First Degree Murder are “Self-Defense” (i.e., Justification) and “Supervening Cause”. Self-Defense would involve the use of deadly force in order to protect oneself against a person who is threatening or using deadly force against them. In regards to a “Supervening Cause”, this would include an error by emergency treating personnel, or a hospital error which caused the person’s death. These cases are so complex that they require a litany of defense tools. For example, private investigators; gunshot residue experts; DNA experts; accident reconstruction experts; human factors experts, just to name of few. David Michael Cantor is “Death Penalty Qualified”. This means he has “first-chaired” and has been substantially involved in Capital Murder Trials in the past.

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What to Do if You’re Charged with Child Abuse

If you have been charged with Child Abuse, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer.

The key to defending a charge of Child Abuse / Vulnerable Adult Abuse is to demonstrate first and foremost that any alleged abuse was not done “intentionally” or “knowingly” and remove them from the most serious punishment range (i.e., “Lack of Intent” or “Lack of Knowledge”).

The vast majority of Child Abuse cases are charged under the “recklessness” and “negligence” standards. The key is demonstrating that a person was not “reckless” and that their conduct was not a “gross deviation” from the standard that a reasonable person would observe in this situation. In regards to “negligence”, it must be shown that the person’s care was not a “gross deviation” from the standard that a reasonable person would observe in this situation. For example, if you are at the park and your child is playing on the jungle gym, and happens to fall off and break their arm, most people would agree that you have not engaged in a “gross deviation” from the standard of conduct or standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in that situation. The same applies to other household injuries. A mother or father cannot be expected to be next to their child 24 hours a day. Sometimes children are playing and they just accidentally injury themselves (this happens every day).

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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 Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer, and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At DM Cantor, the majority of our Lawyers are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 1-888-822-6867, or contact Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer David Michael Cantor.


What to Do if You’re Charged with Manufacture of a Dangerous Drug

If you have been charged with Manufacture of a Dangerous Drug, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona Criminal Law Attorney.

The key to defending Possessing Manufacturing Equipment is demonstrating that you did not “knowingly” possess the equipment (i.e., “Lack of Knowledge”). In other words, if you live in a household with multiple roommates and you were unaware that your roommates were engaging in this type of activity, then this can be a defense to the charge. It will need to be shown that your fingerprints are not on the chemicals or the manufacturing equipment itself. These defenses also apply to Manufacturing of Dangerous Drugs (not just possessing the equipment). Even if a Defendant has knowledge that his roommates are engaging in this type of activity, as long as they do not knowingly participate and facilitate the illegal enterprise, then they are not guilty of Manufacturing Dangerous Drugs, nor are they guilty of Possessing the Manufacturing Equipment. This of course assumes that the equipment is not in their actual bedroom and it was located out in a garage area or other separate location.

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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 Drug Defense Attorney, and a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, the Firm and all of its Arizona Criminal Law Attorneys are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. At DM Cantor, P.C., the majority of our Lawyers are ex-Prosecutors, and all of our Arizona Criminal Law Attorneys know the system well. For a free initial consultation, call us at 1-888-822-6867, or contact Arizona Criminal Law Attorney David Michael Cantor.


RICO Attorney David Michael Cantor on What to Do if You’re Charged with RICO or Racketeering

If you have been charged with RICO or Racketeering, you’re going to require a skilled RICO attorney. Below is a video about Fraudulent Scheme, a relative topic to RICO.

The main defense to Illegally Controlling or Illegally Conducting an Enterprise/Racketeering (RICO) is “Lack of Knowledge”. This occurs when a person is merely an employee of a business, or a non-involved partner who is basically “duped” into managing a business whose proceeds are the result of an illegal activity. This is very similar to the defenses used in Money Laundering, however, it may also involve a person selling land or investment contracts which they do not realize are actually unregistered securities. In addition, a person may well believe all of the materials that have been placed in an advertising brochure without realizing that there are misstatements and fraud involved.

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What to Do if You’re Charged with Domestic Violence

If you have been charged with Domestic Violence, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Defense Attorney.

The most common defense utilized with regard to Assault or Domestic Violence Assault is “Self Defense” or “Justification”. In most assault situations, the alleged “victim” will often be the one who makes the first aggressive movement towards the person who has been charged. This usually occurs when alcohol is involved. For example, if the alleged victim is impaired by alcohol, and then attempts to push you or grab you, if you simply pull away they may lose their balance and injure themselves. You now automatically become the prime suspect because you were not injured, but they were.

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What to Do if You’re Charged with Kidnapping

If you have been charged with Kidnapping, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Criminal Lawyer.

The most often seen defenses to a Kidnapping charge will be based on “Consent”, or “Lack of Intent”. These charges are normally brought up in domestic disputes where a family member or a child is taken by one parent in a vehicle, or they are not allowed to leave the house during an argument. This particular charge is probably “over-charged” by the Prosecutor more than any other serious felony in Arizona. It will be important to interview as many friends and family members as possible to demonstrate the on-going relationship between the parties.

For example, if parents are simply fighting within the household and a child or third person gets scared, this does not necessarily rise to the level of “placing a third person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury to the victim”. It is very important to prevent the Prosecutor from turning a simple Domestic Violence situation (i.e., a misdemeanor) into the very serious felony of Kidnapping.


What to Do if You’re Charged with Prostitution

If you have been charged with Prostitution, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Criminal Law Lawyer.

One of the strongest defenses to Prostitution is “Entrapment”. Entrapment occurs when an undercover Officer gets a person to agree to something they would not ordinarily agree to by coercing them or overbearing their will. For example, if an undercover police officer utilizes the service of a “private dancer” or “escort”, and then begins offering extremely large amounts of money to induce the dancer or escort into a sex act, this can be argued as Entrapment. Many times these “private dancer” services do not allow any type of touching or physical contact between the dancer and the patron. However, the old adage “everyone has their price” sometimes is utilized by the Officer to the dancer’s disadvantage. Other times, Officers “jump the gun” and make an arrest prior to an actual agreement taking place. It is important to see whether money actually changed hands, or whether there was any initial physical contact which would indicate that a true act of Prostitution was about to take place.

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