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What used to be a misdemeanor criminal offense may now be an aggravated felony thanks to a new Arizona law that makes wearing a mask an aggravating factor. Wearing a mask or other disguise while committing a crime can automatically upgrade the offense to an aggravated felony, even if all other factors remain the same.
Prior to a criminal trial, during an arraignment hearing, a defendant has the chance to enter his or her plea. The defendant has three options to plead: guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Understanding the substantial differences between these pleas, and what will happen after, can help inform your criminal defense strategy.
One of the 347 new bills Arizona lawmakers signed into law as part of the 53rd Legislature increases the penalties for wrong-way driving under the influence (DUI). The law, House Bill 2243, amends Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and adds a new section about wrong-way driving.
Arizona lawmakers have been busy this year, putting 347 new laws into place for state citizens. Among these new laws are some that may change the way you drive, how much you’ll pay for tickets when you can marry. Here’s an overview of a few of the new laws that went into effect on August 3rd, 2018 in Arizona.