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Arizona’s use of mandatory minimum sentencing since 1978 has increased the prison population by 600% in the time that it’s been in use. Mandatory sentencing affects repeat felony offenders and first time offenders of dangerous crimes. While the law isn’t going to change anytime soon, The Weingart Firm may be able to help defend you against charges that carry mandatory minimum sentencing.
This is the law that some crimes are punished with a mandatory prison term. There are two ways to face the prospect of mandatory minimum sentencing:
Most dangerous crimes carry a mandatory minimum prison term if convicted. Our lawyers can help defend you against violent and dangerous offense charges, such as: manslaughter, vehicular homicide, kidnapping, and assault that carry these mandatory terms. These crimes usually involve deadly weapons or dangerous instruments such as knives, automobiles, and guns. Several of our lawyers have worked as prosecutors in the past and are familiar with the investigation of crime scenes, and thus, can offer the strongest of defense for you if you are charged with a dangerous crime.
Likewise, if you have a previous felony conviction on your record and you are being tried again for another felony, you also will face a minimum mandatory sentence. For these cases, we closely examine the previous conviction and uncover any procedural defects that may have occurred.
Due to the complexity of these laws, a skillful lawyer is needed for a strong defense. Our attorneys will take a close look at your prior record and current situation to effectively represent you on these serious charges. Our goal is to avoid and minimize any harsh consequences due to Arizona’s mandatory sentence laws. Contact us for a free consultation to get more information on how we can help you. We have the experience needed to efficaciously defend you.
Mark Weingart is a board certified criminal law specialist under the strict standards established by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. The Weingart Firm is an AV-rated* law firm under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, providing superior and outstanding representation.
To get a comprehensive defense, call our office for a free consultation: (480) 897-8737