Christopher Ariano

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About Christopher Ariano

Managing partner and co-founder of Ariano & Associates, PLLC.

Misdemeanor Crimes in Arizona

Introduction to Misdemeanor Crimes in Arizona

In the eyes of common law countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, a misdemeanor is a crime of medium severity, resting lower than a felony and higher than an infraction.  Formally, any crime with an incarceration up to a year is considered a misdemeanor, while anything […]

Medical Marijuana in Arizona: It’s Not Easy Being Green (or is it)

medical marijuana in arizonaIntroduction to Medical Marijuana in Arizona

Since 2010, citizens of Arizona who qualify can enjoy the varied benefits of medical marijuana.
There are dozens of dispensaries around the valley, which provide medicine for people who have secured a medical marijuana card.  These can be obtained either from […]

Criminal Defense for Probation Violations

Introduction to Criminal Defense for Probation Violations

Probation is essentially an agreement between a judge and a criminal where a criminal agrees to follow certain guidelines in lieu of jail or for a reduced jail sentence.  Probation is often assigned for first time crimes or low damage crimes as the sole punishment, but is also commonly […]

Sex Crime Criminal Defense in Tucson, Arizona

Part 1: Sex Crime Criminal Defense

In Arizona and across the nation, just the term “sex crime” has a connotation of heinousness and depravity.  Although some sex crimes do earn this distinction, there is a huge spectrum under this broad designation of crimes that do not deserve the stigma.  This article will list the myriad types […]

Decisions That The Client Can Make In Criminal Cases

Business man in handcuffsWhen an attorney and a client enter into a lawyer-client relationship, one area of confusion is who makes certain decisions. There is an assumption that it is the lawyer’s way or nothing. After all, clients seek attorneys because they are the ones who have […]

Civil Damages for Assault and Battery

FightMost people think of car accidents, slip and fall cases, and medical malpractice when personal injury is the topic. However, assault and battery are among the most common civil causes of actions in the realm of “intentional torts.” Assault and battery are civil causes of action […]

Arizona’s War On Meth

methThe war against methamphetamines tops the list in Arizona’s campaign against illegal drugs. In past years, “meth” has been the most commonly abused drug causing death in Arizona and the number of people arrested for meth use, possession, manufacturing, and distribution steadily increases. There is no secret that […]

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Drugs paraphenalia needed to make up a hit or injection of heroine. Opium is a popular recreational drug abused around the world and resulting in many users developing a drug addiction problem and having to seek rehabilitation treatment.
Drugs paraphenalia needed to make up a hit or injection […]

Court Fines: Failure To Pay Court Fines In Arizona Could Land You In Jail

Court FeesA rising trend among a majority of states, including Arizona, is imposing jail time in lieu of fines. Quite often, jail time does not reflect the severity of the crime, but the failure to pay the fines and fees associated with the criminal justice system. For example:

 

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Soliciting A Prostitute In Arizona: Law And Penalties

AdobeStock_41079170 (gif final)Local law enforcement in Arizona frequently operate solicitation and prostitution stings where they disguise themselves as prostitutes. Police run large prostitution stings during large events like the Super Bowl, as seen with former professional NFL player and hall of famer Warren Sapp. Craigslist has even agreed […]

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