Mental Health Cases in Arizona Courts. Over the years I have represented hundreds of clients with mental illness. Sadly, Arizona does not take mental health seriously. When I say seriously, I mean that Arizona does not offer enough services for those who cannot afford proper treatment; Arizona punishes the person and does not treat the…

It should be noted that first-time offenders for non-dangerous offenses (no weapons or dangerous instruments used) are eligible for probation. A person can be sentenced for up to 4 years on probation for a Class 4 felony. A repetitive offender is an individual who has a prior felony conviction – or several prior felony convictions…

Arizona has a felony classification system whereby certain felonies are assigned a level or a “class”. Each class has its own sentencing range that the court must follow. This is because Arizona’s Legislature has adopted sentencing guidelines that require a certain amount of prison time for each class of felony. The judge cannot sentence a…