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Criminal Defense Lawyer | ASU Students

The fall semester is upon us and ASU students are resuming classes this week, with many joining the ranks of college for the very first time. As students are getting moved into dorms or local apartments, and situated for the start of the school year, we want to remind students and families to keep safety in mind both on and off campus. Some common safety tips to remember include bicycle safety, locking your bicycle to prevent theft, locking car doors, not leaving valuables in your car, and using the ‘buddy system’ when walking around campus at night. See ASU’s website for additional safety tips and to learn more about other campus safety protocols.

It is not uncommon at the start of a new school year to see both Tempe Police and ASU Police ramp up their patrols in and around campus to ensure the safety of students and residents. Some of the high traffic areas these police agencies will be focusing on include, University Drive & College Avenue, Apache Boulevard and College Avenue, and Apache Boulevard and McAllister Avenue. The officers try to educate and spread awareness initially and we usually see them giving warnings for certain infractions before they begin issuing citations, whether it be traffic citations or other violations. We also anticipate that both Tempe and ASU Police will be participating in DUI Task Forces throughout the year, cracking down on alcohol related violations such as Underage Drinking, Underage DUI, Minor in Consumption, and Minor in Possession. With over 50,000 students enrolled at the Tempe Campus, and a notable night life with restaurants, bars and entertainment along Mill Avenue and Tempe Beach Park nearby, and numerous large events in Tempe throughout the year, there is an increased potential for impaired drivers and other criminal violations, such as Assault, Theft, Underage Drinking, Disorderly Conduct, and other similar alcohol violations. Remember to stay safe both at home and on campus, as well as at parties, riding your bicycle and driving your car. Drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.

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Mesa Municipal Court Criminal Cases

If you were cited and/or arrested on a misdemeanor criminal violation by the Mesa Police Department, you will likely be appearing in the Mesa Municipal Court. The Mesa Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses such as DUI (1st Time DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Underage DUI), Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage, Domestic Violence and other criminal misdemeanor charges as well as traffic violations, Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment. Mr. Buckallew has handled countless cases in the Mesa Municipal Court, is very familiar with the Judges and Prosecutors over there and has experience in handling all types of criminal and DUI cases in this Courthouse. The Courthouse is nearby our Tempe office and is located one block south of Main Street and one block west of Mesa Drive at:

Mesa Municipal Court

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What is a crime involving moral turpitude?

According to Black's Law Dictionary, moral turpitude is defined as "Conduct that is contrary to justice, honesty or morality." It is important to understand the consequences if convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT), particularly as it relates to immigration matters. These types of crimes can also have an impact on a person's ability to pursue meaningful employment, as prospective employers may call into question, a person's honesty or integrity if these types of crimes are found during a background search.

What types of crimes are deemed to be crimes involving moral turpitude? The more common crimes include the following:

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