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Josephine Pesaresi Hallam

Josephine Pesaresi Hallam

Hallam Law Group, PLLC
  • Criminal Law
  • Arizona
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Hallam Law Group is an experienced felony trial law firm with an outstanding history of working in criminal courtrooms throughout Arizona. Our law firm offers quality legal counsel in various areas of law including: assault, felony DUI, robbery, domestic violence, sexual abuse, felony shoplifting and many more. Hallam has steered through over a thousand criminal cases and some high-level felonies such as sex crimes, and homicides. Contact our skilled attorneys for a free consultation.

Practice Area
  • Criminal Law
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Trial attorney at the Public Defender’s office
Maricopa County Public Defender
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
J.D. (1997) | Law
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Brown University
B.A. (1990) | American Civilization
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Professional Associations
Maricopa County Bar Association
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Arizona Women's Law Association
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State Bar of Arizona # 018557
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7 Questions Answered

Q. Can I send character letters directly to the judge instead of through the court appointed lawyer?
A: First, I am sorry your attorney has not given you confidence. It is hard enough to face criminal charges, but not having an attorney who you feel is in your corner is unbearable. Second, you should always give anything you need the Court to see to your attorney first. It is not advisable to submit anything directly to the Judge without your attorney reviewing it first. It is important that your attorney see it to be sure all the contents are acceptable and also so your attorney can use the letter contents in their own sentencing memorandum and materials. So, my advice, it send the letters through your attorney, and ask for confirmation when they have been submitted to ease your mind. Best of luck. I hope that helps. Josephine Hallam
Q. Can someone return your car then leave with it again without your consent and not being it back.
A: Yes. There are two types of charges in this area. One is called the means of transportation. And then a lesser felony is called unlawful use of means of transportation. A theft of means involves someone permanently trying to deprive you of your property (vehicle). And on a lawful use charge means that somebody took the car beyond with your permission allowed. Call your local police department, they will send an officer out and you can file a police report. The case will then be furthered to the prosecutors office and they will decide whether to prosecute him. I hope that helps. Best of luck. Josephine Hallam
Q. If I am having issues with my probation officer where she is abusing her power, where can I get help? Who can help me?
A: Call the probation department and ask to speak to her supervisor. Prepare specific dates with any actions she’s made that you have issues with. Hopefully the supervisor can speak to her and then reassign into different probation officer. Best of luck. Josephine Hallam
Q. Are these still being used? (ARS13-1401,13-1410) or did they get dropped because they were inconstitutional?
A: These are extremely serious charges. If you or a loved one are facing charges under these statutes, I encourage you to speak to an a attorney who has experience with sex crime defense. Many of us here on Justia, myself included, have a long history of defending high level Sex crimes and have done numerous sex crime trials. Please set up free initial consultations with a couple of attorneys to find on you are comfortable with and confident in. We can explain the exposure you are facing, and help explain the strengths and weaknesses of the case, as well as come up with a plan. Please do not speak to anyone except and attorney about the case. I hope that helps! Best of luck and feel free to reach out for some legal help! Josephine Hallam
Q. My 17 year old was carjacked by knife point in Phoenix Arizona, what will happen next?
A: Your son is a victim and is protected under the victim bill of rights of Arizona. This means that the prosecutor will contact him if an arrest is made, with all court dates, regarding any type of plea or if the case is going to trial. He will be assigned a victims advocate through the prosecutors office. You should be receiving a letter in the mail with the information about it. If the person who carjacked him has not been arrested yet, they’re probably still in the investigation stage. You can call the police department who took your police report and follow up on the status of the case. You can also hire an attorney, who will help guide you through the case as a victim. However the prosecutors office provides a victims advocate for free. So I would advise, number one: contact the police department and check on the status of the investigation, number two: contact the Maricopa county victims advocates unit and see if you’ve been appointed a victims advocate yet. I hope that helps. Best of luck. Josephine Hallam
Q. If a parolee absconded from Colorado to Arizona for family emergency, warrant is issued parolee is pulled over
A: If I followed your question correctly, you’re wanting to know the possible punishments for class six felony in Arizona. A class six felony is the lowest level felony, but if your friend has priors it would be a higher punishment. And if the phone he was committed while on parole release, it would increase the punishment significantly. Many of the attorneys here on justia, offer free initial consultations, he should contact one to get a rundown of what his exposure is criminally. Best of luck. Josephine Hallam
Q. My ex-boyfriend has a prior misdemeanor assault on his record & i filed another assault case on him. What could he face
A: I am assuming you are referring to second misdemeanor assault. The punishment for a class one misdemeanor is up to six months in jail, fines, fees, and probably domestic violence counseling. If there was any sort of fracture or serious bodily injury or a weapon was used, it can be charged as a felony which makes the consequences much harsher. The prosecutors office is her victim advocates, and you can reach out to them to help guide you through the process as a victim, and explain everything to you. Stay safe. I hope that helps. Best of luck. Josephine Hallam
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Hallam Law Group, PLLC
5343 North 16th Street
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Telephone: (602) 237-5373