Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights Podcast

Join the Maricopa County Library District and the Public Defender’s Office as we talk to community experts as well as attorneys on best practices, tips and tricks, and basic questions on basic rights. Our librarians will also chip in, giving you the best free library resources to continue your quest for knowledge.

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Animal Cruelty by the Law

Episode 29, published Monday, November 29, 2021.

Do you know what the laws are about animal cruelty or even why its important to talk about animal cruelty? Join us as an attorney from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office talks about the animal cruelty laws and cases that he prosecutes.

Animal Cruelty Diversion Programs - SAGE Counseling

Episode 28, published Monday, November 22, 2021.

Did you know that Arizona hosts one of the few diversion counseling programs for those on probation for animal cruelty? Join us as we talk to Simon Burr from SAGE Counseling as he explains how the program works.

Meet the Arizona Humane Society

Episode 27, published Monday, November 15, 2021.

Did you know that the AZ Humane Society offers a lot more than just pet adoptions? Join us as we talk with Tracey Miller from the AZ Humane Society about all the great work they do. Learn more about their bottle baby kitten ICU, their disaster teams, non-traditional animal adoptions, and how to report or find out more about their animal cruelty investigation teams.

Domestic Violence: Probation & Restrictions

Episode 26, published Monday, November 8, 2021.

Join us as we talk with Kacie Nickel, a county Public Defender about what defendants need to know about their rights and restrictions during a domestic violence dispute - from pre-trial to probation, find out what to expect.

Domestic Violence: Victim Avocates

Episode 25, published Monday, November 1, 2021.

If you are a victim in a domestic violence dispute, do you know what your rights are or what to expect from a victim advocate? Join us as we talk to a county Victim Advocate about the process and what you need to know about victim's rights.

Domestic Violence: Victims Rights

Episode 24, published Monday, October 25, 2021.

Did you know that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men are victims of domestic violence? Join us as we speak with an attorney with the Family Violence Bureau and a Victim Advocate to find out what the criminal justice process looks like for domestic violence charges. CONTENT WARNING: We'll talk about domestic violence, abuse, & homicide.

The Basics of Courtroom Etiquette

Episode 23, published Monday, October 18, 2021.

So you've got your court date but do you know what to expect, how to dress, or what to say? Join our Public Defenders as they talk about courtroom etiquette and what you can prepare for before you go to court.

What We Get Wrong About Miranda Rights

Episode 22, published Monday, October 11, 2021.

You see this scenario on TV all the time: An entire criminal case is thrown out because the police didn't read the suspect their Miranda Rights during the original arrest. Did you know that's not exactly how Miranda Rights work in the real world? Join our Public Defenders Ross Kader and John Champagne as they dispel myths and talk about about when Miranda Rights really come into play in the criminal justice system.

#DeviousLicks: A TikTok Challenge Felony?

Episode 21, published Monday, October 4, 2021.

The TikTok #deviouslicks challenge has made stealing from and vandalizing school restrooms seem like a fun thing to do, but it can have lasting consequences. Join us as we hear from attorneys at the Public Defender's Office talk about what types of criminal charges can result from this challenge and what the long-term ramifications could be.

Mental Health Court-Ordered Treatment

Episode 20, published Monday, September 27, 2021.

Even though we don't have mental asylums any more, sometimes people need mental health court-ordered treatment. Listen to Dan Fenzel, Office of the Public Advocate, talk about patients' rights when they are ordered to undergo mental health treatment, if they are involuntarily committed, and how the process works.