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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I'm a Public Defender, Ask Me Anything

Episode 33, published Monday, December 27, 2021.

Do you ever wonder what public defenders do or why they do it? How can they defend what some people might think are indefensible crimes? Join us as we talk to the Know Your Rights public defenders to learn their thoughts about why they are a vital part of the criminal justice system.

How Legal is Weed, Anyway?

Episode 32, published Monday, December 20, 2021.

Do you know what is legal and what is not when it comes to recreational and medical marijuana use? Join the ASU Cannabis Legal Association as we talk with Pima County public defender Sarah Mayhew about the ins and out of cannabis criminal law.

Meet the ASU Cannabis Legal Association

Episode 31, published Monday, December 13, 2021.

Did you know that there is a legal association for ASU law students that deal with cannabis and related marijuana laws? Join us as we speak to Savanna Wright and learn about this organization.

What is Veterans Court?

Episode 30, published Monday, December 6, 2021.

Veterans have really unique needs, so it makes sense that they would have a court dedicated just to veterans who are involved in the justice system. Join us as we speak to Kacie Nickel, a Public Defender who works in the Maricopa County Veterans Court as she explains how it works, why it's important for our veterans, and how you can get into it.

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.