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What are Disorderly Conduct Defenses in Arizona?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Jan 4, 2022

Sometimes referred to as “disturbing the peace”, disorderly conduct is a crime that can be committed in a variety of ways. Arizona’s law definition of the charge is very broad, allowing for a great deal of subjectivity. Consequently, many times this will be the charge for someone when their crime simply doesn’t fit any other…

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Roadside Drug Tests Are Unreliable

By The Nolan Law Firm | Dec 12, 2021

Though medical marijuana is legal in Arizona, driving while under the influence of drugs is not. As a result of evolving laws across the country, officers began implementing roadside tests for marijuana that are similar to the breathalyzer test for alcohol. The problem with these tests — as well as roadside tests that measure actual…

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What is the Difference Between Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Dec 3, 2021

Reasonable suspicion and probable cause are often confused because they typically go hand-in-hand. When police officers detain someone, search their property or body or arrest someone for any alleged crime, they usually identify reasonable suspicion, followed closely by probable cause. While the terms are often used interchangeably they are slightly different in terms of their…

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The 3 Classifications of Assault in Arizona

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2021

Feelings of anger and revenge are a normal part of being human, but when you act upon those emotions, it may lead to breaking the law. One way is through assault, which is attempting or threatening to injure another person. You may not understand why you face criminal charges when you did not actually hurt…

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What is Criminal Damage & What are the Penalties?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 2, 2021

If you have been arrested for criminal damage in Arizona, you likely want to know what this charge is all about. Thankfully, the following is a breakdown of the charge, and what you can expect penalty-wise if you are found guilty of this crime. What is Criminal Damage? Criminal damage is a charge that means…

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Aggravated Circumstances Can Elevate Sentencing of Rape Charges

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 2, 2021

Sexual assault and rape are serious criminal charges in Arizona. Any reader who is facing these significant violent crimes should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss their legal options for preparing a case-specific defense strategy. This post will briefly introduce several factors that may elevate the sentencing of a rape or sexual assault conviction…

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3 Behaviors That Give Police Reason to Pull Motorists Over

By The Nolan Law Firm | Oct 12, 2021

There are numerous campaigns to warn people about the dangers of drinking and driving. Even so, the 2018 holiday season in Arizona saw an increase in DUI arrests compared to the same period in 2017. Even if individuals only have one alcoholic drink, they can still become impaired to the point where police can arrest them. Police can arrest…

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Penalties for a First-Time DUI Offense in Arizona

By The Nolan Law Firm | Oct 12, 2021

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence in Arizona, you may be curious to know what kinds of penalties and fines you can expect. Arizona is one of the toughest states when it comes to DUI laws.  According to Arizona law, it is illegal to drive or otherwise be in control of a…

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What Is a Motion to Revoke Probation?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Oct 1, 2021

Probation is an agreement in essence between the convicted party and the sentencing party that the convicted individual will adhere to certain guidelines, instead of serving prison or jail time. The main purpose of probation is the rehabilitation of a defendant and is often relegated to cases that involve first-time or low-risk offenders. When the…

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What Are the Consequences for Drunk Driving in AZ?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Sep 13, 2021

If you choose to drive drunk in Arizona, the consequences can vary based on if this has happened before, how old you are and how much alcohol was in your system while you were driving. These are just a few factors that the Arizona Department of Public Safety identifies as considerations when the consequences for drunk…

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