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Fighting an Indecent Exposure or Public Nudity Charge

Indecent exposure or public nudity may seem harmless enough, but it can carry severe consequences. In many states, such an offense can actually land someone on the sex offender registry. Arizona is one such state. In Arizona and other jurisdictions, laws regulate behavior. Statutes covering sexual violations and indecent acts…

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How to Define Your Status in a Federal Criminal Investigation

In a Federal criminal investigation, individuals involved are separated into three categories: suspect, target, and witness. If Federal authorities believe you may have committed a crime, you will be referred to as a suspect or a target. There is also a chance that you will be summoned to talk to…

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Arizona Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Guns and Drugs

The Associated Press reports that an Arizona grand jury has filed indictments against two men for possessing assault rifles and selling drugs. These two men are believed to be part of a drug trafficking ring. Drugs and guns The two men were indicted on a charge of selling meth. They…

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How Does the Appeals Process Work?

If you’re convicted of a crime, you may believe that your fate rests in the hands of the court. Yet, there may have been mistakes in your case’s handling, whether by the judge, jury, or your counsel. In these instances, you have the right to appeal your conviction and a…

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Your Rights When Pulled Over by Police

If you have ever been pulled over by the police, you know how stressful or aggravating it can be. And for some reason, it always seems to occur at the most inopportune time. If you haven’t felt the feeling of being pulled over, you know the feeling of a cop…

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The Nolan Law Firm Remains Available During COVID

At The Nolan Law Firm in Mesa, Arizona, we know that life goes on, even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have come with it. As the world continues to turn, people’s need for essential products and services does not stop. We continue to need food, gas, medicine,…

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Elements of a Good Plea Bargain

There is often a lot of concern about what makes for a bad plea deal, but not so much attention on what makes a good one. Knowing what a good deal contains can make it much easier for you to make the decision about accepting any deal the prosecution may…

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A Drug Conviction May No Longer Mean a Loss of Financial Aid

College students convicted of drug-related offenses have long placed their financial aid at risk. However, a congressional committee recently voted to put an end to the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty, which dictated that students convicted of drug offenses would lose access to financial aid for at least a…

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How Does Blood Alcohol Concentration Impact Driving?

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a measure of how much alcohol is in your bloodstream. This measurement is used to determine whether a person is over the legal limit, which can be determined by a chemical breath or blood test. While .08% is the legal limit, people begin to feel the…

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Your Ignition Interlock Device May Tattle On You

Drinking and driving is a terrible idea in the Grand Canyon State, mainly because Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the country. If you have a blood alcohol concentration above the state’s 0.08% legal limit, you face a variety of consequences. A not insignificant one is having to install an…

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Arizona’s Specialty Court for DUIs

When people break the law, harsh punishment is not always the answer. In certain cases, there may be an underlying issue that caused the offender to commit the crime. For this reason, many states adopt specialty courts for certain offenses, including driving under the influence. There are a few key things…

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Diversion Programs in Arizona

Diversion is an alternative to traditional prosecution by a court. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provides several different diversion programs to some individuals accused of certain crimes. Those charged with specific Class 4, 5, and 6 offenses may be eligible to participate in the Felony Pretrial Intervention Program. The FPIP allows a…

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