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Arizona appeal options

If you believe material errors existed in your Arizona trial, you may appeal to a higher court. If you use all of your rights of appeal at the state level, you may request a review of your case at the federal level. At The Nolan Law Firm, we have experience…

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How to Avoid an Ignition Interlock False Positive

Following a DUI in Arizona, you may need to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. An IID can benefit you in some ways; it allows you to keep your license so that you retain access to transportation. This can allow you to continue to take care of…

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Drunk driving cases usually begin with a traffic stop

Most drunk driving cases in Arizona and around the country begin with a routine traffic stop. Police officers often suspect that motorists are under the influence of drugs or alcohol after observing them driving recklessly. However, they may also begin to suspect impairment after initiating a traffic stop for some…

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Report: Phoenix Cop has History of Arresting Sober Drivers for DUI

Because so much of television news is fluff, it is a pleasure to point out a recent investigative report by Phoenix’s KNXV-TV. The ABC affiliate recently aired a report on Phoenix police officer David Morris, a certified drug recognition expert. About the Investigative Report According to the report, Morris’s expertise…

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How Accurate are “Breathalyzers”?

Arizona has some of the nation’s strictest drunk driving laws, and if authorities charge you with drunk driving and that charge leads to a conviction, you can expect to face a wide range of potentially life-altering penalties. Often, whether your driving under the influence charge ultimately winds up leading to…

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Drug Possession and Trafficking Laws in Arizona

If you receive a drug possession conviction in Arizona, the state may impose felony-level penalties. The exact consequences for this crime vary by the circumstances of your case, including any history of prior convictions, the type and amount of substance, and whether evidence exists to support the intent to distribute…

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3 Things to Know About Plea Bargains

Criminal cases often end with a plea bargain. This avoids going to trial and allows you to negotiate the terms of your conviction. Plea bargains can be good deals, but sometimes, they may not be the best choice. The decision to make a deal or not is up to you.…

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Do you understand how appeals work?

There may come a time when you find yourself not only in handcuffs but also behind bars in an Arizona jail cell. Should your case proceed so far that you have to go before a judge to receive a verdict, you may decide to appeal the decision. The American Bar…

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The Appeals Process in Arizona

Finding yourself convicted of a crime in Arizona may leave you in a bind. You may face charges and consequences you never thought you would have to deal with, and contemplating it is overwhelming you. Conviction does not always mean you have to face the sentence imposed by the court. Some situations…

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Appealing a Criminal Conviction May Take a Long Time

If a judge or jury has convicted you of a felony offense in the Grand Canyon State, you have a right to appeal your conviction. Furthermore, if you are facing a death sentence, your matter has an automatic appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court. You should realize, though, that appeals…

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Does Arizona Have a “Make My Day” Law?

Most states have some kind of legislation that protects people who are defending themselves and their property from being liable for an assault or murder charge, and Arizona is no exception. The premise of Arizona’s “castle doctrine” (or “stand your ground law” as it is sometimes called) is that if…

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Arizona’s Self-Defense Laws

There is a threat to your life, and you feel scared. Is your reaction fight or flight? There is no time to think of the consequences should you defend yourself. There is no time to make a rational decision. When your life is at stake there is no logic involved.…

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