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How to define your status in a Federal criminal investigation

By The Nolan Law Firm | June 4, 2020

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 summoned to talk to investigators...

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Diocese of Phoenix subject of sexual abuse lawsuit

By The Nolan Law Firm | September 4, 2020

Two lawsuits filed on Sept. 2 in Arizona have named the Diocese of Phoenix as well as a church connected to the Diocese as the defendants. The complaint alleges that a priest sexually abused two young boys in 1970 who were members of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. An attorney...

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Voyeurism charges in Arizona

By The Nolan Law Firm | October 4, 2020

In Arizona, voyeurism is a type of sex offense that can result in serious penalties and collateral consequences. People who are convicted of voyeurism may face sentences to incarceration, fines, and the potential for ongoing sex offender registration for years. Being convicted of voyeurism can cause problems with finding jobs...

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Hidden drugs create possession issues

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 4, 2020

Arizona residents may have heard about a recent case involving heroin possession and intent to distribute from a motel room in Cottonwood. Four people are accused of possessing multiple packets of heroin found in a “hide-a-can” that looks like a common beverage container but hides valuables. Police investigated reports of...

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Sex crimes charges involve pastor at high school

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 4, 2020

Residents of Arizona may have heard about an alleged sex crime incident that garnered media attention. A Michigan pastor faces arrest for charges related to the sexual assault of underage males. The case involves the pastor allegedly providing monetary compensation to the youth to have sexual relations with his wife....

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Why authorities drop drug charges

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 4, 2020

If you are charged with drug possession or other drug crimes in Arizona, you could face significant consequences if convicted. However, there is a chance that the charge will be reduced or dropped altogether. Let’s look at some of the reasons why authorities would be willing to drop a case...

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How to dispute a sexual assault claim

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 4, 2020

There are many defenses that you may use if you are accused of sexual assault in Arizona or any other state. In some cases, it may be possible to admit to touching or having sex with an alleged victim without admitting that you did anything wrong. Deny the charge entirely...

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Three facing charges for Twitter hack

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 12, 2020

Arizona residents may have heard that on July 31, prosecutors announced charges against three individuals in connection with a hack that affected some prominent accounts on Twitter. One of the individuals is a 17-year-old from Florida, and the other two are men, one from Britain and one from Florida. The...

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The internet is a public space, and criminal charges can result

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 12, 2020

Many people in Arizona and throughout the country lose sight of the fact that they are in a public space when communicating on the internet. The fact is that any activity on the web is the same thing as being on public property. When people interact with others in a...

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The issue of racial disparities in the courts

By The Nolan Law Firm | November 12, 2020

In Arizona and other states, concerns exist about racial disparities that exist in the courtroom. Some feel that fairness becomes compromised when a person’s race affects his or her outcome. Therefore, activists are attempting to raise awareness about the problem. Two nationwide studies revealed that 95% of elected prosecutors are...

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