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SB1070: Know Your Rights

The recent United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on Arizona’s controversial immigration law known as SB1070. In a 5 to 3 decision the Supreme Court justices upheld one critical element of the bill while striking down several other parts. The High Court found that it was not a violation…

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What Are Your Appeal Rights and How Should They Be Used?

An appeal is very different from a trial, which is just one reason that appellate courts are confusing to many. During an appeal, the attorneys are gathering information about whether or not a legal error occurred during the trial. It’s normally all done in writing, and almost never involves revisiting…

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Know How Alcohol Affects Your Body

Alcohol, no matter how small the amount that one consumes, has an effect on the body. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream and only a tiny amount of it is excreted by the body through the urine and breath. Long-term use of alcohol especially in excessive amounts always has physical…

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What Should I Know About Current Sheriff Paul Penzone and Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

County Sheriffs have the opportunity to interpret the law, which means that different situations are subject to their opinion and they can choose what issues get priority in the area. That’s why it’s so important to understand the people who are at the forefront when making these decisions, and how they…

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What is the Difference Between Setting Aside a Case vs Dismissing a Case in Arizona?

The legal world is filled with nuances and seeming contradictions. Each state has its own set of laws, which may be the same as other states, similar, or different. Legal terms can also be even more baffling when used by the media or entertainment industry. In this article, we will…

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What Exactly Is a White Collar Crime in Arizona?

Have you ever heard of a white collar crime? Perhaps you heard that one of your neighbors was arrested for insurance fraud, or saw the film The Big Short about the mortgage industry fraud that caused a brief depression in 2008. Whether or not you’ve heard of it, white collar…

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What You Need to Know About the TASC Drug Diversion Program in Arizona

There has been a lot of discussion about the best way to deal with non-violent drug offenders, with most people on both sides of the political aisle preferring drug diversion programs that enable recovery rather than jail time. TASC stands for Treatment Assessment Screening Center, and it has a stunning 73%…

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What Is the Difference Between an Attorney and a Lawyer In Arizona?

It is not uncommon to hear these two words used interchangeably in both everyday conversation and in the news. And most of the time, it doesn’t cause confusion. Most people understand the meaning behind the words without getting caught up in the technicalities. However, there are differences between the two,…

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What is a criminal appeal?

When a Mesa resident is arrested for the alleged commission of a crime there are a few different ways that their legal matter may move forward. If the prosecutor on their case decides that there is not any evidence connecting them to the matter then they may be released from…

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Getting a License Back After a DUI Revocation

One of the penalties that drivers in Arizona may face if they are convicted of a drunk driving crime is the loss of their driving privileges. A driver’s license may be suspended or revoked, leaving them without the right to get behind the wheel of a car and drive where…

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Police can arrest a driver with a BAC lower than 0.08

In most states, the legal limit of the amount of alcohol people can have in their systems when driving a car is 0.08. Numerous organizations lobbied the government to lower the limit over the years, and many groups continue to believe that legally lowering the limit more will further reduce the number of…

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Appealing a Felony Conviction

A felony conviction may be a devastating blow after the months you spent preparing for and going through your criminal trial. However, in Arizona, you can appeal the decision. The appellate court’s review of your trial is not a second trial. Instead, it is a panel of judges reading your brief,…

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