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Dispose of unused medications

When a doctor prescribes you medication, it comes with certain responsibilities. The expectation is that you will use it only as directed, keep it away from unauthorized users and properly dispose of any leftover portion. Prescriptions only remain in effect for limited amounts of time. Even if you initially got…

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Do You Qualify for a Special Restricted Driver’s License?

Some individuals who receive an Arizona conviction for driving under the influence may be eligible for a special ignition interlock restricted driver’s license. The SIIRDL program requires the installation of an ignition interlock device and the completion of other aspects of the person’s sentence. Explore whether you qualify for the SIIRDL…

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How Will Money Laundering Charges Impact Me?

Money laundering is the process of giving a legal appearance to funds generated through illegal activities. These funds often come from drug trafficking, arms dealing or tax evasion schemes. You may not partake in these unlawful activities yourself. But if you help criminals “wash” their money, you have aided them.…

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Understanding Discovery in Criminal Cases

Every criminal defense lawyer dreams of having a Perry Mason moment, where something comes out at trial that completely surprises the judge, prosecutors, and even the bailiff. In reality, though, these moments are exceedingly rare because of the discovery process. If you are facing criminal charges for driving under the…

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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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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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What Really Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is known as the sexual assault, battery, physical assault, willful intimidation, and/or abusive behavior that is a systematic pattern of control and power of one person against another. This type of violence includes emotional abuse, psychological violence, sexual violence, and physical violence. The severity and frequency of domestic…

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Is a Plea Bargain Worth Accepting?

You’ve been charged with burglary. You’ve hired a defense lawyer, and you’re preparing yourself for trial. If things don’t go your way, you could end up in jail. Suddenly, the prosecutor for your case offers you a deal. What does this mean, and should you accept it? What is a…

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3 Things to Know About Assault with a Deadly Weapon

In Arizona, the law defines assault as any action meant to cause another harm or causing a person to reasonably believe physical harm was imminent. While assault charges are bad enough on their own, someone in possession of a weapon can face more serious consequences for assault with a deadly weapon. When a…

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Aggravated circumstances can elevate sentencing of rape charges

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…

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The 3 classifications of assault in Arizona

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…

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Different charges may be filed when a murder is alleged

The death of a human being is taken very seriously under the laws of Arizona and when a death allegedly occurs at the hands of another person the accused may face serious criminal charges. There are different homicide charges that may be filed in such circumstances and this post will briefly touch…

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