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Arizona’s self-defense laws

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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. Protecting yourself from a person…

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How much do you know about search warrants?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

A police officer comes to your home and knocks on the door. He or she hands you a piece of paper. On this paper are the words “search warrant.” You may know enough about this document to understand that a police officer is at your house to search for something. What is the process of…

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3 things about arraignments you may not know

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

An arraignment is a pretrial process. It is to tell the defendants of the charges and what their legal rights are. Arraignments make sure the defendant has an attorney if needed, enter a plea and set a date for the trial. Rule 14 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure outlines the process of an arraignment…

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Set-aside versus destruction of records for a juvenile offender

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Your juvenile record is following you around like a bad smell. It pops up every time you apply for a job. It was there when the police stopped you for speeding. You finished your probation. But should you set-aside or destroy it? What is the difference? The state of Arizona does allow you to both…

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Does Arizona have a make my day law?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 the “castle doctrine” as it is sometimes called is that if you are being directly threatened, or someone is attempting to…

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Understanding when police can legally search a car

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

These days, more and more people feel concerned about police in Arizona and elsewhere. Citizens need to understand their rights, so they can exercise and protect them. If a person is ever pulled over, Flex Your Rights explains when the police have permission to search that individual’s vehicle. Understanding essential facts can keep a bad situation from…

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You must know of immigration consequences before taking a plea

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Anyone who has ever faced criminal charges knows how stressful they can be. Navigating the American justice system can be both confusing and frightening. Often, criminal defendants elect to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors. While judges must ultimately approve any agreement made, prosecutors and defendants typically enjoy wide latitude to negotiate charges, penalties and…

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What to do when pulled over for suspicion of drug use

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Police officers can spot driving behaviors that may indicate intoxication or a driver under the influence of drugs. When they pull you over, they will look for other indicators such as watery or red eyes, difficulty speaking and the inability to walk normally. Not all officers can recognize drug use, which is why they will…

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Drug possession and trafficking in Arizona

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 intent to distribute the substance. Before facing drug charges…

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3 things to know about plea bargains

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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. Remember, if you do not…

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