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Are you eligible for drug court in Maricopa County?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

A Maricopa County drug charge often brings with it considerable penalties. Many of these penalties seek to hold you accountable for your actions, rather than provide you with the tools you need to get better. Maricopa County drug courts, however, present a potential alternative to traditional penalties. If you gain entry into one, you may…

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New Arizona Controlled Substance Law Goes into Effect in 2020

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

A June 11, 2019 indictment in Arizona charged 11 people with prescription fraud, accusing them of allegedly stealing the identities of health care workers to write fake prescriptions. The investigation started in 2018 and ended with the state’s Attorney General’s Office identifying 36 separate transactions involving fraudulent prescriptions for opioids. Currently, under Arizona state law,…

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Dispose of unused medications

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 the medication from a doctor,…

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

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 program after license suspension in Arizona.…

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How Will Money Laundering Charges Impact Me?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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. The consequences of laundering money…

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Understanding Discovery in Criminal Cases

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 influence, possessing drugs, or anything…

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A drug conviction may no longer mean a loss of financial aid

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 year. Historically, any student convicted…

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Your rights when pulled over by police

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

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 car driving behind you, the…

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Supreme Court to review traffic stops

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 12, 2020

Motorists have a right of privacy while they are in their vehicles. But, stopping motorists often leads to the filing of criminal charges, such as drunk driving, drug charges or theft. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an illegal search and seizure case involving a traffic stop in Kansas. The Court is…

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Understanding juvenile driver’s license suspension

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 12, 2020

Most Mesa teenagers can barely wait for their sixteenth birthday so that the driver’s license process can start. Earning that license is a rite of passage that means greater freedom – but also much greater responsibility. Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death and disability for American teenagers.  Beyond those life…

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