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Online child abuse, exploitation and child grooming

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 12, 2020

With all its virtues, the internet has made the sexual abuse and exploitation of children easier, so the web is a prime hunting ground for predators. Both real and false claims of online sexual abuse occur all over the United States, including in Arizona. Online child sexual abuse occurs when someone uses the internet as…

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Arizona woman accused of concealing meth in chip bag

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 12, 2020

An Arizona woman was taken into custody on narcotics charges in Tempe on June 9 after she allegedly attempted to conceal about 3 pounds of methamphetamine by placing it in a potato chip bag. The 34-year-old Mesa resident has been charged with possessing a dangerous controlled substance with the intent to sell, conducting an illegal…

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Criminal justice reform will likely be on Arizona ballot

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 12, 2020

Arizona voters will likely be able to weigh in on a controversial criminal justice reform measure when they go to the polls in November. Backers of the proposed ballot initiative reported recently that they had gathered almost 400,000 signatures from Arizonans who support the measure. They only needed 237,645 signatures to meet ballot requirements. The…

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The issue of racial disparities in the courts

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 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 white, a percentage that reflects…

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

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 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 manner that can be deemed…

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Three facing charges for Twitter hack

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 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 17-year-old was reportedly the mastermind…

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How to dispute a sexual assault claim

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 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 One defense to a sexual…

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Why authorities drop drug charges

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 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 or agree to a plea…

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Hidden drugs create possession issues

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 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 drug trafficking from a Cottonwood…

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Diocese of Phoenix subject of sexual abuse lawsuit

By The Nolan Law Firm | Sep 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 for the now-adult men says…

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