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Lasting consequences can affect those convicted of sex crimes

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Certain sexual acts are deemed crimes by the laws of Arizona. Not long ago, this Mesa-based criminal defense legal blog discussed how the state defines sexual assault and the elements of charges that may be alleged against a person facing an alleged sex crime. If a person fails to successfully defend themselves against charges of…

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What makes a law enforcement search illegal?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Arizona residents are right to expect some level of privacy in their personal lives. For example, they should expect that the can live as they please within the law within their homes without the threat of law enforcement officials barging in and investigating their actions and property. However, under some circumstances police and other government…

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What is probable cause?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Ask any Arizona parent if they can tell when their child is up to no good and they will probably say “yes”. Parents tend to have a sixth sense when it comes to their children’s behavior and for the most part the hunches and suspicions they harbor are generally spot-on. A parent can base punishments…

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Defending against illegal searches

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

It can be incredibly traumatic to witness law enforcement officials rifling through one’s personal possessions, tearing through their home or emptying out the contents of their car for all of the world to see. Although in some cases it is legal for Arizona police officers to perform these extensive searches of suspects’ property, in other…

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The “fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine” and criminal searches

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

The search of a Mesa resident’s home or vehicle by law enforcement officials may be a stressful and upsetting process. It can be incredibly difficult to see law enforcement officials go through one’s personal items and, if they allege to have found incriminating evidence, law enforcement officials may move forward with the arrest of the…

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Alexa, what are my rights?

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

New technology such as Alexa and other information devices have given police new and effective tools. But this evidence also raises serious concerns about illegal search and seizure and privacy rights in prosecutions in Arizona and across the country. In a New Hampshire murder case, a judge ordered Amazon to release recordings from a victim’s Echo device and any…

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Greyhound passengers advised of constitutional rights

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Passengers on buses and other transportation do not leave their fourth amendment constitutional rights at the curb. In response to recent demands for identification by federal immigration officers, Greyhound issued an advisory to bus passengers about their rights against illegal search and seizure. The advisory was issued during the holiday season amid recent expanded checks by U.S. Customs…

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Vehicle black box is a serious witness

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

Recognized as presenting information in airplane accidents, an event data recorder or black box is now standard equipment in American vehicles. Suspects may begin to claim that seizure of black box data is an illegal search and seizure because police are now equipped to gather and use this evidence. Beginning in 2018, black boxes were installed as standard equipment…

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Supreme Court to review traffic stops

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 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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Lawful exceptions to the Fourth Amendment

By The Nolan Law Firm | Nov 13, 2020

The Fourth Amendment protects the citizen of Arizona from unreasonable search and seizure. However, there are circumstances that the law may deem reasonable, depending on the location and details of the search. At the Nolan Law Firm, we often fight to ensure the protection of our clients’ rights from illegal search and seizures. According to…

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