201801.24
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Why Arizona Needs A 911 Good Samaritan Law

In June of 2017, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency concerning the number of opioid-related deaths in Arizona. 911 Good Samaritan laws are a common sense measure that could have saved an estimated 100 Arizona lives last year alone. This week, Governor Ducey called a special session of the Arizona Senate to pass laws related to his plan to reduce…

201801.10
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Who Decides if you Plead Guilty or Innocent?

When you work with a defense attorney, you’ll undergo a consultation with the purpose of determining the best strategy for defending you against the prosecution. At each step, your attorney should explain your options and the scenarios that might result from pursuing each option. Your lawyer is also well-positioned to make an educated guess about likely outcomes…

201712.28
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6 Arizona Criminal Justice Nonprofits

During the holiday season, many people give to charitable organizations. There are a number of nonprofits that help people in the criminal justice system. Here are a few worth supporting: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Arizona – This organization takes a multi-pronged approach to fighting mass incarceration. AFSC provides resources for individuals and families, advocates…

How to Survive a Traffic Stop
201712.27
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How to Survive a Traffic Stop

Being pulled over can be a scary, tense, and stressful situation for everyone involved, as a simple traffic stop can lead to a loss of money, liberty, or even life. You never know what type of officer you will be interacting with or what kind of shift that officer had worked. Your main priority should…

201712.14
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Why Are Arizona DUI Arrests Down?

DUI arrests have been down throughout Arizona over the past few years, but it’s not because enforcement has slackened. Arizona police are still as vigilant as ever when it comes to cracking down on DUIs; however, fewer people are hitting the road while under the influence and authorities believe it has to do with rideshare…

201711.29
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Shoplifting and Civil Demand Letters

Shoplifting may seem like a minor crime, but retailers feel differently. The warning signs posted around dressing rooms, restrooms, and exits should not be taken lightly. If you get caught shoplifting, the plaintiff has several options. They can report it to the police to press criminal charges, they can file a civil lawsuit, and they…

201711.15
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Avoid DUI Charges This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, you’re likely to go to more family gatherings and social functions than usual. Police are aware of the seasonal pattern, and they ramp up their enforcement of DUI laws. Play it safe to avoid charges, even if you’re drinking in moderation or not planning to drink at all. Plan to stay overnight at…

201710.29
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What Really Causes Mass Incarceration?

In a new book, law professor John Pfaff unpacks the standard story of what causes mass incarceration in the United States. Prison overcrowding, racial disparities, and privatization are clear symptoms of a system in need of reform. To gain ground on correcting these symptoms, we need to properly understand the causes. The Standard Story of…

201710.16
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American vs. Scandinavian Prisons

If you’ve been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term in prison, your quality of life is going to diminish drastically. That’s just how it is in the United States. This isn’t some kind of natural law, but the result of the American prison system, which stands in stark contrast to more reform-minded…