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GANG DATABASES

What are Gang Databases? If you ask law enforcement, gang databases are a vital tool in keeping cities safe. It has been around since policing was established. It has helped curb crime. When violence occurs, law enforcement tries to get one step ahead by knowing who may retaliate and who may be targeted next. In…

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How DUIs Affect Financial Aid and Scholarships

Research shows that 30% of college students drive after drinking alcohol. This choice can often lead to several consequences: accidents, injuries, and death. Even if an inebriated student manages to drive home unscathed, Arizona still has the toughest DUI laws in the nation. This means if you get pulled over intoxicated, you’re going to get…

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Your Rights at DUI Checkpoints

A DUI checkpoint, also known as a sobriety checkpoint, is a location where law enforcement officers are stationed to check drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment. If you find yourself pulled over at a DUI checkpoint, it’s important to know your rights. At the checkpoint, you must: Pull over if the officer signals you…

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Hot Car Rescue Laws

In March of 2018, a Phoenix father made headlines for being sentenced to three years in prison for leaving his two-year old son to die in a hot car in 2015. It was in 2017 that Governor Doug Ducey passed House Bill 2494 which allows individuals to use reasonable force to break into a car…

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Forgery

What is Forgery? The Legal Dictionary defines forgery as a criminal act in which someone falsifies or fabricates writing, art, documents, or other objects with intention to deceive another person or entity. How Common is Forgery? We don’t see a lot of forgery crimes on the news, but forgery is actually more common today than…

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Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Although marijuana laws are changing in Arizona, DUI laws are not. The consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol are well publicized. However, some do not realize that it is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs, including marijuana. Even if you are legally able to use marijuana for medical reasons, it…

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Medical Marijuana in Arizona

In 1996, Arizona Proposition 200 was approved as an initiative state statute by a 65.4 to 34.6 percent margin. Proposition 200 allows medical doctors to prescribe controlled substances, such as marijuana, to relieve the pain and suffering of seriously or terminally ill patients. A patient who is prescribed marijuana by a doctor would not be…

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Arizona’s November 2018 Ballot – Legalizing Marijuana

Arizona citizens have the opportunity to initiate legislation as either a state statute or a constitutional amendment. Additionally, Arizona citizens have the power to repeal legislation that has been passed through veto referendum. Initiated state statute: This is a new law that a state adopts through the ballot initiative process. Arizona is one of twenty-one…

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When Federal and State Law Conflict, Which Law Applies?

The federal government does not recognize a distinction between medical and recreational marijuana, both are considered controlled substances. Under the Controlled Substance Act, Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug. This means that the federal government believes marijuana has a high abuse potential and has no medical value. How do federal prosecutors handle the…

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Unlawful DUI Traffic Stops in Arizona

If you want to avoid a DUI conviction, your defense attorney will review the evidence filed against you. Your attorney will ask you questions about what happened during the traffic stop, including the reasons the officer gave for pulling you over, what was said, and what actions were taken. Even if you tested over the legal…