Hire a Good Attorney When Facing a Criminal Offense 

Legal Expertise If you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Criminal charges create an overwhelming amount of anxiety, and the last thing you need from a lawyer is a sales pitch. What you need is someone who will answer your questions, explain your options, and give you confidence….


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…


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…


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…


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…


Where to Draw the Line: McCoy v. Louisiana

Scope of representation was a concept that was stressed in law school. There are parameters for when an attorney can make decisions verses when a client can make the decisions in any given case. The lawyer decides questions, objections, and trial strategy. Whereas the client decides whether to enter a plea, represent themselves, waive jury,…


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…


Long Wait Times for Phoenix Police Records

When you watch legal dramas, you see defense attorneys portrayed as very important, very busy people. In real life, the intensity of our daily lives depends on our practice and our caseloads. We do live up to the stereotype in the sense that we are dedicated to winning and using all the resources at our…


Restoring Your Rights After a Conviction in Arizona

You might be aware that after a conviction, you lose certain civil rights. According to the Sentencing Project, over 6 million otherwise eligible voters in the United States no longer enjoy voting rights due to a felony conviction. As with many aspects of the justice system, African Americans are disproportionately affected by voter disenfranchisement, with 1…