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Arizona Appeals Court Blocks Old Abortion Law

In the wake of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade by the United States Supreme Court, the issue in Arizona became the enforcement of a law that criminalizes virtually all abortions, making most abortions felonies. The law, which is more than one hundred years old and was...

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Criminal Speeding in Arizona

Most people assume that when you get a traffic ticket – for running a red light, for example, that the potential penalty is a fine, and maybe you’ll take a hit on your auto insurance. In fact, there are motor vehicle violations, in addition to DUI, of course, that are...

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New Anti-Hazing Law in Arizona

Hazing is not new. It exists in many colleges, high schools, and other educational facilities. It includes abuse as part of “pre-initiation activities” for clubs, fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, social groups, etc. And until now, Arizona was one of only six...

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The Surge in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. There are a number of different analogs of the drug, but a typical dose of fentanyl is perhaps 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times as potent as morphine. While fentanyl has been used to bolster the effect of illegal drugs since...

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Expungement in Arizona? Not Quite!

For those of you who don’t know, expungement is the process in which a conviction, an arrest or the filing of a criminal charge is erased from the record. Effectively, it would, for most purposes, be as if the conviction, arrest or charge never happened. Arizona does...

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Self-Defense in Arizona

Self-defense has been a hot topic over the years. And there is a fair amount of confusion over what self-defense is, when it can be raised by a criminal defendant, and the mechanics of how the issue is decided in a criminal case. What is Self-Defense? Self-defense is...

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Civil Asset Forfeiture in the News Again

We have written a couple of articles in the last year about civil asset forfeiture. It is a procedure under which the government seizes property allegedly used in connection with criminal activity. Until a year ago, forfeiture in Arizona was utilized where the police...

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