While violent crimes declined in most areas of the United States in the first 6 months of 2011, many Arizona cities, including Phoenix, experienced a rise in such crimes during that same period.  According to a recent FBI study, violent crime increased in 7 of the 10 Arizona cities reported.  In addition to Phoenix, the violent…

Are you looking over your shoulder because you have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant in Phoenix?  If so, you may have missed a chance to clear the slate.  Earlier this month, Phoenix officials launched Phase I of its “New Opportunity Warrant Clear Up Program.”  The program was designed to clear up as many of the 110,000…

While many states have adopted laws designed to reduce prison populations, Arizona has gone in the other direction.  The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and Arizona is among the states with the highest rate within the country. The “tough on crime” stance has had an effect, but not necessarily…

Are you curious as to the status of Arizona’s new immigration law?  This month the United States Supreme Court, in Arizona v. United States, agreed to review a successful challenge to a number of the provisions of Arizona’s 2010 tough immigration statutes.  At issue are several provisions of the controversial law, including a provision requiring…

Officials announced last month that they made “massive” drug-related arrests after a 17-month investigation dubbed “Operation Pipeline Express.” The agencies involved, including those in Maricopa County, stated the bust resulted in the seizure of over 30 tons of marijuana and 100 weapons, and led to the arrest of 76 people.  Interestingly, the operation began as…

With the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, and more recent laws (including the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed on December 15), the government has called into question its commitment to protecting the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.  Taken as a whole, the laws now appear to allow the indefinite detention of…

If you suffer from certain medical conditions, you may be wondering if Arizona has joined the growing list of states which have legalized the medical use of marijuana.  In November of last year, Arizona voters narrowly approved Proposition 203, making the use of marijuana (and its cultivation) legal under very specific restrictions for certain “chronic…

Do you believe you have been mistreated or wrongfully detained or arrested in Maricopa County?  If so, you should be aware that the United States Justice Department has issued a report claiming that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department engaged in conduct that is unconstitutional and violates federal law.  The alleged conduct involves a wide…

Do you serve liquor at your home to anyone under the legal drinking age?  If you live in Tempe, you should be aware of a new local ordinance, scheduled to go into effect in February, holds parents accountable even if those who are drinking are the children of the host.  Under the new ordinance, parents…

If you are operating a motor vehicle in the Phoenix area during the holiday period up to and including New Year’s Eve, be aware that the Phoenix Police Department is participating in the East Valley DUI Task Force throughout the month of December.  This means that the police are stepping up their traffic stops in…

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