As the pandemic continues, many employers are requiring their employees to be vaccinated (or submit proof of negative COVID test results) as a condition of continued employment. The reactions to these requirements vary, from those who believe the move will help end the pandemic, to others who believe it constitutes a major infringement on their…

The number of arrests for driving under the influence, or DUI, has grown over the last couple of years not only in Phoenix, but throughout Arizona. An example is the number of DUI arrests over Memorial Day weekend this year, compared with last year. While a comparison of just a couple of years may not…

As of the late summer of 2020, domestic violence-related homicides in Phoenix were up by 180% over the same period in 2019. Phoenix is not alone in this area, although the percentage rise is perhaps unique. Other large cities are facing the same disturbing trend in family violence, with domestic violence deaths up in many…

You would certainly assume that the Coronavirus pandemic would have affected the number of people accused, driving under the influence, as well as the number arrested for DUI. With fewer people out and about town in bars and restaurants, you would expect a corresponding decrease in, for example, the number of those drinking and driving….

The consequences of a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) are significant. Loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates, fines, a blot on your permanent record, and more. But perhaps the most frightening aspect of a DUI is the possibility of going to jail. While jail is still a consideration in many drunk driving…

We have reported previously on what appear to be some changes in crime statistics that may well be the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, in our May 20 blog (Domestic Violence and COVID-19), we discussed domestic violence in Phoenix. Specifically, we talked about what appeared to be a rise in domestic violence calls…

Trial by a jury of one’s peers is one of the cornerstones of our justice system. The U.S. Constitution says that in all criminal cases, the defendant is entitled to a trial by an impartial jury. The same right is set forth in Article VI § 17 of the Arizona Constitution. But what will jury…

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. And it has had a major effect not only on crime, but also on police policies and procedures. As we explained in our blog earlier this month (Domestic Violence and COVID-19), there has been a change in the level of certain crimes and in the behavior of…

A number of articles have been written on the issue of whether COVID-19 has led to an increase in domestic violence. The predominant opinion appears to be that it has. Family Violence in Phoenix As early as March, reports were circulating that the police were seeing a rise in the number of domestic violence calls…

According to the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, there is rampant fraud related to the COVID-19 crisis. We’re not sure how many ongoing investigations there are at this point, but the U.S. Attorney, Michael Bailey, has appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney to oversee matters related to the virus and any incoming reports…

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued numerous executive orders relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The following is a list of some of the more significant orders issued over the last month or so. Some violations could result in a misdemeanor charge: March 11, 2020 – Proactive Measures to Protect Against COVID-19. This order includes,…

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