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Marijuana Charge Expungement Begins in Arizona

In November 2020, Arizona voters passed Prop 207, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adult users.  Another benefit to this new legislation?  Those people who were convicted of certain marijuana possession or marijuana paraphernalia felonies can apply to have their convictions expunged beginning on July 12, 2021. Here’s a quick run-down on what Arizona’s law…

201906.07
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Medical Marijuana Is Not a Crime–but Could It Be?

While still contemplating the advent of a marijuana breathalyzer and the complex nature of THC and impairment, attorneys in Arizona, one of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use only, now have to brush up on their botany.  Or is it chemistry?  You know we went to law school because of math…

201811.12
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When Veterans Transition Out of One “War Zone” and into Another

Veterans Day is always an important day for us here at the office.  We strongly advocated for a Veterans court in Scottsdale modeled after the highly effective and successful Phoenix Veterans Court.  We have written extensively on the unique challenges veterans face and how services for veterans can be grossly inadequate.  When veterans do not…

201610.27
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Veterans Court in Scottsdale!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!  Those of you familiar with the work of our firm know that we have been working passionately and closely with members of the regional veteran’s court, various City of Phoenix criminal justice personnel, and groups sympathetic to veteran’s issues to persuade the City of Scottsdale to host its…

201610.07
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The Costs of Corruption

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins.”  William Pitt One person’s actions affected 24,000 guilty convictions.  Annie Dookhan lied–for years.  She “tested” samples in her crime lab without checking the samples out of the evidence lockers; she…