UofA Students Arrested in the Dorms: What You Should Know

First, understand that in the dorms, your child’s privacy rights as a practical matter are left at the key-carded entrance. And that the Resident Assistants rather than acting as your child’s “assistants,” actually serve as de-facto auxiliaries of the University of Arizona Police. In the vast majority of cases, it is the Resident Assistants themselves who make the call to the Police about your child. And they do so for relatively minor occurrences it seems—when for example an RA thinks she smells marijuana creeping (“emanating” the Police like to call it, the RA’s adopting the police verbiage) out from under your child’s dorm room door, or suspect usually correctly mind you that there’s underage drinking going on behind that door, or when they hear what they think behind that door is heated argument your daughter might be having with her boyfriend.

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You Rights During a Tucson DUI Investigation: Devlin v. Browning

In Devlin v. Browning in and for County of Pima, a Tucson DUI officer claimed he saw Devlin speeding at about 2:00 AM eastbound on Broadway, and stopped him for that reason. 249 Ariz. 143, 145 (App. Div. II 2020) The officer claims he smelled alcohol when he approached Devlin seated in his car, and that Devlin had “bloodshot watery eyes.” Devlin admitted that he’d been drinking. So, instead of simply giving Devlin a speeding ticket, the Officer began a DUI investigation, and eventually arrested Devlin for DUI.

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Pima County Preliminary Hearings and Grand Jury Indictments Felony Criminal Procedure

A preliminary hearing is the ostensible first stop in the system of supposed checks and balances embedded in the concept of criminal prosecution and justice . The thinking is—when a person is charged with a serious crime—any felony—the criminal justice system isn’t going to simply take the word of the police officer[s] doing the arrest (in misdemeanors that’s the case). Because felonies are so serious there should be at the least, a brief hearing after release before a “neutral and detached” magistrate, to kind of check the work of the police officer—to independently review in summary fashion the initial evidence gathered.

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You’ve Been Arrested for a Felony in Pima County: What Happens Next?

You or someone you care about was just arrested for a felony in Pima County. So you ask: What comes next? This article will give you a general overview of what happens and what to expect Booking & Initial Appearance In Pima County, all police departments, including Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita, use the central […]

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The Prosecutor Failed to Give Me Evidence: Three Things You Can Do

Today we are going to talk about other rights, the rights you have to “prompt” “timely” “disclosure” of basic materials—your police reports, the results of any chemical testing of bodily substances, photographs, videos, audio records and a host of others. Today I’m going to focus on videos, photos, and audio recordings because they are ostensibly readily available (in other words there is no further testing that has to be completed at a crime lab). And three things you can do where the prosecutor has failed to timely disclose important evidence.

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Your DUI Case is Two Years Old: Three Things You Do.

During the COVID pandemic courts here in Arizona, in Pima County and in Tucson were temporarily closed, limited or cancelled. Almost all matters, especially for those out of custody, were continued interminably. For some time there were no jury trials, at all, no evidentiary hearings, sometimes not even any pretrial conferences. Cases languished. If you have one of those cases—one that has been pending for over a year. here’s some positive thoughts about what you can productively do.

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Domestic Violence for Professionals – Part IV – Fingerprint Clearance Cards: Teachers & Nurses

Today we’re going to talk about some a common professional consequence that attach soon after arrest for a domestic violence related crime, including misdemeanors: Suspension of Fingerprint Clearance Cards.

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Domestic Violence for Professionals – Part III – Asserting Victims’ Rights to Influence Outcome

Today we’ll talk about how victims may also influence the final outcomes of domestic violence criminal proceedings in Arizona, particularly in relation to a putative offer of “diversion.”

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Domestic Violence for Professionals – Part II – Victims’ Bill of Rights In Arizona

Today we continue, introducing you today to the Arizona Victims’ Bill of Rights. We discuss herein how the Arizona Victims’ Bill of Rights may be in some cases actually helpful to defendants whose victims do not want the defendant prosecuted or restrained. In other words, we discuss how a cooperative victim may use the Arizona Victims’ Bill of Rights to make her voice heard on release conditions, case management, and potentially outcome.

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Domestic Violence for Professionals – Part I – The Arrest, Initial Appearance & Arraignment

If you are a licensed professional, serve in the military, hold security or access clearances, or need to carry or handle a firearm for your job, domestic violence charges, even if later dismissed, can alter your career trajectory.

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