Ninth Circuit News You Can Use
In the last few months the United States Court of Appeals in San Fransisco has issued several decisions that are particularly helpful to us down here in Arizona. Today I want to talk about two of my favorites, which provide us with some fresh ammo in jury trials. Both involve specific issues which come up over and over in our DUI, domestic violence, and other criminal jury trials down here.
Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse: Except if You are a Police Officer
2014 was a year punctuated by populist and somewhat incendiary citizen outrage, justified or not, over police wielding of (what some see as unbridled) power, ignited by at least three nationally publicized deaths of unarmed young men of color, and their subsequent and expedient legal exonerations by Staten Island and St. Louis County Grand Juries. In short, in 2014, the police seemed to act with impunity and immunity. And the legal system seemed to protect them.
Are Videos Helpful in DUI Cases?
The State of our Police State These days, sensational and tragic videos of the police, endless loops on our national news feeds, seem to be becoming the proverbial, and unfortunately literal, smoking guns of 2014. At times stunning and gut-wrenching, these videos have fueled mass protests across the country, fomenting a resounding and national clarion […]
How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
For those of you who are charged with crimes, many say that the single most important decision you will make is which criminal defense lawyer to hire. And it’s true: the choice of criminal defense lawyer can be critical to the outcome. Because there are thousands of criminal defense lawyers – 10% of all law school graduates will practice criminal law at some point.
The Myth of Medical Marijuana in Arizona: DUI
You can get a DUI in Arizona without a drop of alcohol in your system. Just having the drug or metabolite of marijuana in your body is enough to get you DUI
300 Days of Sunshine: University of Arizona Students, DUI, Drugs & Alcohol
Here is the truth about Tucson law enforcement culture, and how it impacts thousands of unsuspecting University of Arizona undergraduate students each year:
Election Day Not All Bad: California Voters reduce many felonies to misdemeanors
In a bright spot from a forboding election day (at least for progressives), California Voters, with their sunny dispositions,passed Proposition 47 which, fully retroactive, will reduce through affirmative petition many qualifying non-violent first offense state felonies to misdemeanors, including possessory drug offenses. See League of Women Voters description. This representsa hallmark in a movement to ameliorate […]
Cleaning Up Your Arizona Criminal Record
It may be surprising to learn that in Arizona, there’s no easy way to completely “expunge” or “purge” an Arizona adult criminal record. Some states, like California for example, still allow some records to be completely “purged.”
Endangerment not just Dangerous, but Fatal, for Immigrants
In Leal v. Holder –F.3d–, No. 12-73381 (9th Cir. Nov. 6, 2014) the panel, according Chevron deference to the BIA (Matter of Leal), effectively held that a conviction under Arizona’s “Endangerment” statute, ARS § 13-1201, is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT), and thus a substantive basis for deportation. There, Leal, an undocumented alien, convicted […]
Michael Harwin Named in Best Lawyers
August 18, 2014 We are pleased to announce that Michael Harwin has been named in Best Lawyers in America® 21st, ed. for Criminal Defense: White Collar. Best Lawyers describes itself as “the most selective and highly regarded directory of attorneys in the world. ” A former prosecutor, Michael, has for many years been rated A-V […]