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University of Arizona Students: A Quick Guide to Common Criminal Arrests & Citations

Classes just started on Tuesday, three days ago, and already we have received calls from students and parents. Here’s a quick guide to common University of Arizona citations and arrests, especially for undergraduates, based on our many years experience representing students.

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The Ambien Defense-Five Important Things To Know

The so-called “Ambien defense”, while not new, has been in the headlines recently because Roseanne Barr blamed the drug for her racist tweets. The pharmaceutical company that makes Ambien responded by tweeting, “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.

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Drug Paraphernalia Charges In Arizona

In Arizona, drug paraphernalia is a broad term used to describe a vast array of objects that can be used for growing, harvesting, manufacturing, testing, storing, containing, or concealing an illegal drug or used for injecting, or ingesting an illegal drug into the human body.

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What is a Career Criminal?

This blog will discuss how the career criminal designation affects drug offenders and a recent holding in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals case, U.S. v. Winstead, that could reduce the number of drug offenders who are sentenced as “career criminals.”

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Sentencing Enhancements at the Border

Federal sentencing guidelines use a system of “levels” to determine the range of jail time that offenders serve, based on the severity of the crime. A specific “base” level, from 1-43, is determined for each crime and that base level is the starting point for determining the minimum jail sentence an offender is likely to receive.

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Federal Drug Offenses: Mandatory Minimums & Harsh Enhancements

Over the past decade there had been a laudably bi-partisan effort to reduce the exploding prison population, particularly for drug offenders. But that era of leniency seems to have come to an abrupt halt.
Tough on crime statutes, passed by Congress, have long been on the books. However, in the recent past, Federal Prosecutors, using some discretion, occasionally side-stepped such harsh laws, particularly during the Obama years.

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Marijuana Wax: UofA – Eviction, and Criminal Charges

University of Arizona students and parents, often out-of-state, call us with urgent questions. Far too often a student has been caught in one of the dorms, typically Coronado,smoking marijuana, or lately an extract commonly known as “wax” (Butane Hash Oil). Eighteen years old, with no prior criminal record, the student is summarily booked into Pima County Jail, where he spends the night. Here’s five things you should know.

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Jeff Sessions & Medical Marijuana in Arizona

As a result of U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement, about renewed enforcement focus concerning federal marijuana laws, despite state legalization, Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws have been back in the news. Here’s a recap of current thinking and recent legal developments.

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IRS Tax Investigations: Five Things You Should Know

Each year hundreds of people in Arizona, particularly small business owners, learn that they are being investigated by the IRS, sometimes for criminal matters. Here are a few things you should know, right at the beginning.

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Wide Turns: A Common Reason Police Stop People for DUI in Tucson

Each holiday season the police here in Tucson conduct annual DUI “saturation patrols.” These result in the arrests hundreds of people, most whom have never been charged with a crime in their lives.
But not everyone the police stop is swerving all over the road. Concentrating on Fourth Avenue, University of Arizona campus, and downtown, the police often use de minimus reasons as excuses to stop you: things they claim are traffic violations, but are actually things drivers do every day.

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