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Recently, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey granted local governments the power to implement their own regulations regarding wearing face coverings. While some municipalities have chosen not to enact measures to require face coverings, many have done so or are expected to in the very near future. Most of the cities that have enacted regulations require every individual over the age of 6 years old to wear a face-covering when within 6 feet of individuals not in your household. However, the details vary from city to city, and some cities are threatening to revoke business licenses and press criminal charges on individuals…
For obvious reasons, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on May 31, 2020 which includes a statewide curfew. Whether you agree or disagree with this action by the Governor, it is now law, so it is important to know the facts. Here are some things that you should know. The curfew is likely unconstitutional because it will likely fail to pass strict scrutiny analysis. In short, it is likely too broad, but no one wants to be the person prosecuted who challenges it. The curfew is statewide. This means that any state, county or municipal law enforcement…
Not many people can say they have never committed the crime of littering at some point in their life, whether it be intentionally or accidentally. But most people may be surprised to learn that littering is a criminal offense and the consequences can be quite severe depending on the circumstances. Most people are unaware that they are even committing a crime. For example, if someone drops a cigarette butt out of their window whole driving on the highway, law enforcement can pull that person over and give them a ticket. Charges Related to Littering in Arizona Let’s look at how…
Domestic Violence charges in Arizona are a common occurrence; they should not be taken lightly and are a serious problem for everyone involved. It is a crime that can be charged as many crimes by the state, and the consequences of a conviction are harsh and life-altering for everyone involved. What if, after the domestic violence arrest takes place, the victim doesn’t want to press charges? Does this mean that the charges will be dropped? No, this is not the case. The prosecutor, not the victim, is prosecuting the domestic violence (DV) case. Therefore, only the prosecutor can dismiss the…
In Arizona, marijuana is illegal for recreational use, but it is legal for medicinal use. This means that a licensed doctor if a patient qualifies can recommend the use of medical marijuana.  With this recommendation, the patient can then get an Arizona medical marijuana card which is identification that allows them to legally purchase, possess and use a certain amount of marijuana. But a valid medical marijuana card is viewed very differently by the State of Arizona and by the Federal Government. Does Being a Medical Marijuana Card Holder Affect My Gun Rights? A medical marijuana card allows a person…
Can someone face criminal charges for defending themselves against a person who said they had Coronavirus and was threatening them? During this global-pandemic the threat of acquiring COVID-19 is very scary.  Some would argue that it is just as scary as being attacked by someone with a weapon.  After all, according to health experts, COVID-19 can lead to major health problems like pneumonia and organ failure, and it can also cause issues like shortness of breath and fever.  So what happens if you are out for a walk, doing your best to comply with social distancing rules, and you are…