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September 2014 Archives

How Colorado’s marijuana laws affect Arizona residents

In the November 2010 election, voters in Arizona elected to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. At this time, any use beyond that remains illegal in the state of Arizona. However, given the proximity of Colorado to Arizona, it can be important for Arizona residents to understand how the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado may impact them.

How do ignition interlock devices work?

Arizona drivers who are convicted of drunk driving offenses may face the use of ignition interlock devices as part of their penalties along with the payment of fines, loss of driving privileges and even jail time. Many people have heard of IIDs but may not necessarily understand how they work. Having a working knowledge of this can be useful if facing a potential DUI conviction.

A field sobriety test primer

After stopping drivers for traffic violations or after accidents, law enforcement officials in Arizona can request drivers to participate in field sobriety tests if the involvement of drugs or alcohol is suspected. These tests are precursors to determining actual inebriation but can be the first step toward a drunk driving arrest. Understanding these tests and their fallibility can be important for people who may face these situations.

Understanding sentencing in criminal cases

At the Baker Law Firm, we understand that defendants facing felony convictions in Arizona whether for assault charges, battery charges, terrorist acts or something else can be reasonably concerned and confused about potential penalties and sentences if convictions are received.

The difference between assault, aggravated assault and battery

In Arizona, charges relating to battery, assault and aggravated assault are all very similar and are sometimes used together. For this reason, it can be easy to think they are the same but this is not the case. While they are related, each one is unique unto itself and carries with it, its own set of penalties when convictions occur.