As a seasoned Arizona criminal defense attorney, I have learned that deceit often lurks behind anonymity. I think Fezzik said it best in the movie, The Princess Bride, when he told Inigo Montoya to be careful in his dealings with the “Man in Black” because: “People in masks cannot be trusted.” The 6th Amendment affords us the right to confront … Read More
One of the fundamental principles of our criminal justice system is that one person should never be punished for the misdeeds of another. As a result, if an eighteen-year-old gets drunk and smashes several car windows with a baseball bat, his parents can never be sentenced to jail for the criminal damage caused by their adult son. And yet, as … Read More
Three months ago, a man was released from a Phoenix prison after serving 42 years for the murders of 29 people – murders we now know he did not commit. In fact, he may have actually been a hero, with witnesses saying they saw him pull several women and children from the burning Tucson hotel that he was later accused … Read More
As an Arizona criminal defense attorney in Mesa, I have found it interesting how the George Zimmerman trial has created a national debate about the wisdom of so-called “stand your ground” laws. Many states have enacted such statutes which basically remove the ancient requirement that one had a duty to retreat prior to claiming self-defense. Although Florida was the first … Read More
As a criminal defense attorney in Arizona I can tell you that under Arizona law, police officers are vested with authority to immediately seize illegal drugs, including marijuana. Pursuant to A.R.S. §13-3413(C), seized drugs are then “summarily forfeited” which means that they are never returned to the owner and are destroyed without any kind of due process hearing. The fact … Read More
With all the political hubbub and legal strife over medical marijuana, as one who tried to be an educated voter, I found myself asking: “Why don’t we just make a synthetic version of THC (the active natural substance in marijuana) and disburse it in pill form?” The simple answer to that question was, as I found out – we already have.