Citizens Arrest for Shoplifting

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the ever-growing wave of property theft throughout the US. As retailers shutter stores in areas that refuse to prosecute shoplifters, Arizona doubles down on its claim to being the last true heart of the wild west with this week’s passage of SB1613, which amends the current citizens arrest…

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Marijuana and Interstate Commerce in Arizona

With the ever-growing -pun intended- marijuana industry taking over not just Arizona but many other US states, the assumption would be that, like any other legalized substance, you’re free to do as you please with regards to transportation. Why wouldn’t you assume that you could go from marijuana-friendly Arizona to marijuana-friendly California with marijuana in…

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About Arizona’s Castle Doctrine (Stand Your Ground Laws)

James Palestini on Fox 10 - Jan 2024

In case you missed my FOX 10 interview this morning, there have been quite a few recent thwarted home invasions in the valley. Informally known or referred to as “stand your ground” incidents, the use of deadly force to repel someone who is trying to enter your home or business is actually quite legal. Let’s…

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The Gilbert Goons

The Gilbert Goons

Typically when I think of Gilbert, I think of a quiet but sneakily robust downtown and sticking to the speed limit. Now, however, the good name of Gilbert has been tarnished by a string of incidents allegedly perpetrated by the aptly named “Gilbert Goons.” This “gang” has been responsible for multiple parking lot attacks, threatening…

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Palestini Law – Don’t Be a Turkey

Thanksgiving 2023

According to most TV commercials, the holidays are a joyous time where friends and family gather to enjoy each other’s company, share meals and gifts, and smile happily into the camera while holding a product placement. In real life, we all know that the day before Thanksgiving should only be spent at a bar with…

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What to Do if You’re Accused of Domestic Violence in Arizona

Domestic Violence Law in Arizona

Generally I like to start these posts in a lighthearted manner, but today’s topic is no joke and it’s quickly becoming the majority of my caseload: domestic violence. As a defense attorney, I’ve seen my fair share of domestic violence cases, and I’ve seen the amount of physical and emotional pain a domestic violence situation…

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Standing Strong for Justice: Safeguarding Victim Rights in Arizona

In the realm of criminal law, the focus often centers around the defendants – individuals who are facing legal action due to alleged misconduct. However, there’s another side to the story that’s just as crucial but sometimes overlooked: the victims. At Palestini Law, we’re not only dedicated to defending those accused of crimes, but also…

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The Alabama Slamma

The Alabama Slamma

By now you’ve likely seen footage of what’s being called the Alabama Tea Party, the Riverboat Rumble, and the ‘Bama Brawl – the now infamous footage of a multi-man melee that broke out last weekend when an argument over a boat docking post turned into a no-holds-barred free-for-all, complete with a folding-chair headshot that made…

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Arizona Judge Declares Law Limiting Filming of Police Unconstitutional: A Victory for Transparency and Accountability

Filming the Police in Arizona

In a significant victory for civil liberties and government accountability, an Arizona judge recently ruled that the state’s law limiting the filming of police officers is unconstitutional. This landmark decision has far-reaching implications for citizens’ rights to record law enforcement activities and sheds light on the importance of transparency in our criminal justice system. In…

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