James Palestini Featured in Paradise Valley City Lifestyle

I’m thrilled to share my latest article featured in Paradise Valley City Lifestyle! In this piece, I delve into the intricacies of dog leashing laws in Arizona, providing you with a comprehensive guide to ensure your furry friends are safe and compliant with state regulations. As a lawyer and passionate advocate for responsible pet ownership,…

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Narcotics Possession in Arizona

Narcotics Possession in Arizona

Just because the opioid epidemic is out of the news cycle doesn’t actually mean it’s getting any better. As recently as 2022, 5 Arizonans a day die from opioid overdoses, and another 9 suffered non-fatal overdose symptoms. In addition to just opioids, the number of seized narcotics at the Arizona border is tracking to be…

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The Coyotes

It’s not exactly criminal defense related, but yesterday a contract was signed that signaled the end of the Big 4 sports era in Arizona: the Arizona Coyotes were sold to the owner of the Utah Jazz, and professional hockey has officially left the state. Kinda. Everything in that last sentence needs a “kinda”, and, as…

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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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