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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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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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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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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Fireworks Law in Arizona

Fireworks Law in Arizona

Ah, Independence Day, a day for celebrating America in the best possible ways: grilling out, relaxing in the pool, and setting off fireworks. While there are really no laws governing your celebration with the first two, there are definitely laws dictating how, when, and where you can use the last one. But before you say…

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AI in the Legal Field

AI Lawyer

The 1987 cinematic classic Robocop was ripe with discussions on policing, politics, and automation, the film itself an advanced study on just exactly what it means to pursue justice from a completely objective perspective. Just kidding, the movie is a pile of hot garbage that spawned several sequels and somehow even a reboot, but nonetheless…

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Is Sexting a Crime?

Sexting is it a crime

“Keep it in your pants” is generally pretty sound advice. Unless you’re in the bathroom or getting ready for bed, there’s really not a whole lot of good that follows unzipping your pants anywhere else. However, when two people like each other very, very much… sometimes… you take off your pants and send each other…

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