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  • Can I Have an Open Container of Alcohol in Arizona?

    Posted By Salvador Law Group || Mar 15, 2019

    In the state of Arizona, there are laws regarding open containers of alcohol. Similarly to Arizona drug charges, if you are pulled over by a police officer for any reason and there is an open container visible in your vehicle, you can face a Class 2 misdemeanor charge, along with penalties and fines. It’s important to know about the laws and what options you have if you are arrested and charged ...
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  • The 3 Type of Misdemeanor DUIs in Arizona

    Posted By Salvador Law Group || Feb 21, 2019

    DUIs in Arizona could have you facing multiple charges. There are many aspects of DUIs that could affect how you are charged and what punishment you will receive. It’s essential to understand the differences between Arizona’s DUI sections listed by the slightest degree to most severe. It would help to talk with an experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney about the charges and the best ...
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  • Knowing Your Rights When You're Pulled Over by Police

    Posted By Salvador Law Group || Feb 19, 2019

    In the state of Arizona and elsewhere, many people on the road find themselves pulled over at some point. Generally, this is something that can happen at least once in your life while you are driving, even if you’re perfectly following the rules of the road and your vehicle is in tip-top shape. If a police officer pulls you over, you may be nervous, even if you know you haven’t done anything wrong ...
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  • Can a Drug Charge in Arizona Be Expunged?

    Posted By Salvador Law Group || Jan 18, 2019

    We all have done something in our lives that we shouldn't have done. This doesn't mean that a person can't change or that they shouldn't be given a second chance. Many states offer a second chance in the form of an expungement, which removes criminal charges (including Arizona drug charges) from one's record after meeting certain conditions and getting it approved by the courts. In Arizona, it's ...
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  • What Are the Charges for a First-Time Drug Offense?

    Posted By Salvador Phillips || Nov 14, 2018

    People arrested for a drug offense in the state of Arizona might expect leniency for a first-time offense, but the laws for these charges are very strict. The punishment can range from probation and no time in jail to up to two years in prison. It is important to understand the severity of first-time drug offense charges, what is involved and the potential consequences. Cases not managed properly ...
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  • Can I Use My Medical Marijuana Card in Another State?

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Oct 11, 2018

    By a slight majority of 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent in the 2010 elections, residents voted in favor of Proposition 203 to legalize medical marijuana. Now, Arizona residents can obtain a medical marijuana card from a valid doctor if they show that it will help alleviate chronic pain, disorders or symptoms of cancer or cancer treatments. However, the federal government continues to define marijuana ...
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  • Weed Laws in Arizona You Need to Know

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Oct 9, 2018

    Weed laws vary across the entire country. Federally, marijuana is still illegal and considered a Schedule 1 substance. However, more states are enacting laws that make the drug legal both medically and recreationally. Currently, there are 30 U.S. states with laws that make medical marijuana use with a doctor’s recommendation legal, including Arizona. Nine states have also legalized recreational ...
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  • Is Pot Legalization Affecting Car Accident Rates?

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Sep 27, 2017

    Throughout the country the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has gained considerable momentum and support. Today, several states have legalized marijuana for use by adults over the age of 21, and numerous others for individuals who have verifiable medical needs. In Arizona, recreational marijuana is not currently legal, but patients with qualifying conditions can legally purchase ...
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  • DUI vs. Wet Reckless Charges

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Apr 14, 2017

    In Arizona, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or above. However, there may be exceptions for law enforcement officers to make a DUI arrest even if a motorists DUI is below .08. This includes situations where officers believe a person poses a danger to others, or when the suspect is a commercial driver or under the age of 21. In some cases, ...
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  • What to Do After Denying Field Sobriety Tests

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Apr 10, 2017

    We have all seen them before – motorists being suspected of driving under the influence being made to walk and turn, hold one leg off the ground and count, and follow the path of a pen held by a law enforcement officer. While these are scenes we are familiar with when it comes to DUI stops and investigations, it is important to note that they are NOT mandatory. If you are stopped in connection to ...
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  • 5 Steps to Take if Your Child Was Arrested for DUI

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Apr 5, 2017

    Parents will forever be inclined to support their children when they need it most. This is especially true during difficult times that come with facing criminal allegations. A criminal charge puts a lot on the line, both in the short- and long-term, and it can threaten your child’s freedom and future. In fact, a criminal conviction at a time when children are becoming adults and beginning their ...
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  • If I Passed Field Sobriety Tests, Why Was I Still Arrested?

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Feb 2, 2017

    At Salvador Law Group, our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys have represented many clients who were charged with driving under the influence. While all cases are unique and concern their own set of facts and circumstances, we hear recurring concerns from clients that they passed field sobriety tests, but were still arrested. Often, they ask us if that means they have a valid defense against the ...
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  • Arizona Law Enforcement Clears $200 Million Over 5 Years Using Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jan 31, 2017

    Civil asset forfeiture is a tactic used by law enforcement agencies to seize the property of individuals who are suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Although it was designed to be used against big-time criminals and defund the ill-gotten gains of organized crime, civil asset forfeiture has become an increasingly popular tool for law enforcement agencies to make money and subsidize ...
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  • After an Arrest: 4 Things to Remember

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jan 20, 2017

    Being stopped, questioned, or arrested by law enforcement is not an easy experience. Although there is plenty cause to lose your cool, remaining calm, remembering your rights, and focusing on a few key points can greatly benefit you and your future potential case should charges be levied against you. Because we work with many individuals who have been arrested and charged with crimes, our criminal ...
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  • DUI Enhancements: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Nov 1, 2016

    Arizona law makes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs illegal and cause for serious penalties. In many cases, drivers accused of DUI will face misdemeanor charges which, depending on the nature of the crime, can lead to penalties that include court-ordered fines and fees, mandatory classes, license penalties, and not more than a year in jail. In the most serious cases, DUIs can be ...
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  • Understanding the Right to Remain Silent

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Aug 3, 2016

    In most cases, the criminal process starts with a stop or an arrest. A police officer only has the right to arrest a person if they have probable cause to believe the individual committed a felony, have witnessed the individual commit a misdemeanor crime, or has found that there is a warrant for the individual’s arrest. No matter what reason the officer may have, it is important that the ...
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  • Can I Get in Trouble for Possessing Adderall?

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jun 7, 2016

    Adderall is a drug that is widely prescribed to treat the symptoms of ADHD, but it is only legal with a valid prescription. While useful to control symptoms in people with a legitimate medical need, more people in recent years have taken to using stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin for other purposes, including as a study aid or to stimulate mood. Adderall has become popular among young people, ...
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  • Stay Connected with Salvador Phillips, PLLC

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Apr 15, 2016

    At Salvador Law Group, we take pride in providing individuals, families, and businesses across Phoenix and the state of Arizona with representation that unites a small firm feel with big firm results. This means we place a priority on working personally with all clients, making their interests our interests, and creating customized, cost-efficient legal strategies that produce the best results ...
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  • What are Extreme DUIs and Super Extreme DUIs in Arizona?

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Mar 21, 2016

    The majority of people understand the definition of a DUI charge and the penalties and fines a person can face if convicted of a DUI charge in Arizona. However, less publicized DUI charges exist. In fact, there are such things as Extreme DUIs and Super Extreme DUIs in Arizona. To help you understand what these charges are, and the penalties and charges a person may face if accused of such charges, ...
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  • Phoenix's Loose Grip on Gun Laws Seems To Be Working

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jan 12, 2016

    Recently, Phoenix police departments stated that in 2015, only 113 murders occurred in the city. Reports show that this number is the lowest it has been over the last three decades. Many sources are stating this is because Phoenix has the least amount of gun laws and the highest rate of firearm ownership despite the fact that Phoenix is the largest city in the United States. Chicago, on the other ...
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  • The Importance of a DUI Defense Attorney

    Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Nov 19, 2015

    Arrested? Take Immediate Legal Action! If you have been accused of DUI in Phoenix, you are undoubtedly aware of the serious situation you are currently facing. Depending on a variety of factors, such as your criminal history or if an injury was caused, you could be seriously penalized by prosecutors. Refusing to take a breathalyzer or chemical test at the scene could also result in harsh ...
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