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What should I tell my child to do if they’re arrested?

Teenagers are likely to make a few mistakes during these years. They may try something reckless or test what they can get away with, but it doesn’t make them a bad kid. Unfortunately, it can be complicated for children of immigrants if they are arrested.

Immigrant families who want to have a talk with their teenager about staying out of trouble may want to talk about what to do if they are arrested. Being convicted of a crime can have long-term effects that last long after their youth is over.

Medical pot may be detectable by breath

Despite the fact that so many of its nearby western states have taken the step to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Arizona has not. The state has, however, enacted legislation to allow select use of marijuana for medicinal use. Even though a person may be legally using pot via the state's medical marijuana program, that does not mean they cannot find themselves in trouble with the law for this legalized use.

Driving under the influence offenses can involve drugs just as well as they can involve alcohol and marijuana is a drug. In the continued effort to crack down on impaired drivers, a business based in neighboring California is said to have developed a breath test device for marijuana according to National Public Radio. The goal of the device is to assist law enforcement during an investigation for suspected impaired driving.

How far can you go in defending yourself and others?

Like most in Yuma, you likely go about your daily routine unafraid of becoming the target of another's threats or aggression. Yet you never know when you might cross paths with an individual that is seemingly intent on doing harm to you and/or others. Your natural reaction may be to defend yourself, yet the fear may also exist that if you must use force against another, you could end up facing criminal charges yourself. Is this true?

Self-defense certainly is not an uncommon claim, but it is one that is often met with a great deal of skepticism. This may be due to questions as to whether or not the allow even allows for it. Arizona has enacted what is known as a "Stand Your Ground" law (which can be found in Section 13-405 of the state's Criminal Code). This law stipulates that your do not have a duty to retreat if a person is threatening to use physical (even deadly) force against you or another. Not only are not required to retreat, but you are permitted to respond in kind if a reasonable person in the same situation would deem it necessary. Specific situations that the law has mentioned where such force is permissible include: 

  • When one is threatening you or others in your immediate vicinity 
  • When one is attempting to enter your home or other property you own
  • When one is attempting to deprive you of personal property 
  • When one is attempting to commit a crime against you or others

Authorities turn the tables on would-be patrolman

Oftentimes, people hear stories of arrests made in Yuma and immediately may question why authorities needed to apprehend the accused. There may be instances where the old adage of the punishment not fitting the crime might seem to apply to a case. Yet despite one's beliefs that law enforcement intervention may not have been needed in a particular incident, authorities are tasked with maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the communities in which they serve. If they believe that one's actions could present a potential danger to that peace, then they may feel justified in detaining him or her. 

A Mesa man recently learned this lesson the hard way. Although his motives are not yet currently known, the man (who reportedly works as a security guard) decided to take it upon himself to try and enforce traffic regulations. He reportedly pursued a vehicle on a Phoenix freeway and turned on the emergency lights on his own vehicle (which were made to appear similar to those used on law-enforcement vehicles). The vehicle he was pursuing, however, failed to stop. He then pulled alongside the vehicle and motioned for them to pull over. One might imagine his own surprise when that vehicle then turned on its own police lights. It indeed turned out to be an unmarked police car, which proceeded to then pull the would-be patrolman over. He ended up being arrested for impersonating a police officer. 

What are the family preference system visa quotas?

Having already gone through the immigration process, you know firsthand just how complex it can be. Yet now that you are settled in Yuma, bringing the rest of your family here to join you may be somewhat easier than the process you were made to go through. That is because one of the primary goals of U.S. immigration policy is reuniting families. An unlimited number of visas are made available for immediate family members such spouses, unmarried minor children and parents of U.S. citizens. After that, a certain number of visas is allotted through the family preference system annually. The question, then, is how many are available and how are they distributed? 

The U.S. Congress has set the number of annual new family preference visas at 480,000. However, the actual number of available visas is determined by subtracting the number of immediate family visas issued in the prior year from that 480,000 total. The number of unused employment preference visas from the previous is then added to that number to come up with the final available amount. By law, the number cannot be lower than 226,000. 

Distinguishing between lost and mislaid property

It is not uncommon for people to come across personal items in Yuma that were obviously lost by their owners. One might find a wallet on a park bench, or a cell phone left on a table at restaurant. One's first impulse may be to find the owner, yet that can often be difficult if he or she did not actually witness the owner leaving it there. At that point, some might say that the proverbial "finders keepers" rule comes into play. Yet following such an axiom may end up leaving one having to deal with legal troubles (and even the potential threat of deportation, depending on the seriousness of the alleged offense). 

According to the Cornell University Law School, the law recognizes two different types of lost property: actual lost property and mislaid property. Lost property are those items that the owner likely left unintentionally. In the aforementioned examples, the wallet left on the park bench might be lost property, given that there likely was no apparent reason why one would have his or her wallet out in such a setting. Mislaid property, on the other hand, is an item that a owner likely was using but then forgot. Again, looking at the previous examples given, one might understand why another would have their cell phone out in a restaurant, and also understand how easily he or she could have forgotten it. 

False allegations of domestic violence

Our law office knows that every domestic violence case is unique. The details may vary considerably from one case to the next and sometimes, people are falsely accused of domestic violence altogether. Furthermore, many cases involve certain details that have been exaggerated, which can have a significant impact on the outcome of the case. For someone who is facing domestic violence charges, a wide variety of consequences may lie ahead, from time behind bars to deportation and a shattered reputation. If you have been falsely accused of this offense, you should carefully go over your options because your future may be at stake.

A man or woman may be falsely accused of domestic violence for all sorts of reasons. These charges may surface following a fight between a couple, or they could be planned in advance for various reasons. For example, someone may attempt to gain the upper hand in the middle of a dispute involving child custody. With such a harsh stigma, simply being accused of domestic violence can shatter a person's life from a social standpoint and have a negative impact on their career. From losing a job to being unable to find new employment, these charges are very serious.

How to stay safe if you are questioned about immigration

Immigration is complicated. Police and law enforcement can be intimidating, even when you have done nothing wrong. You have rights that you might not know about in The United States. These rights are important, they might save you from paying fines, jail or even deportation.

It is very important to educate yourself of the rights you have while you are in America. If you are stopped by police, you may use them to protect yourself. If you are arrested, call a lawyer who can help your situation, and who also handles immigration matters.

Meth arrests are on the rise in arizona

Even in small amounts, a methamphetamine charge in Arizona could come with gargantuan effects. Those caught with meth in the state could face a class four felony; repercussions could become more serious if an individual is in possession of the drug with intentions to distribute it. Despite these stiff penalties, reports show that meth arrests in Arizona are at an all-time high. 

According to ABC News, meth seizures in the state have skyrocketed by 72 percent in the last few years, with 9,733 pounds of the drug seized in 2016 alone. At the time of the March 2017 article, Mexican cartels had increased the flow of meth coming across the border significantly. With the primary goal of mass manufacturing, cartels have recently hidden meth in areas such as tortilla shells and cars, sometimes even smuggling the drug in the form of liquid. ABC reported that Tucson and Phoenix were the two hot spots for distribution.

Deportation and current u.s. policies

Today's political climate reflects a tense attitude toward immigration and deportation as a whole. While this topic can set the stage for a profound debate, many Americans forget that there are human lives severely affected by strict U.S. policies. For Arizona families who have experienced such scares of deportation, there can seem few places to turn in times of need. Recent changes in regulations have caused countless families to fear that their overall quality of life may soon change for the worse.

CNN reported last month that the Supreme Court had made changes to the nation's federal laws regarding deportation. Now, Congress must address the loopholes that prevented the removal of aliens convicted of dangerous crimes. Previously, lawmakers had criticized the country's deportation laws, calling them unconstitutionally vague. Arguing that the previous measures of the law were "flawed," CNN appears to agree with the recent changes, claiming that the grounds for deportation have long been overly broad. Others in support of these modifications hope that the changes will further protect law-abiding immigrants who, in the past, were violated of their rights when deported on wrongful grounds.

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