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DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney in Tempe AZ: I post and share on many topics including news, laws, tech, consumer alerts, public safety, and Google + updates. My motto on Google + is "It's never to late to learn something new; share something familiar; and be what you always wanted to be!"
DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney in Tempe AZ: I post and share on many topics including news, laws, tech, consumer alerts, public safety, and Google + updates. My motto on Google + is "It's never to late to learn something new; share something familiar; and be what you always wanted to be!"

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Can You be Convicted of a Crime You were Forced at Gunpoint to Commit?

Yes, you can, and in this case it happened.

Committing a crime that you were forced to engage in, can be defended under Arizona’s “Duress” law.

Your defense must be carefully and effectively presented in order to get the charges dismissed or to be acquitted.

In any criminal trial, the timing in which the defense theory is presented to the jury, is equally as important as the defense itself.

In a recent case decided by the Arizona Supreme Court, the defendant was charged with Marijuana transportation, and challenged the charges using Arizona’s Dress defense.

The defendant testified that smugglers armed with weapons, forced him to carry large bundles of Marijuana into the Arizona desert.

At trial, the jury found the defendant guilty of drug crimes and sentenced him to prison.

The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.

The defendant appealed his conviction to the Arizona Supreme Court on the basis that he was prohibited from advising the jury in opening statements that the duress defense would be used.

Below is an outline of the Arizona Supreme Court opinion and additional topics related to Arizona’s Duress Law:

• Arizona Supreme Court Opinion – Case Overview
• Understanding Arizona’s Duress Defense
• Q. & A. – Duress Defense
• Penalties, and Criminal Defense for Marijuana Charges

https://blog.arizonacriminaldefenselawyer.com/2016/11/challenge-marijuana-smuggling-charges-provoked-duress.html


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Will Arizona's Rejection of Marijuana Reduce Drug DUIs?

The Arizona voters just said “no” to legalizing recreational marijuana. One of the concerns expressed by voters was the risk that more people would drive impaired on marijuana.

It is true that Arizona has seen a 10-fold increase in Drug DUI charges over the last decade. But there really is no breakdown or evidence available that suggests this dramatic increase results from Marijuana vs. other drugs. More data points to a rise in prescription drugs, rather than Marijuana.

Nonetheless, the proposition failed in Arizona. Though I suspect we will see it again on the 2017 ballot.

In this article we take a closer look at:

• Arizona’s Marijuana DUI laws;
• Prosecution challenges to prove that a driver was impaired due to Marijuana;
• What to do if you are arrested for Marijuana DUI;
• Criminal defense for Marijuana DUI charges

http://blog.novakazlaw.com/2016/11/marijuana-dui-impacts-of-arizonas-rejection-of-recreational-marijuana-on-drugged-driving-charges/



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