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Law Offices of Michael Harwin
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Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer might be the single most important decision you make throughout your case. Chances are there’s at least dozens if not hundreds of criminal defense lawyers hanging their shingles in your city or town. Most have small practices. A few are really good. Below are five things that might surprise you:

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Domestic violence now is one of the most commonly charged types of crimes in the United States. Arguments between spouses, household members, parents, children, and romantic partners (or even casual partners) can result in charges related to domestic violence.

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Within days of assuming the Presidency, Trump signed two Executive Orders. While these orders don’t change who is legally subject to deportation, they greatly broaden the scope of who now is a priority for deportation.

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Since the passage of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) in 2010, we have seen a sharp increase in DUI-marijuana arrests. The potency of modern dispensary marijuana, greater than commercial grade, may be a factor. This article will clarify the current state of Arizona DUI-marijuana laws.

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“Finding Certainty in Cert based on a Statistical Analysis Over 14 Years,” authored by a University of Southern California law scholar, and political science student, confirmed that a notably small handful of elite attorneys hold outsized sway with the United States Supreme Court.

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Most criminal defense attorneys familiar with the landscape of federal criminal law have long been painfully aware that the term “crime of violence” crops up as a dark feature, repeatedly, unpleasantly, and often ominously throughout the Code and Guidelines. But now, with the recent advent of Johnson v. United States, and interpretive circuit opinions, the federal criminal defense landscape may be suddenly brightening, at least a little bit.

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On December 9, 2015 United States District Judge David Godbey denied a request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in Texas.

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On December 23, 2015 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals authored a decision in United States v. Xochitl Cisneros-Rodriguez holding that if an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent erroneously advises an uncounseled alien in an administrative removal proceeding that an attorney will “not be able to help you,” any waiver of the right to counsel based on that advice is invalid.

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On December 7, 2015 the New York Times reported that the federal government is moving to open two shelters to accommodate an influx of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the southwest border.

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Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require federal officials to scrutinize social media websites and other public data as part of the new standard procedure for reviewing applications by foreign nationals seeking visas within the United States.
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