On December 27, 2015, the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety released statistics showing that both regular and extreme DUI arrests in Arizona were down when compared to 2014 arrests. In 2014, officers made 29,250 DUI arrests, whereas, in 2015, officers made 24,674 arrests. Arrests for Extreme DUIs also went down from 8,414 in 2014 to 6,742 in 2015. For more stats, click here.
Just in time for Christmas, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has decided that Arizona residents may now keep hedgehogs as pets because hedgehogs do not pose a threat to native animals if let loose in the wild. However, pet monkeys are now banned as pets, so cross that off your Christmas list. For the full article, click here.
At a closed-door hearing early this morning, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors decided that Maricopa County's infamous Tent City will be shutting down in late December of this year after 22-years in operation. This ruling comes after years of protests, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's current legal battles and pressure from lawmakers to close the facility. Current inmates at that time will be moved to other jails and housing locations not yet determined. Click here to continue reading.
On July 20, 2015, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, held that, in view of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act ("AMMA"), the scent of marijuana, standing alone, is insufficient evidence of criminal activity to supply probable cause for a search warrant. To read the Court's full opinion, click here.
After drunkenly crashing into a guard rail, a New Jersey man allegedly poured 10 gallons of water in the middle of an intersection to create a black ice slick (and, hopefully, a plausible excuse for the accident). Unfortunately, the cops didn't buy it and cited him for DUI. His passenger is accused of aiding in the plan. Click here for the full story.
The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") has recently ruled that employees complaining about their employer on Facebook cannot be fired on that basis alone. Rather, the employees were "simply acting collectively to discuss a workplace issue, which is protected under the National Labor Relations Act." For the full story, click here.
According to the Arizona Supreme Court's April 22, 2014 ruling, motorists who have used marijuana can no longer be charged with driving under the influence on that basis alone, even if some traces of the drug are detected in their blood. Arizona Supreme Court justices disagreed with the Maricopa County Attorney Office, which argued that drivers whose blood tests reveal the presence of an inactive marijuana metabolite known as Carboxy-THC can be prosecuted for driving while impaired. Continue reading...
As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s. Continue reading...
Here's an interesting article illustrating recent scams targeting Arizona attorneys. While we receive these scams often, I've never heard of a dog detecting and avoiding the scam. Ok, that's a little misleading, but read on to find out how Walter, the Bull Terrier, spotted this fraud.
Due to his extensive knowledge of the Visa/MasterCard class action pending before the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, Zach Giammarco was cited in a recent article published by Ratchet + Wrench, a leading trade magazine and media brand exclusively serving the auto care industry. In this article, Zach discusses the basics of this massive lawsuit that ultimately led to the record-breaking settlement of $7.25 billion after seven years of litigation. Click here to read the full article.