Category Archives: Drugs

Various articles dealing with drug convictions and your rights by Arizona Criminal Attorney

Plain Smell Doctrine and the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act

On July 22 I was interviewed by Kim Tobin with ABC 15 about a new Court of Appeals Division 2 court ruling on whether the odor of marijuana can be probable cause for a police search.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Police Mistake of Law Justifies Stop

Traffic StopYesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Heien v. North Carolina holding that a reasonable mistake of law by the police justifies a traffic stop.  While any erosion of our right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure is alarming, this case appears to be limited in its scope. Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court: Police Mistake of Law Justifies Stop

Medical Marijuana and DUI

Medical Marijuana DUI StopGetting a medical marijuana card can be a smart thing.  Possession of marijuana in Arizona is a class 6 felony without the card.   Anyone with a medical marijuana card, or considering a medical marijuana card, should be aware of two recent Arizona court cases that address marijuana and DUI.   Continue reading Medical Marijuana and DUI

Drug Convictions and Federal Student Aid

drug conviction federal student aid

Most college students and their parents are not aware that getting a drug conviction while receiving federal student aid will make a student ineligible for future federally funded grants, loans, or work-study programs. A simple conviction for possession of marijuana can derail an otherwise stellar academic career.   Continue reading Drug Convictions and Federal Student Aid