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Felony Fraudulent Schemes and Arson of Defendant’s Arizona Home

Criminal Defense

In Arson case, evidence of a previous fire was admitted to show a common plan or scheme in the burning of an occupied structure which was defendant’s house. Evidence from an anonymous informant was also admitted. Defendant was convicted of arson, a class 2 dangerous felony, and attempted fraudulent schemes and artifices, a class 3 […]

Equitable Defense of Waiver Allowed Husband Credit for Spousal Maintenance Payments Made Directly to Wife

Spousal Maintenance

Trial court properly credited husband with spousal maintenance payments made directly to the wife and not to the Arizona Support Payment Clearinghouse; equitable defense of waiver meant husband’s direct payments were permitted by law after court hearing. Gus Schultz v. Taryn Schultz Trial Court Rejected Wife’s Hyper-Technical Argument for Payment Arrears According to the spouses’ […]

Public Colleges and Universities Can Prohibit Medical Marijuana But Statute Modifying AMMA Unconstitutional

Criminal Defense

ASU student with medical marijuana card convicted of drug possession on campus despite having amount allowed by Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). Reversed on appeal. AMMA amendment was unconstitutional to extent it violated the Voter Protection Act. Arizona v. Andre Lee Juwaun Maestas Arizona Legislation Prohibited Medical Marijuana on Public College and University Campuses The […]

Paternal Grandparents Petition for Visitation Granted Over Divorced Arizona Mother’s Objections

Child Custody

Paternal grandparents’ visitation rights following Arizona divorce involved best interests of two grandchildren and mother’s refusal of access. Having properly accorded special weight to mother’s objection to grandparent visitation, having made findings on best interest of the child factors, the trial court found grandparents rebutted the fit-parent presumption and ordered visitation. Affirmed on appeal. Lisa […]

Why Arizona Marital Presumption of Paternity Law Only Applies to Men

Child Custody

Arizona marital presumption of paternity statute is gender-specific, applies only to men, and cannot be rewritten by the court to apply to women; there is no legal presumption favoring a female spouse who is neither biologically connected nor the adoptive parent in women’s same-sex marriage. Turner v. Hon. R.K. Steiner/Oakley Temporary Child Custody Orders Are […]

Prior Convictions Are an Element of Felony Shoplifting in Arizona Law

Criminal Defense

Prior convictions are an element of the crime of felony shoplifting in Arizona law; shoplifting priors are not sentencing enhancements therefore bifurcating the trial was not required. Arizona v. Lara Bifurcated Trials and Prejudicial Impact of Prior Convictions on Juries Lara was convicted of felony shoplifting after stealing merchandise from a Walmart store. Because she […]

Parenting Plan in Child Custody Modification with Addiction Recovery for Mom

Child Custody

Parenting plan agreement with parenting time and legal decision-making terms adopted by court. Mother ordered into addiction recovery in post-decree child custody modification; with discovery sanctions and attorneys fees awarded to Father. Lee Krieger v. Jennifer Duick Modified California Child Custody Orders in Arizona Under the stipulated terms of the parties’ California divorce in 2007, […]

Breath Tests Taken Before Defendant Contacted Counsel in Aggravated DUI

DUI

In this Arizona criminal case, defendant was convicted of aggravated DUI. He appealed his conviction, arguing the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress breathalyzer test results because he was denied the right to counsel; and that the trial court improperly instructed the jury. His conviction was affirmed by the Arizona Court of […]

Arizona Medical Marijuana Card Affirmative Defense to Drug DUI

DUI

Defendants were medical marijuana cardholders convicted of drug DUI for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana or its metabolite. Were defendants immune from drug DUI prosecution under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act? Conviction affirmed on appeal. Dobson v. Hon. Crane McClennen MJ Cardholder Convicted of Drug DUI Two individuals who had […]

ASRS Lacked Authority to Limit Former Spouse’s QDRO Preserved Survivor Benefit

Arizona Divorce, Property Division

Former wife’s rights to survivor benefits of retired former husband were preserved by a valid QDRO and Arizona State Retirement System had no statutory authority to limit her rights as a contingent annuitant. Sharon DiGiacinto v. Arizona State Retirement System Arizona Divorce Decree with Domestic Relations Order The spouses were married in 1983. In 2003, […]