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Federal Drug Offenses: Mandatory Minimums & Harsh Enhancements

Federal Drug Offenses: Mandatory Minimums & Harsh Enhancements | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Over the past decade there had been a laudably bi-partisan effort to reduce the exploding prison population, particularly for drug offenders. But that era of leniency seems to have come to an abrupt halt. Tough on crime statutes, passed by Congress, have long been on the books. However, in the recent past, Federal Prosecutors, using some discretion, occasionally side-stepped such harsh laws, particularly during the Obama years. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/federal-drug-offenses-mandatory-minimums-harsh-enhancements/
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Jeff Sessions & Medical Marijuana in Arizona

Jeff Sessions & Medical Marijuana in Arizona | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
As a result of U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement, about renewed enforcement focus concerning federal marijuana laws, despite state legalization, Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws have been back in the news. Here’s a recap of current thinking and recent legal developments. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/jeff-sessions-medical-marijuana-arizona/
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Wide Turns: A Common Reason Police Stop People for DUI in Tucson

Wide Turns: A Common Reason Police Stop People for DUI in Tucson | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Each holiday season the police here in Tucson conduct annual DUI “saturation patrols.” These result in the arrests hundreds of people, most whom have never been charged with a crime in their lives. But not everyone the police stop is swerving all over the road. Concentrating on Fourth Avenue, University of Arizona campus, and downtown, the police often use de minimus reasons as excuses to stop you: things they claim are traffic violations, but are actually things drivers do every day. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/wide-turns-tucson-dui/
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5 Things to Know Before Traveling to the U.S. for Medical Treatment or Childbirth

5 Things to Know Before Traveling to the U.S. for Medical Treatment or Childbirth | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Despite the high cost of medical care in the U.S., medical tourism to the U.S. is quite popular. Some hospitals and clinics even specifically market their services overseas to wealthy cash-paying clients. However, there are some very strict immigration guidelines regarding medical travel. Even well-intentioned medical travelers can be subject to consequences that could have a significant impact on their future ability to travel to the U.S. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/5-things-know-traveling-u-s-medical-treatment-childbirth/
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10 Ways for University Students to Prepare for Their U.S. Student Visa Interview

10 Ways for University Students to Prepare for Their U.S. Student Visa Interview | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
The student visa interview can cause anxiety for many prospective students who want to study in the U.S. The truth is, the U.S. government wants to approve student visas.  Foreign students enrich the cultural diversity of a university, and often become permanent “goodwill ambassadors” of the U.S. when they return to their home countries. They are an essential source of revenue for most U.S. universities and university towns. Research-focused universities heavily rely on the diverse skill sets of foreign graduate students. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/10-ways-students-prepare-us-visa-interview/
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How to Protect Your Professional Futures

How to Protect Your Professional Futures | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Law students and medical students are like everyone else, albeit, under extraordinary stress. Some tend to drink and do things that undergraduate students do. However, once they get charged, even with misdemeanors related to alcohol and drugs, there can be special professional consequences. If you are currently enrolled in or aspiring to go to law school or medical school, there are several things about which you should be aware. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/protect-professional-futures/
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Choosing Criminal Defense Lawyer: Five Things that Might Surprise You

Choosing Criminal Defense Lawyer:  Five Things that Might Surprise You | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
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: https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/choose-criminal-defense-attorney-five-things-might-surprise/
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Executive Orders Broaden Deportation Priorities

Executive Orders Broaden Deportation Priorities | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
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. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/executive-orders-broaden-deportation-priorities/
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Fakes IDs: Three Things that Might Surprise You

Fakes IDs: Three Things that Might Surprise You | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
At least two thirds of freshman use a fake ID “25 percent of the time”when they drink alcohol. Unlike your parents’ college days, however, there are at least three things chances are you didn’t know about fake IDs in 2017: https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/fakes-ids-three-things-might-surprise/
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HOW TO CHOOSE A DUI LAWYER

HOW TO CHOOSE A DUI LAWYER | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Choosing the right lawyer in the beginning may be the single most important factor in determining the outcome in the end. In fact, choosing the right DUI lawyer will likely be the most important single decision you make in the entire case. This simple article gives you a few surprising and hopefully helpful tips. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/how-to-choose-dui-lawyer/
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Students: How a Small Crime Could Affect You the Rest of Your Life II

Students: How a Small Crime Could Affect You the Rest of Your Life II | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
(part II: Marijuana) Twenty years ago, in 1996, marijuana made its legalization debut for medical purposes in sunny California. Since that time, states across the country have been legalizing marijuana for medical purposes (as of today, 26 states plus the District of Columbia and Guam, with... https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/students-small-crime-affect-rest-life-ii/
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Ninth Circuit: Religious Freedom Not A Defense For Marijuana Charges

Ninth Circuit: Religious Freedom Not A Defense For Marijuana Charges | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
On June 14th, in US v. Christie, No. 14-10233  the Ninth Circuit affirmed the conviction of two ministers of the “Hawaii Cannabis Ministry” for violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Reverend Roger Cusick Christie founded the “Hawaii Cannabis Ministry,” envisioning the congregation as... https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/religious-freedom-not-defense-marijuana-charges/
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Resisting Arrest in Arizona

Resisting Arrest in Arizona | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
During the chaotic moments of arrest some citizens struggle or ‘resist’ the efforts of police; however, what happens when multiple officers are involved in an arrest and the arrestee resists them all?   Do individual officers each constitute a separate charge of resisting arrest? In State v. Jurd... https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/resisting-arrest-arizona/
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Marijuana Wax: UofA - Eviction, and Criminal Charges

University of Arizona students and parents, often out-of-state, call us with urgent questions. Far too often a student has been caught in one of the dorms, typically Coronado,smoking marijuana, or lately an extract commonly known as “wax” (Butane Hash Oil). Eighteen years old, with no prior criminal record, the student is summarily booked into Pima County Jail, where he spends the night. Here’s five things you should know. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/marijuana-wax-uofa-eviction-criminal-charges/
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IRS Tax Investigations: Five Things You Should Know

IRS Tax Investigations: Five Things You Should Know | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Each year hundreds of people in Arizona, particularly small business owners, learn that they are being investigated by the IRS, sometimes for criminal matters. Here are a few things you should know, right at the beginning. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/irs-tax-investigations-five-things-know/
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When a U.S. Birth Certificate Might Not Be Enough to Prove Citizenship

When a U.S. Birth Certificate Might Not Be Enough to Prove Citizenship | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
In most cases, a U.S. birth certificate and a valid, government issued identification will be enough to prove U.S. citizenship. However, in some cases, this will be insufficient, and you may be asked to provide secondary evidence of your citizenship. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/us-birth-certificate-not-prove-citizenship/
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U.S Tourist Visa Was Denied: Nine Frequently Asked Questions

U.S Tourist Visa Was Denied: Nine Frequently Asked Questions | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
In many countries around the world, if you stand outside the U.S. Embassy long enough, you are likely to be approached by someone offering to enlighten you (for a small fortune) about the secrets to receiving a tourist visa. The reality is, there is no secret formula. Legally, a consular officer must assume that every applicant for a tourist visa intends to immigrate to the U.S. It is up to the applicant to convince them otherwise. In many countries, this is a substantial hurdle. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/tourist-visa-denied-faq/
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Arizona Court Rules that DACA Students Don’t Qualify for In-state Tuition

Arizona Court Rules that DACA Students Don’t Qualify for In-state Tuition | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
This week, in State ex rel. Brnovich v. Maricopa County Community College District Board, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that under Arizona law, students who are beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) do not qualify for in-state tuition rates at Arizona... https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/arizona-court-rules-daca-students-dont-qualify-state-tuition/
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University of Arizona Students: “Greek Life” & Criminal Charges

University of Arizona Students:  “Greek Life” & Criminal Charges | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Fraternities have made the news, in Arizona, and not lately in good ways. Rampant underage use of alcohol, dangerous and unlawful hazing, and absolute tragedies have garnered headlines, triggered arrests, and resulted in many fraternities being removed from campus, in some cases with particularly good reason. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/university-arizona-students-greek-life-criminal-charges/
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Domestic Violence Charges: What You Need to Know

Domestic Violence Charges: What You Need to Know | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
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. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/domestic-violence-charges-need-know/
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Buying Beer in the Student Union - Minor in Possession

Buying Beer in the Student Union - Minor in Possession | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
Drinking, as your parents will admit, if they’re honest, is an expected and largely tolerated part of college life. If your parents are old enough, they remember when you could buy beer in the student union—back then the drinking age was eighteen. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/buying-beer-student-union-minor-possession/
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Fakes IDs: Three Things that Might Surprise You

Fakes IDs: Three Things that Might Surprise You | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
At least two thirds of freshman use a fake ID “25 percent of the time”when they drink alcohol. Unlike your parents’ college days, however, there are at least three things chances are you didn’t know about fake IDs in 2017: https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/fakes-ids-three-things-might-surprise/
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Students: How a Small Crime Could Affect you the Rest of Your Life

Students: How a Small Crime Could Affect you the Rest of Your Life | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
This blog series, first and foremost, serves as an alert to you, a warning of sorts. Have fun, but be cautious and try to think before you act.  Most common crimes I have dealt with include marijuana possession, fake IDs, alcohol, and driving offenses such as DUI, occasionally shoplifting, and unfortunately but all too often, assault or domestic violence, which almost always involves alcohol. https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/students-small-crime-affect-rest-life/
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SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO REFERRED FOR PROSECUTION

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO REFERRED FOR PROSECUTION | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
On Friday, August 19th United States District Court Judge G. Murray Snow, Phoenix, referred for prosecution Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Captain Steve Bailey, and Attorney Michele Iafrate. Previously, Judge Snow had held Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and... https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/sheriff-joe-arpaio-refered-prosecution-immigration/
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SCOTUS:Texas’ HB2 Abortion Statute Unconstitutional

SCOTUS:Texas’ HB2 Abortion Statute Unconstitutional | Tucson DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney | Scoop.it
The Fifth Circuit, relying on Texas’ interest in “insur[ing] maximum safety” for abortive procedures upheld Texas House Bill 2 (HB2), which increased the regulations for abortion procedures and care. Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, 790 F.3d 563 (5th Cir. June 2015) (citing Roe v. Wade, 410 U.... https://www.michaelharwinlaw.com/texas-hb2-abortion-statute-unconstitutional/
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