Year: 2021

Judge Coury ruled that the section of HB 2810 which requires a defendant to be convicted before his property can be forfeited is procedural in nature and thus applies to pending cases.

November 9, 2021

Recently, in one of our pending cases, the Honorable Christopher Coury ruled that portions HB 2810, which effectively repealed Arizona’s Forfeitures laws, is retroactive. HB 2810 took effect on September 30, 2021.Under Arizona law, statutes are not retroactive unless expressly declared in a statute itself. A.R.S. § 1-244. Statutory changes in procedures may be applied to proceedings already pending, unless the statute affects or impairs…

The Time to be Grateful

December 7, 2021

THE TIME TO BE GRATEFUL  It’s that time of year again!   Amidst the hustle and bustle of working full time, decorating, wrapping, baking, traveling, and spending way too much money shopping online, I always like to pause for a moment, and reflect on the year that has gone by. COVID-19 changed all of our lives in so many ways.  I think of my brother…

Law, Order, And Giving Back With Ashley Adams

November 14, 2021

Criminal justice and the justice system are often a hot topic. Lawyers are always being asked how they can defend those who have done something wrong, and the answer isn’t always easy. But much of the time in court many underlying factors such as background aren’t considered. Today, the world is constantly changing and so is the field of criminal justice. As things evolve, the…

Apply the 4 H’s to your life in 2021!

January 14, 2021

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Civil Forfeiture Reform in Arizona Finally Becomes Reality

May 10, 2021

Civil forfeiture laws are powerful tools that allow states and the federal government to seize assets, both tainted, and untainted, without any kind of an adversarial hearing. Civil forfeiture defendants do not have the same protections that are afforded in a criminal case. They do not have the right to counsel, the presumption of innocence, nor must the state prove its claims beyond a reasonable…

Adams & Associates, PLC Hydration Donation Drive

June 11, 2021

Expunging Marijuana Convictions in Arizona

July 26, 2021

Expunging Marijuana Convictions in Arizona Not only did Proposition 207, legalize marijuana, it allows those with a qualifyingmarijuana conviction to petition the court for the expungement of their criminal record. See A.R.S. § 36-2862. The expungement portion of Prop 207 took effect this month, on July 12, 2021. Expungement is only available for three types of marijuana convictions: Possession, Consumption, or Transportation of Marijuana Those…