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How My Law Firm Started

Every law firm has a day one, a starting point. Lawyers call this moment, “hanging your shingle.” The origin of this strange phrase isn’t quite as unusual as you would think. Back in the 1800’s it was not uncommon for lawyers to use shingles as signs. A lawyer who opened a law practice would paint […]

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Judgments For Credit Card Debt In Arizona

Lawsuit and Judgment Your doorbell rings and you open the door to find a stranger with a handful of papers standing in front of you.  Next you hear the chilling words “you’ve been served”.  Nobody likes being served with a lawsuit.  It’s perfectly normal to feel panicked and worried.  If you had stopped making payments […]

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Deadly Force Law Changes in California

As a criminal defense attorney in Arizona  I’m always amazed to see the difference between the law in Arizona and California.  I simply cant imagine the governor of Arizona signing into law a similar law that went into effect in California.  In CA, governor Newsom recently signed an extremely restrictive bill which limits police use […]

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Don’t Talk

The Constitution protects people from being forced to talk.  It’s that simple. The fact that you say you want to speak with an attorney cannot be used against you. So if you are confronted by the police and they ask to speak with you, you can always simply state that you want to speak with […]

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Do I Need to File Bankruptcy due to COVID-19?

If you’re worried about debts piling up, and questioning whether you may need to file bankruptcy, you are not alone.  The Coronavirus pandemic has dramatically impacted the lives of many Arizona residents.  Here are some signs that the current economic downturn is pushing you towards bankruptcy: Your credit cards are maxed out at their current […]

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Legal Decision Making

Legal Decision Making

Navigating Custody in Arizona Custody in Arizona can be complex. It’s not as simple as which parent gets the kids. Child custody in Arizona is made up of two parts: legal decision-making authority and parenting time. In this blog post, I want to talk about what legal decision-making authority means and how parenting times works […]

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Miranda Rights

Miranda Rights

Miranda rights are one of the most important aspects of any criminal case. Under certain circumstances, if the police do not read you your rights prior to interrogation, any statement you make can be kept out of court (suppressed) – including a confession. Many clients believe their statements will automatically be suppressed if the police […]

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Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

A lot of family law clients come to me feeling discouraged about their relationship with their kids. They feel their kids have been turned against them by the other parent. They feel like their individual relationship with their kids is being undermined. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this situation a lot at the firm, especially when it […]

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Dangerous Crimes in Arizona

DANGEROUS CRIMES IN ARIZONA BY ATTORNEY NICK ALCOCK There are several types of crimes in Arizona that are grouped by classification. Some are considered domestic violence offenses or dangerous crimes against children. Some of the most serious offenses in Arizona are called dangerous offenses. If you have been charged with a dangerous offense, you have […]

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Domestic Violence - Order of Protection

Order of Protection

Order of Protection Attorney In Arizona We are focused on helping people who have suffered domestic violence. Our firm is committed to do whatever it takes to protect our clients. If you have been a victim of domestic violence within the past year, or believe you are in imminent danger of domestic violence, we can […]

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FILING BANKRUPTCY WITHOUT YOUR SPOUSE IN ARIZONA

Spouses typically apply for loans and credit cards jointly, in both of their names. This makes each of them contractually liable for the debt. But occasionally debt is taken out in only one spouse’s name during marriage. In these situations, the spouse named on the debt is contractually liable for the debt, and the other […]

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What are Bankruptcy Exemptions?

Upon filing a petition for bankruptcy relief, nearly all property owned by the debtor becomes property of the bankruptcy estate.  Exemption laws, however, carve out protections for certain property.  There are exemption laws in each state, as well as federal bankruptcy exemptions.  These laws allow debtors to retain exempt property while still receiving a discharge […]

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Why Can’t I Discharge Student Loan Debt In Bankruptcy…or Can I?

Student loans and the bankruptcy discharge share a long and complicated history.  A discharge of student loan in bankruptcy has been available since the advent of the first federally-backed loan program for students in 1958.  However, the burden a bankruptcy debtor faces in discharging student loan debt has fluctuated from non-existent to extreme over the […]

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Can I Discharge Income Taxes In Bankruptcy?

It is possible to discharge income tax obligations in bankruptcy; however, taxes must meet certain requirements to be dischargeable.  Taxes that fail to meet such requirements fall within the Bankruptcy Code’s exception to discharge, found in 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1).  While discharging income taxes can be complicated, there are three basic rules that apply: Three […]

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Why It Is Important to You That Our AVVO Rating is Excellent

If you are looking for a criminal defense, DUI, auto injury, or immigration attorney you will quickly realize that there are many from which to choose.  How do you know which is best, who has experience actually winning cases, and who will give you the best legal representation possible?  One way to know your attorney […]

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Know Your Rights: When Is It Legal for Police to Frisk?

Any time you are detained by police it can be a very frightening and intimidating time.  Police will often ask or command you to do certain things but it can be confusing to know what your rights are and whether or not you actually have to do everything that they are saying.  One thing many […]

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Understanding Your Arizona Forgery Case

When you think of forgery you might immediately think of checks but a forgery charge in Arizona encompasses more than just forged checks.  While check forgery is the most common type of forgery, any document that has falsified or altered information for the purpose of deceiving others is considered forgery.  This means that a fake […]

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What You Need to Know About Your Weapons Charge in Arizona

In the state of Arizona, there are many ways that you can legally carry a firearm.  But, there are also many ways that you can be charged with misconduct involving weapons.  Many people assume that a weapons charge just involves someone that does not have a permit to carry a gun, or someone that discharges […]

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Injured in a Rideshare in Arizona?  Now What?!  Hire an Attorney!

In today’s modern world, most people have used a rideshare app or service such as Uber or Left at some point.  And, for many people, it is used daily.  While it is convenient to take advantage of rideshare apps and services, it does not reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident.  If […]

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Arrested for Marijuana Possession – Will I Go to Court?

When it comes to marijuana possession, every state has different laws.  In some states it is completely decriminalized which means you can possess marijuana legally – with or without a medical marijuana card.  But, in the state of Arizona it is still a felony, even if you only have a small amount, unless you have […]

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What is the Difference Between Drug Possession and Drug Transportation & Sale?

Arizona law enforcement takes drug possession and drug transportation and sale very seriously.  Drugs flow rapidly over the border into Arizona so Arizona law is particularly harsh on drug transportation and sale which is why it is important to understand the difference between drug possession and drug transportation and sale.  If you are arrested and […]

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What to Expect From Your Arizona Attorney Free Consultation

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime of any kind it is always a good idea to hire an attorney.  So often we hear people say that they cannot afford an attorney or they just don’t think their case is serious enough for an attorney – they assume they can handle a […]

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Phoenix Attorney Nick Alcock Discusses: Employee at Phoenix migrant children’s shelter charged with sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl

By Phoenix Attorney Nick Alcock Much has been discussed about the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border.  But as an immigration attorney, I know that the detention facilities and shelters are not 100% safe for the migrant population.  We have had many clients assaulted or otherwise harmed while in detention facilities.  Obviously […]

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As Your Arizona Automobile Accident Attorney We Prioritize Your Rights

Auto accidents happen at an alarming rate all across the country.  The Association for Safe International Road Travel notes that, in the United States alone, “Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year. An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled. Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 […]

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What Happens in Weapons Charges Cases

The right to carry arms is a right that is legally protected under federal law but that does not mean that you cannot be accused of weapons charges or have your right to carry weapons revoked.  Misconduct involving weapons is a wide umbrella charge and that means that a person can be charged with it for […]

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Understanding Burglary Charge in Arizona

When it comes to burglary charges in Arizona, there are three types.  While a simple burglary charge does not hold significant penalties, there are certain factors that can influence your burglary charges and make them more serious which means they carry more significant penalties.  It is important to understand what factors can influence your burglary […]

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How to Pursue a Wrongful Death Case in Arizona

What is “Wrongful Death”? If you or a loved one has experienced a loss as the result of negligence, you may be frustrated, heartbroken, and wondering what options you have.  Unfortunately, death is not always an “act of God” or just “someone’s time to go.”  If someone has been negligent and it resulted in the […]

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Understanding Arizona Attorney Fees

Anyone that is in need of legal representation would love to hire the best and most experienced lawyer.  But, many people are hesitant to hire an attorney because they fear they will not be able to afford the fees.  And, while this may be true of some Arizona attorneys, it is not true for all.  […]

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Arizona Attorneys with a Mission

Serving the needs and vigorously representing the interest of local residents is something Alcock & Associates, an Arizona legal practice, is very proud to do exceptionally well.  It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing to speak with customers who have had negative experiences consulting with other attorneys.  We often hear stories about poor treatment or exorbitantly […]

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Alcock and Associates Charitable Work – Arizona Attorneys Who Care

Alcock Law, an Arizona legal practice, is proud to participate in charitable work on regular basis.  While our ‘day job’ may be assisting clients with their legal needs, partnering with various charitable organizations is simply a part of our DNA as a legal practice.  We believe that giving back to our community is incredibly important […]

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Why You Should Hire Arizona Attorneys Alcock Law By the Numbers

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney.  If you are facing deportation or need assistance with your immigration case, you need a knowledgeable immigration lawyer.  If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you need an excellent personal injury attorney.  […]

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DACA – What to Know & Obtaining Legal Representation

DACA aka Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA is a program introduced under President Obama, has recently become a hot topic in the news.  Under President Trump’s new administration, he has promised to be tough on immigration but has also said he has a “soft spot” for DACA cardholders.  DACA was introduced to protect illegal […]

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Juvenile Crime: What to Know if Your Child Has Been Arrested

No parent wants to learn that their child has been arrested.  But, unfortunately, it happens every day.  If your child has been arrested for a juvenile crime, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away.  When a parent hears that their child has been arrested they immediately experience a wide array of […]

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“I’ve Been Arrested for Theft – What Now?”

So you have been charged with theft – what now? “What now” is often the first thought of anyone charged with a crime.  If you have been arrest and charged with theft, you are either charged with misdemeanor theft or felony theft.  What elevates it to a felony is the value of what has been stolen.  […]

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What is “Bad Faith Insurance”?

Have you submitted a legitimate claim to your insurance company, only to have it denied?  Are you left scratching your head, frustrated, wondering why they denied your legitimate claim and what you should do next? If so, you may have been the victim of bad faith insurance.  When you submit an insurance claim to your […]

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3 Things to Know About Obtaining a U-Visa

For immigrants that have temporary status or are illegally in the country, fear of deportation is likely a significant concern.  There are many different types of visas for foreign citizens and the path to remaining in the United States will be different for everyone.  For immigrants that have been the victim of a crime, they […]

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3 Reasons to Hire a Lawyer Immediately After Drug Arrest

When you find yourself under arrest for a drug charge, it is often frightening and confusing.  Many people do not know what they can or should say to police officers or what their rights are in general.  According to the Washington Post, someone is arrested every 25 seconds for drug use.  That startling statistic means […]

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What to Do (and What Not to Do) If You Are Arrested for Shoplifting

1 in 11 Americans have shoplifted at some point and, according to New York Magazine, 1 in 48 get caught.  Of those 1 in 48 that are caught, about 50% of them get turned into the police.  If you are like so many Americans and have been arrested for shoplifting, you need to know what […]

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Boating Injuries – When Fun Turns to Danger

Boating can be exciting, fun, relaxing, peaceful and many other things.  But, practicing boat safety is always important – no matter what kind of boat you are on or what your plans are for while you are on the water.  Unfortunately, boating accidents happen all the time and often someone suffers a boat injury as a […]

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Get Help From An Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle drivers can operate with the best safety practices and, unfortunately, they are still far more likely to be involved in an accident than other vehicles on the road.  The trouble is, if a motorcycle accident occurs, they are also more likely to suffer an injury or death since they do not have a vehicle […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Arrested for Assault

No one plans on being arrested for assault but, unfortunately, things happen and assault arrests get made on daily basis.  There are a variety of different assault charges in Arizona, both misdemeanor and felony.  Because each arrest could result in a variety of sentences and consequences including probation, fines and jail time, it is important […]

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Injured in a Trucking Accident? We Will Fight For Your Rights!

A trucking accident is frightening for many reasons.  These large commercial vehicles are significantly larger and weigh quite a bit more than the average passenger vehicle on the road.  Additionally, it takes much more distance for a commercial truck to stop than a passenger vehicle.  And, if a truck hits a passenger vehicle, it almost always […]

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What You Need to Know About Applying for the I-601A Waiver

Immigration law is incredibly complicated and, in the current political climate, very tricky to navigate.  There are many different avenues to legal immigration status depending on each individual’s unique circumstances.  Certain individuals may be inadmissible for immigration for some reasons that could ultimately be waived if approved.  The waiver, known as the I-601A Waiver, has […]

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Alcock law is Brand New!

Thanks for everyone for all of your help!

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Pilot Dies During Flight

Worst case scenario happened where a pilot died during a passenger flight in the United States. An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston never made it as the flight was sent to New York.   Unfortunately, the pilot became ill and later died at the hospital. Our condolences go out to the pilots family. 

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Suspect in freeway shooting case had methamphetamines 

The freeway shooting cases continue to get stranger and more complicated.  How many copycats were out there.  police that people were following him, according to court documents released Monday. Christopher Joel Hoffman, 36, likely is not the perpetrator of the string of freeway shooting cases, but he did allegedly pull alongside another vehicle and shoot […]

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Alcock and Associates Welcomes Attorney Benjamin Padgett

The attorneys at Alcock & Associates, P.C. are happy to have the latest addition to their team, counselor Benjamin Padgett. Mr. Padgett brings a wealth of talents and skills to the City of Phoenix Municipal court. He will be assisting our clients who have a variety of Misdemeanor DUI, domestic violence, assault, shoplifting and other […]

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Attorney Gabe Hassen wins another case for the firm!

Thanks to attorney Gabe Hassen for another great result.  Our attorney recently won a misdemeanor assault case and got to share the news with the firm upon his return to the office.  Great job Gabe! Our attorneys are proud of you!!!

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Alcock and Associates welcomes attorney Ravindar Arora

The Law offices of Alcock & Associates, P.C. is proud to announce the hiring of attorney Ravindar Arora.  We look forward to working with Mr. Arora as he helps us grow our immigration department.  With his years of experience and compassionate personality, we know he will be a tremendous asset to our clients and associates. […]

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Attorneys Joy Riddle/Stephen Johnson Win Felony Jury Trial

Congrats to Joy and Stephen on their outstanding win on their aggravated assault felony trial.  The pair worked very hard and got their not guilty through hard work and persistence. Everyone at the firm is excited and proud of them!

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Attorney Cody Fullmer Wins 42B Cancellation of Removal Cases

Congrats are due to Alcock & Associates attorney Cody Fullmer.  Mr. Fullmer recently has successfully handed a wide range of cancellation of removal (deportation) cases for the firm.  His skill and expertise has allowed many clients to stay in the United States with their families.  Great job!!

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Attorney Mike Lee Wins Felony Trial

Congratulations to Alcock & Associates criminal defense attorney Mike Lee who just won a felony burglary trial in Phoenix. It was a monumental task and he pulled it off with style. After deliberating for only a brief period of time, the jury panel came back with the verdict of NOT GUILTY!!

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Obama speaks at Dallas Police Memorial and Calls for Change

Obama spoke at a memorial this morning for the five Dallas Police Officers who were gunned down last week during a protest against police brutality. During his speech, Obama honored the fallen men and their fellow officers for their efforts in protecting the people in their community during the protest. According to CNN reports, Obama […]

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National Holiday Celebration in Nice, France results in Tragic Events

In the city of Nice, France, 60 people are dead and 100 are left injured after a truck powered through a crowd of people enjoying the festivities for Bastille Day. The Washington Times reports that the man responsible was shot during a gunfight but a second shooter escaped from the scene. There were also attacks […]

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Attorney Nick Alcock celebrates years serving the community!

How time flies!  Years ago Phoenix attorney Nick Alcock started his law practice with no employees and no associates.  Now, 20 years after receiving his license to practice law, Alcock & Associates, P.C. has grown to more than 60 employees with two locations.  Nick is proud to have represented many thousands of clients with criminal […]

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PROBATION VIOLATION ATTORNEY IN ARIZONA

Attorney Nick Alcock discusses what can lead to a probation violation It is often the case that when someone is convicted of a crime, rather than sentence you to a jail sentence the judge will instead put you on probation, which is essentially the suspension of a jail sentence. If this is the case, consider […]

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SIX ARRESTED IN PHOENIX FOR ANTI-SHERIFF JOE ROADBLOCK

Six Arrested at Roadblock in Phoenix Demonstrating Against Arizona’s Immigration Policies Six Arrested at Anti Sherrif Joe Roadblock ProtestImmigration lawyers and advocates are confounded as Phoenix police arrested six protesters at a rally against Maricopa County Sherrif Joe Arpaio’s immigration stance. Among the six arrested were high school and college students local to the Phoenix […]

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ANOTHER PHOENIX INMATE DIES IN MCSO CUSTODY

Just one week ago the family of 44-year-old Ernesto “Marty” Atencio filed a $20 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, the Sheriff’s Office and the county agency responsible for administering jail health care. Yesterday, yet another inmate inexplicably died behind bars at the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix following […]

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$20M CLAIM ALLEGES EXCESSIVE FORCE IN ARIZONA INMATE’S DEATH

Posted by Phoenix Homicide Attorney Nick Alcock: The family of the man who died in December following an altercation with police and detention officers in a Maricopa County Jail has filed a $20 million notice of claim against the City of Phoenix, the Sheriff’s Office and the county agency responsible for health care in the […]

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ARIZONA METAL THEFT CRIMES DRAW POLICE ATTENTION ACROSS VALLEY

Posted by Phoenix Theft Crimes Attorney Nick Alcock: There is a criminal epidemic currently sweeping the Valley and police are not taking it lightly. Metal thieves in the greater Phoenix area are swiping copper pipes, copper wiring, air conditioning units, backflow valves, or anything else with scrap value. These crimes are leaving victims with thousands […]

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CHANDLER JUDGE PUBLICLY CENSURED FOR MISCONDUCT

The Arizona Supreme Court has publicly censured a Chandler Municipal Court pro tem judge for misconduct in office. The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct said Monday that Judge Caryl Parker had conducted improper ex parte communications. The Commission claims Parker spoke privately about a dispute with one party without the other party present. The judge […]

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ARIZONA PRISONS STRUGGLE MIGHTILY WITH DRUG INFILTRATION

Posted by Phoenix Drug Crimes Attorney Nick Alcock: Arizona is looking more and more like the Mexican drug cartels’ gateway to the American southwest. The presence of illegal drugs inside what are supposed to be the most secure buildings in the state has led to the deaths of at least seven inmates from overdoses, all […]

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CALIFORNIA ENACTS OWN VERSION OF DREAM ACT

Posted by: Arizona Immigration Lawyers and Attorneys at Alcock & Associates Many thanks to our immigration intern, Joshua Morris, for his hard work and research on this recently enacted law and its impact on immigration reform on a state and nation-wide level. California Dream Act California Assembly Bill No. 130 (“AB 130”) was approved Monday, […]

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NICK ALCOCK EXPLAINS HOW CASES IN SUPERIOR COURT ARE HANDLED

Posted by: Arizona Criminal Defense Attorneys   Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Nick Alcock believes that a little bit of knowledge can help reduce a lot of stress when it comes to criminal charges. Facing felony charges in Superior Court can be frustrating and very confusing. Long lines, long wait times and few answers seem to […]

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NICK ALCOCK: THE ROLE MENTAL HEALTH PLAYS IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Posted by: Criminal Attorneys at Alcock & Associates Criminal Defense Lawyer Nick Alcock has represented thousands of people charged with criminal offenses throughout Arizona. He says, “One constant issue is the mental health of my clients. I have seen virtually every psychiatric condition, and I have seen how the criminal system struggles with their treatment. […]

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A GREAT ARGUMENT AGAINST HGN–KNOWN AS THE “PEN TEST”

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona DUI Attorneys DUI lawyers have to contend with all manner of scientific evidence when defending drunk-driving cases. Juries hear from experts that the field sobriety tests the police conduct are valid and accepted. Except upon close examination, most of the field sobriety DUI tests have an accuracy rate only slightly better […]

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NICK ALCOCK COMMENTS ON PLEA OFFER POLICIES IN MARICOPA

Posted by: Criminal Defense Attorneys at Alcock & Associates Criminal Defense lawyer Nick Alcock knows that getting a lenient plea offer from the Maricopa County Attorneys Office is no easy task. Over the years, plea offers have gotten more and more strict. Problem is, people get quite confused about how plea offers are made and […]

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PHOENIX ACCIDENT ATTORNEY DISCUSSES GIVING RECORDED STATEMENTS

Phoenix Accident Attorney Nick Alcock has some concrete advice for those about to give a recorded statement to an insurance company. Recorded statements are usually telephone interviews conducted by the insurance company after a car crash. Insurance adjusters look to see if there are any issues in the crash that can allow them to deny […]

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CHANDLER KARATE INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION

A Valley karate instructor is now behind bars accused of child molestation and police are reporting this isn’t the first time he’s been under investigation for the same charge. Scott Alan Flood, 47, of Chandler, commonly referred to by his young students as “Karate Scott” is currently being held at the Maricopa County Jail on […]

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PHOENIX POLICE: IMPAIRMENT A FACTOR IN SUNDAY’S FATAL CRASH

A 25-year-old man, identified as Osvaldo Ayala, was fatally injured in a car crash that took place on West Indian School Road early Sunday morning, Phoenix police said. The accident also left five others injured, however Ayala was the only fatality. Phoenix police are now confirming that impairment was indeed a factor in the crash. […]

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ARIZONA MAN SURVIVES BEING DUMPED IN DESERT AFTER ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING

Posted by Phoenix Armed Robbery Defense Lawyer Nick Alcock: Three men are now in custody after two of them forced a 25-year-old man to withdraw money from an ATM before leaving him bound in the desert. Phoenix police said Michael Luna, 22, and Baron Quezada, 21, approached the victim as he was exiting his truck […]

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EDMONTON OILERS GOALIE, AND ARIZONA RESIDENT, TO SERVE 30 DAY JAIL TERM IN PHOENIX

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers and DUI Attorneys Original article source: PHOENIX – Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on Tuesday withdrew an appeal to his extreme drunken-driving conviction, accepting a 30-day jail sentence. Khabibulin had appealed the jail term after being sentenced back in August of last year. But his Phoenix lawyer, Mark […]

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SERIOUS IDENTITY QUESTIONS RAISED IN ALLEGED MEXICAN DRUG LORD’S CAPTURE

The Mexican navy had been working months with U.S. intelligence so when they recently believed they had finally nabbed their target in a known narco-haven in suburban Guadalajara they were understandably thrilled. The Mexican navy presented a man they identified as Alfredo Guzman Salazar, saying he is believed to be the son of Sinaloa Cartel […]

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VIRGINIA MAN EXTRADITED BACK TO ARIZONA TO FACE SEX CASE CHARGES

Posted by Phoenix Sex Crimes Attorney Nick Alcock: Arizona authorities are accusing a Virginia man of allegedly attempting to have an electronic sexual relationship with what he thought was a teen girl. But Phoenix Police Detectives say the suspect was actually unwittingly communicating with a task force member. 43-year-old Daniel J. Courtney has been extradited […]

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COMPUTERS TO HELP LIMIT SALE OF METH INGREDIENTS IN ARIZONA

Posted by Phoenix Methamphetamine Attorney Nick Alcock: Arizona law-enforcement officials have long known that small-time manufacturers of methamphetamine can easily get their raw materials in the aisles of a typical pharmacy. As a result, their fight against the drug’s spread has included limiting large or repeated purchases of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines containing ephedrine […]

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ARIZONA RESIDENT AND ‘DREAMER’ FEATURED IN TIME MAGAZINE

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: The story behind the cover article featured in the current edition of Time Magazine is in large part due to the remarkable and tireless efforts of a young Arizona resident named Erika Andiola. This is a story that had been brewing long before President Barack Obama’s announcement of […]

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ROBBERY ATTORNEY IN ARIZONA

Defense Attorney Nick Alcock discusses what are the Different Types of Robbery Crimes in Arizona A person commits robbery in Arizona if in the course of taking any property of another from his person or immediate presence and against his will, such person threatens or uses force against any person with intent either to coerce […]

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RECENTLY ENACTED ARIZONA FIREARMS LAWS

Catalina, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The 2011 Legislative session started on January 10th and ended on April 20th. With pro-rights majorities in both chambers and a Governor that signed Constitutional Carry into law in 2010, the passage of pro-rights legislation looked encouraging. Four bills, three in the House and one in the Senate, were filed early that […]

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CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS AND LAW FIRMS: 5 REALLY DIFFICULT (NOT EASY) TIPS

Continuous Improvement Process and Law Firms Posted by Nick Alcock, Attorney at Law January 9, 2012 In World War II only one P-35 pilot ever shot down a Japanese Zero. The pilot, Lamar Gillett, also survived the Bataan death march and three years of subsequent slave labor. His enduring quote, “It’s better to be lucky […]

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SB 1070 OPPONENTS PREPARED TO SPEND MILLIONS TO CONTINUE FIGHT

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: Monday’s high court ruling on SB 1070 appears to be just another step in a fight that will likely continue for years. Merely a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released its highly anticipated decision on the controversial and hotly debated Arizona immigration law, opponents of SB […]

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HUSBAND OF FORMER BUSH CABINET MEMBER ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX CHARGES

Posted by Phoenix Sex Crimes Attorney Nick Alcock: Officials confirmed that Terry Peters of Peoria, the husband of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl and booked into Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix. Peters, 67, was arrested on Saturday after Maricopa County police spent a […]

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METHAMPHETAMINE LAWYER IN ARIZONA

Attorney Nick Alcock discusses what you should know about Arizona’s zero tolerance Meth for sale policy. Any drug charge is, of course, a very serious matter in Arizona. But drug charges involving methamphetamine are particularly severe in the state of Arizona. Fortunately, Arizona has more liberal policies regarding the simple possession of methamphetamine. However, when […]

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SUPREME COURTS NEW PLEA BARGAIN STANDARDS

Criminal Defense Attorney: Supreme Court Lays Out New Plea Bargain Standards Supreme Court This Wednesday a divided bench issued new standards for plea bargains in criminal cases, saying that criminal defense attorneys need to competently advise and inform clients of prosecution’s offers for less jail time for convictions and guilty plea bargain offers. Justice Antonin […]

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ATTORNEY NICK ALCOCK RECEIVES A PAPER DRAGON FROM QU YAN ZHI, A STUDENT AT INGLESIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Attorney Nick Alcock receives a paper dragon from Qu Yan Zhi, a student at Ingleside Middle School. Alcock gave a speech to the students, informing them of his scholarship program “Dream Big”. He also shared with the class his experiences as an attorney, and how to avoid common mistakes that young people make. The speech […]

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WHAT IT MEANS IF YOUR CASE IS ‘SCRATCHED’

Posted by: Defense lawyers at Alcock & Associates Phoenix criminal defense attorney Nick Alcock often fields the question, “What does it mean that my felony case was scratched?”   There are a number things that can happen when you are charged with a felony. First, unlike a lower level misdemeanor offense, prosecutors have years to […]

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LAW FIRM ANNOUNCES ‘TEXT AN ATTORNEY’ FEATURE ON WEBSITE

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense and DUI Attorneys   DUI Law Firm Alcock & Associates will be offering a free text service for anyone interested in obtaining answers to their questions about DUI in Arizona. Text your questions to 602-568-2000 and have an attorney respond to any concerns you have about DUI. Many people […]

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U.S. TO OFFER TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS TO SYRIANS

Immigration Attorney: U.S. to Offer Temporary Protected Status to Syrians US to Offer TPS for Syrian Nationals Immigration attorneys have good news for Syrian clients either in deportation or removal proceedings with fear of returning to their homeland given the current climate in Syria at the time being- they don’t have to. At least for […]

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ATTORNEY JOBS: 5 TIPS TO LAND THAT ELUSIVE ASSOCIATE POSITION.

Phoenix Attorney Jobs: 5 tips to get hired now. Nicholas Alcock, Attorney at Law January 9, 2012 Every day I get a resume from a law school student. I think that career services gives them all the same letter and they copy/paste it onto their home address letterhead. It reads, in part, “I look forward […]

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MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF LAUNCHES NEW TRANSPORT PROGRAM

Beginning Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will be trying out a new pilot program to reduce the time deputies spend transporting inmates before booking them into jail. Sheriff Joe Arpaio hopes that this program will cut down on the time officers spend away from their primary duties, keeping them more readily available to patrol […]

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VALLEY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

A Phoenix school bus driver for the Deer Valley Unified School District is in jail, along with his wife, after some disturbing accusations against them. Brian DiCamillo is accused of child molestation, child pornography and child prostitution. His wife, Jennifer DiCamillo, is accused of knowing about at least some of those crimes and not reporting […]

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ARIZONA EXECUTES INMATE IN NEW PROCESS THAT ALLOWS WITNESSES TO SEE MORE OF LETHAL INJECTION

Witnesses were able to see prison officials inject a lethal drug into a condemned inmate for the first time in Arizona history Wednesday, when the state executed its fourth prisoner of the year. With about ten of the victim’s family members present, forty-nine-year-old Samuel Villegas Lopez was executed at the state prison in Florence, three […]

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HOW WILL POLICE ENFORCE THE ONE SB-1070 PROVISION STILL STANDING?

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: One of the big questions remaining in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 is how police agencies across the state will enforce the one section of the law that was upheld. While the high court struck down most of the law, one critical […]

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GABRIELLE GIFFORDS RESIGNS

Representative Gabrielle Giffords was escorted to by her friend and fellow representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz to the House of Representatives. There, she delivered her formal resignation to Speaker John Boehner. It isn’t often that we see any type of unity in the House of Representatives, but it was good to see that the political sides […]

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POLICE CAN’T USE GPS DEVICES WITHOUT A WARRANT

Criminal Defense Attorneys breathed a sigh of relief today. The US Supreme Court has now made it official. Cops can’t place a black box on the back of a suspects car without a warrant. This tactic was gaining popularity among the police. Due to rapid changes in technology, GPS devices have gotten incredibly cheap and […]

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NFL STAR BEGINS LEGAL DEFENSE TO CLEAR HIS NAME

A lawyer says the Class A misdemeanor facing his star client never should have happened. He claims the Minnesota Vikings tailback did not resist arrest and was struck by police for “no legitimate reason” during his weekend arrest. While that remains to be seen, Adrian Peterson was in fact arrested in Houston over the weekend […]

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SIX-MONTH CARTEL INVESTIGATION ENDS WITH SUCCESSFUL DRUG BUST IN TEMP

Posted by Phoenix Drug Crimes Attorney Nick Alcock: Tempe police, together with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Arizona Attorney General’s office, dismantled an elaborate drug trafficking cell linked to the highly dangerous and often deadly Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico. The Sinaloa Cartel is a drug trafficking criminal organization based out of Mexico headed byLeonel […]

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U.S. CONFRONTED WITH BAFFLING INCREASE IN BATH SALTS EPIDEMIC

Posted by Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Nick Alcock: In the wake of a grisly attack in Miami in which an assailant chewed off a large portion of a homeless man’s face while allegedly high on a drug known as “bath salts,” authorities nationwide are now viewing the drug as an increasing health and security concern. […]

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RACIAL PROFILING LAWSUIT TO PROCEED AGAINST SHERIFF ARPAIO

The ethnic profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is officially set to begin in a few weeks. The trial was nearly jeopardized when questions arose as to whether or not U.S. District Judge Murray Snow should stay on the case. Had he not rejected handing the matter to another judge, the trial most […]

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ARIZONA ARSON DEFENDANT COLLAPSES, DIES SHORTLY AFTER HEARING GUILTY VERDICT

A Paradise Valley man convicted of deliberately burning down his $3.5 million Biltmore Estates mansion in 2009 collapsed in the courtroom just moments after the verdict was read. Video from inside the Phoenix courtroom showed 53-year-old Michael Marin having some type of medical episode shortly after the verdict was read. With the jury already cleared […]

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NICK ALCOCK COMMENTS ON THE CORONADO SUICIDE INVESTIGATION

Criminal defense lawyer Nick Alcock has been following the police investigation of the deaths of two people in Coronado, California. Several weeks ago, Max Shacknai, the son of a successful pharmaceutical businessman fell to his death on the stairway of their Coronado, California mansion. The father, Dr. Jonah Shacknai, is a Phoenix resident. Days later, […]

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ATTORNEYS DEFEND MAN FOR PIGEON FEEDING. KEEP READING.

Attorneys are busily defending a California man for feeding pigeons. The problem is that the flock happens to live right at the end of an airport runway. Charles Douglas has pleaded not guilty to this alleged pigeon feeding. He was under an existing court order to abstain from feeding the birds. Apparently he can’t help […]

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ATTORNEYS SAYS LINK THE PV FIRE AND OTHER ARSON CASE

Attorney Nick Alcock on the Shapiro case in Arizona This case just gets more gruesome every day. Phoenix attorneys are now reporting that there is a definite connection between the horrible deaths of Paradise Valley residents and another murder/arson case. Prosecutors are saying that the connection extends to property controlled by Brittany Beinhauer. Apparently, she […]

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ATTORNEYS FOR BREWER FILE BRIEF WITH SUPREME COURT

Attorneys for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in her appeal of a ruling that blocked enforcement of the most controversial portions of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. Governor Brewer’s attorneys are asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocked sections of S.B. 1070 from coming into […]

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ATTORNEYS OVERTURN SCOTTSDALE ALCOHOL ORDINANCE

Attorneys representing John Price have successfully overturned a Scottsdale ordinance that bans public drunkards from wandering the streets. Judge James Blake, in a well-reasoned opinion, held that the city had no legal grounds to enforce their law. It is strange to think that the State of Arizona prohibits cities from enacting legislation that bans public […]

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JERICE HUNTER’S ATTORNEY: WHY THE DELAY?

Hunter’s attorney wants to know why it took so long to search for the body of Jhessye Shockley Authorities in Phoenix have begun to search a landfill for the body of missing Jhessye Shockley. The police sure have waited a long time. Instead of looking though a mound of trash, now they have to sift […]

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WHAT THE SUPER BOWL CAN TEACH AN ATTORNEY

Attorneys Learn Lessons from Sports As a trial attorney, I know that things can change quickly in the courtroom. It took me some time to get used to the idea that there is no such thing as a perfect opening statement, witness, or closing argument. I hate to draw analogies from sports due to the […]

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ATTORNEYS: HOW TO HIRE THE RIGHT ONE

Three tips on finding the right attorney in Phoenix I’m happy to say that at this point in my life, I don’t need to hire an attorney. The prospect of trying to find the right one is very intimidating and frustrating. I generally would be concerned that the lawyer would charge me too much and […]

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CLEVER FBI PLOY LINKS BOXER’S BLOODY DNA SAMPLE TO BANK ROBBERY AFTER FIGHT

Posted by Phoenix Armed Robbery Attorney Nick Alcock: Thanks to a bloody nose and a resourceful FBI agent a boxer could be facing jail time following his most recent boxing match. Martin Tucker, a light welterweight, won his last boxing match, but a bloody cotton swab discarded at the ring was picked up by undercover […]

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ELABORATE U.S.-MEXICO DRUG TUNNELS INDICATE STRONG METH TIES

Posted by Phoenix Methamphetamine Attorney Nick Alcock: For more than six months, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration have been closely monitoring an industrial area on the outskirts of San Luis, a border town in the southwestern corner of Arizona near Yuma. The agents suspected it was being used to stash drugs smuggled across […]

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NORWEGIAN TERROR SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT

This article is a great piece addressing the horrendous shootings/car bombing over the weekend in Norway. The anti-Islamist, rejection of multiculturalism endorsed by the suspect is intriguing, making me wonder whether we are getting to a point where intolerance of other cultures is going to continually perpetuate violent acts, or we can come together and […]

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ALCOCK & ASSOCIATES. A LAW FIRM YOU CAN AFFORD.

Our firm believes that everyone should be able to afford quality legal representation. We offer discounted fees for accident cases where we only get paid if we win your case. For Criminal and DUI cases we offer truly affordable fees with payment plans. We never perform credit checks. Your handshake is enough for us.

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PHOENIX ATTORNEYS SPONSOR ESPERANZA HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TEAM

We are very proud to sponsor Esperanza High School’s Soccer team this season. We look forward to seeing the young men succeed and win. By Attorney Nick Alcock

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A JUDGE SUSPENDS A SENTENCE?

Posted by Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Nick Alcock: Perhaps you’ve heard the term “suspended sentence” a few times. You may even be curious about what that actually means. Suspending a sentence essentially means the jail or prison term is stopped. The defendant will not be incarcerated right away. While sentencing laws do vary depending on […]

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WAS A BLIND NATIVE AMERICAN MAN THE VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME DURING HIS OWN SURGERY?

Posted by Personal Injury Attorney Nick Alcock: Last year, 69-year-old Vern Traversie checked into a South Dakota hospital for double-bypass heart surgery. When he emerged, people quickly pointed out to him that doctors had allegedly left him with a scar that spelled out KKK. Traversie, a blind Native American man, is now claiming that hospital […]

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LATINO LEADERS IN ARPAIO TRIAL ARGUE RACIAL PROFILING HAS BEEN SHERIFF’S POLICY ALL ALONG

A group of Latinos is arguing in federal court that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies carried out ethnic profiling as part of policy of discrimination. The civil lawsuit involving Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, has put his anti-illegal immigration patrols on center stage. A lawyer for plaintiffs who argue they were victims of […]

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SUSPECT IN TUCSON MASSACRE TO ACCEPT PLEA DEAL?

It appears the young man who went on a killing spree in Tucson last year now wants to plead guilty for his actions. A federal judge handling the case has scheduled a status conference for this Tuesday during which Jared Loughner will have the opportunity to enter a guilty plea to both murder and attempted […]

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TOP 5 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WITH AUTO ACCIDENT CLAIMS

Phoenix personal injury attorney Nick Alcock lists the top five mistakes that people make when handling automobile accident insurance claims. /EINPresswire.com/We’ve all seen the insurance ads where wrecked cars get magically fixed. Unfortunately, some insurance companies don’t work as quickly or effectively as you would hope. The claim process can be absolutely exhausting. For years, […]

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LATEST TROUBLE IN CAMELOT, KERRY KENNEDY ARRESTED July 14, 2012Legal BlogNick Alcock

Posted by Phoenix DUI Attorney Nick Alcock: Camelot clan member Kerry Kennedy, a human rights activist and the ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired by drugs. Kennedy was discovered around 8 a.m. Friday morning by state police after the car she was driving collided with a […]

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DARIUS AMIRI ON IMPORTANCE OF CLIENT COMMUNICATION

Practicing immigration defense in Arizona, the state with nation’s second heaviest immigration caseload (behind Texas), attorney Darius Amiri spends alot of his time in the courtroom. When he is out of court, he can often be found in his office at the law firm of Alcock & Associates in downtown Phoenix. When not litigating or […]

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COMEDIC ACTOR FRED WILLARD ARRESTED AT XXX MOVIE THEATER FOR LEWD CONDUCT

Posted by Phoenix Disorderly Conduct Attorney Nick Alcock: In a relatable move that would make Pee Wee Herman proud, actor and comedian Fred Willard was arrested at a seedy Hollywood adult movie theater called the Tiki Theater for lewd conduct. I’m sure you recall Herman’s (real name Paul Reubens) infamous brush with the law for […]

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ATTORNEYS AT ALCOCK AND ASSOCIATES LAUNCH CORAZON DE HISPANO PROGRAM

I’m very excited to formally announce our TV show, “Corazon de Hispano.” For years we have quietly donated hundreds of thousands of meals to people living in poverty. Now we have a great platform to present to the public our volunteer and charitable work. I recently went to Nicaragua where I sponsored a medical mission. […]

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THEFT LAW IN ARIZONA: TIPS BY ATTORNEY NICK ALCOCK

Attorney Nick Alcock discusses defending yourself against theft charges in AZ Theft in Arizona is governed by Arizona Revised Statute Section 13-1802. Theft charges can range from something relatively minor like a teen caught shoplifting a pack of cigarettes to major white-collar crimes like insurance fraud or embezzlement. The one thing all types of theft […]

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EX RUTGERS STUDENT FOUND GUILTY IN BIZARRE CASE

Posted by criminal defense attorney Nick Alcock A jury just found Dharun Ravi guilty of all 15 counts against him in the webcam spying case of his former roommate. His former roommate committed suicide after learning that his liaison with another man was video recorded by Ravi. As expected, Ravi was found guilty of invasion […]

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ATTORNEY OFF TO NICARAGUA

Attorney Nick Alcock off to Nicaragua Tomorrow I leave for Managua. This should be a very interesting experience. I have my scrubs and am ready to follow the instructions of Dr. Nick Retson. He and his team will perform 50 or 60 surgeries to correct cleft palates on little children. I want to thank the […]

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ATTORNEYS GAIN PERSPECTIVE BY GIVING

Posted By Attorneys Nick Alcock and Gabriel Sayavedra Last weekend I had an interesting experience. Saturday I went shopping for furniture and clothing. Sunday, I went with attorney Gabriel Sayavedra and Sandra Williams to two different households to distribute the items. As an attorney, it is easy to lose perspective. We sit in our offices […]

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FORMER SHERIFF WANTS FULL INVESTIGATION OF PAUL BABEU

Babeu’s Attorneys Have Some Explaining to DO Roger Vanderpool, a retired Department of Public Safety officer and former Pinal County Sheriff is asking for a full-blown investigation of the current embattled sheriff. Mr. Vanderpool suggests that a full investigation is necessary due to the fact that the scandal surrounding Paul Babeu is ongoing and distracting. […]

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LA COUNTY TO CHARGE $1000 FOR THROWING A FRISBEE ON THE BEACH: ATTORNEYS NEED TO SUE!

Posted by attorney Nick Alcock OK, this story is ridiculous. LA county has approved plans to fine people $1000 for throwing a frisbee or football on the beach. You also can’t dig a hole deeper than 18 inches. Some attorney needs to sue. Now. This is a bridge too far. The whole point of going […]

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Kiowa Gordon, Twilight Actor, Arrested in Arizona

Posted by: Arizona Criminal Attorneys at Alcock & Associates Original article source: http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/10/twilight-actor-kiowa-gordon-arrested-drunk-driving-werewolf-mesa-arizona-maricopa-county-dui-drugs-alcohol/ TMZ reports that “Actor Kiowa Gordon who plays shapeshifting werewolf Embry Call in the “Twilight” movies was arrested in Tempe, Arizona early Monday morning according to the Tempe Police Department. Gordon was NOT busted for DUI, as reported by local AZ media […]

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LAWYERS SEEK TO DELAY EXECUTIONS OF ARIZONA DEATH ROW INMATES

Attorneys and criminal lawyers often use stays of execution as a last ditch attempt to avoid the death penalty for their clients, or at the very least preserving them precious moments before the carrying out of a penalty. At the same time, each day an inmate is kept on death row costs the taxpayers of […]

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EXPECT VALLEY LABOR DAY PATROLS IN FULL FORCE

Posted by Phoenix DUI Attorney Nick Alcock: For most Americans, Labor Day Weekend signifies the end of summer. Like other long holiday weekends, it is also a time many individuals commonly associate with alcohol consumption. Whether relaxing at a neighborhood barbeque or out celebrating at your favorite local establishment with friends and family, mixing in […]

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LOUGHNER SPARED FROM DEATH PENALTY AS JUDGE ACCEPTS GUILTY PLEA

Both the defense and prosecution find a “life in prison” plea bargain appealing. The federal government gets the defendant to admit that what he did is wrong and that he knew it, and the defense gets to save a life. Jared Lee Loughner was expected by most to plead guilty this morning to last year’s […]

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ARIZONA THRESHOLD LAWS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEM

Posted by Phoenix Drug Possession Attorney Nick Alcock: If you have been arrested for drug possession in Arizona, you are probably concerned about how possession for sale is determined. It mostly boils down to how much of the drug you were found with at the time and any additional evidence that may have been found. […]

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Fan Falls to Death at Texans Stadium in Houston

Posted by Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Nick Alcock: A 25-year-old Houston Texans fan died after tumbling about 60 feet from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium during a preseason Houston Texans game. The man fell to the ground floor during Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, and frantic witnesses called police to report where […]

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Exciting Time For DREAMers, Just Don’t Be Overwhelmed By The Process

Two weeks have passed since the DREAM Act floodgates officially opened. For those officially qualified to begin the extensive application process, this date could not have arrived soon enough. Many immigrant children eligible for this program have long been trapped between a rock and a hard place. The directive issued by the Obama administration in […]

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THE COMMON PITFALLS OF COLLEGE DRINKING AND MISTAKES TO AVOID

Posted by Phoenix DUI Attorney Nick Alcock: It’s the middle of August and, for the majority of you, school is back in session. This can be a very exciting point in your life, especially if you are heading off to college for the first time. No longer under the constant watch and constraints of a […]

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Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Offenses Not Always Fair

There’s been considerable debate about the topic of how those convicted of drug charges are ultimately sentenced. This is especially true given that the United States is the only developed country that requires mandatory sentencing for minor, non-violent drug offenses. Shortly after President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 “War on Drugs” declaration, Congress enacted mandatory sentencing guidelines […]

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BREAK THE LAW BY SERVING ALCOHOL? ARIZONA ‘DRAM SHOP’ LAWS

All vendors that serve alcohol have an obligation to do so in a responsible manner. Liability does not necessarily end when topping off a guest or patron’s cup with alcohol or closing out their tab. When a bartender, business employee or even a social host serves alcohol in excess to a patron who then causes […]

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HOW MUCH DOES A MARIJUANA ATTORNEY CHARGE?

Attorney Nick Alcock discusses how much a marijuana attorney should cost. Marijuana offenses are among the most common of all drug offenses in Arizona. Marijuana offenses are viewed by the public as a fairly minor crime. However, a marijuana charge is still considered by law enforcement to be a serious criminal offense. Like any criminal […]

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Lawyers trade closing arguments in Arizona ‘Sweat Lodge’ case

Camp Verde, AZ – On Day 51 of Arizona v. James Ray, something happened that I have never seen before and presume happens very rarely. Within seconds of taking the bench yesterday morning, Judge Warren Darrow significantly altered one of the jury instructions a full day after they had already been read to the jury. […]

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Defense Attorney Wants to Sue Rush Limbaugh for Defamation

Criminal defense attorney Gloria Allread has called for the high profile and often vitriolic conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to be sued for defamation. The basis for the suit- when Limbaugh notoriously called a female college student a “slut” and “prostitute” on air during a debate on a national health care agenda that would […]

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Utah man arrested in Phoenix facing fraud charges, says lawyer

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers and Attorneys A Utah businessman arrested in Phoenix on federal mail fraud charges is facing a detention hearing Wednesday before a federal magistrate. Authorities say Jeremy David Johnson was transferring planes when he was taken into custody over the weekend at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by Internal […]

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Alcock & Associates Donates 500k Meals

Arizona DUI Lawyer Nicholas Alcock spends his days in court defending clients accused of committing crimes. During the weekends, you can find him coordinating one of his many charitable activities. Over the years, he has donated a staggering 500,000 free meals to the elderly and disadvantaged children. Attorney Alcock started his program after watching a […]

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Local Arizona Police Officers Discredited

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer Nick Alcock Officer Doug Lynch in September 2008 reported a vehicle accident from his cellphone as he was driving to work but didn’t render aid, believing it was not serious. The driver later died. Officials say Lynch feared reprimand and deleted notes from the dispatch center’s computers linking […]

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Airline Denies Boarding for Boy with Down Syndrome

Two California parents say their 16-year-old son was stopped from getting on an American Airlines flight because he has Down syndrome. Joan and Robert Vanderhorst say their son, Bede, was set to fly with them from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles this past Labor Day weekend when the pilot told them the boy could […]

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Bin Laden Planned to Change ‘Al-Qaeda’ Name before his Death

Posted by: Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers Bin Laden wanted to change al-Qaida’s bloodied nameDocuments obtained in US assassination reveal frustrations of al-Qaida leader and desire to win over world’s Muslims Share40 reddit this Jason Burke in Jeddah guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 June 2011 15.20 BST Article history Osama bin Laden, left, with Ayman al-Zawahiri, who has […]

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Illegal Use of Bath Salts Still Posing Major Threat in Arizona

Much like cocaine, meth and PCP, bath salts give users a high that is both potent and addictive. Believed to have originated in China and India, the drug rose to popularity in the U.S. on the streets a few years ago. It is now commonly sold in smoke and head shops, convenience stores and online […]

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Justice Department Decides Not to Pursue Many CIA Torture Cases

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Nick Alcock, Alcock & Associates Law Firm Reporting from Washington. The Justice Department has decided not to file criminal charges in the vast majority of cases involving the CIA’s former interrogation, detention and kidnapping program.In a statement to CIA employees on his last day as director, Leon E. […]

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Phoenix Lawyer Representing Maricopa County Attorney Thomas will Remain on Case

Posted by: Nick Alcock, Attorney at Law, for the Criminal Lawyers at Alcock & Associates PHOENIX — The lawyer representing former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in attorney-discipline case has decided to continue representing the former prosecutor. Thomas’ attorney, Don Wilson, had asked a judge to let him withdraw from the case because he said […]

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State Farm Gets Stuck With Sandusky’s Legal Fees, Wants Out

Posted by Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Nick Alcock: State Farm Fire and Casualty Company perviously sold a homeowner policy to disgraced Penn State Defensive Coordinator and convicted child molester, Jerry Sandusky. Last week the noted Insurer filed a federal lawsuit to get out of paying Sandusky’s considerable legal bills. The lawsuit argued that the policy […]

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How Much Should I Pay For a Drug Possession Case in Arizona?

Posted by Phoenix Drug Possession Attorney Nick Alcock: This is a very common question I receive from clients throughout the valley. The first thing you need to do if you are facing a drug possession charge in Arizona is consult with an attorney. If you are not happy or just don’t feel comfortable with the […]

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Can Tattoos Actually Affect Your Green Card Chances? Apparently Yes!

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: No kidding, certain tattoos may actually derail immigration applications mainly because of gang fears. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. State Department is increasingly denying “inked” immigrants’ efforts to get green cards and become legal U.S. residents. Dozens of Latin Americans without criminal convictions have […]

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New Breathalyz​er Device May Help Prevent False Positives

Posted by Phoenix DUI Attorney Nick Alcock: A new product designed to beat the breathalyzer test is under scrutiny as it is being advertised on big billboards in front of bars. An Atlanta-based company is promoting “Breathalyzer Equalizer” as a product that promises to get rid of residual alcohol in the mouth which can often […]

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Tips on what to do if injured in an automobile accident

Injury Attorney Nick Alcock discusses how to handle an insurance claim. If you’ve been involved in a car accident involving another automobile and sustained even minor injuries this blog is for you. There are a number of very important steps you will want to take. The first thing to do is to contact the police […]

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Couple Indicted for Scamming Casino Arizona Out of $27K

A creative, albeit daring, Arizona couple devised an elaborate gambling scheme to take more than $25,000 from Casino Arizona. Mark Allen Lomayestewa, a casino employee, allegedly filed false player reports in his girlfriend’s name to rack up rewards points. Now, he and girlfriend Henrietta Wagner are facing federal charges for felony embezzlement and theft in […]

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In Wake of Tragic School Shooting, White House Ponders New Gun Laws

Posted by Katie M. Sarreshteh Friday morning exemplified every parent’s nightmare and shocked our nation. Innocent children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The gunman was 20-year-old Adam Lanza who ultimately took his own life in a classroom at Sandy Hook. He had no prior criminal record and was considered […]

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Dreamers in Arizona Fight for a Green Light

Arizona Dreamers may soon be behind the wheel. A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday challenging Gov. Jan Brewer’s August 15th executive order barring beneficiaries of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or the group more commonly known as the “Dreamers” from getting driver’s licenses. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Arizona […]

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Young “Dreamers” To Benefit From Obama’s Re-election

Prior to President Barack Obama’s re-election many illegal immigrants were justifiably hesitant to apply for a program that could allow them to stay and work temporarily in the United States without the threat of deportation. After all, if Gov. Mitt Romney had taken over the White House, many believed he would have terminated the program […]

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A “Disgraced” Mark Grace Faces Years in Prison if Convicted

For 16 seasons on the baseball diamond, Mark Grace brought enthusiasm, humor and amazing talent to the game. As a Chicago Cub, Mark led his team on the field and in the hearts of its fans from his rookie season in 1988 through the end of the 2000 season. His thirteen seasons playing for the […]

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Tragic Death Involving Az Locals Captivates Coronado, CA

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer Nick Alcock Below is a very thorough and well written account of the tragedy that has befallen an Arizona family staying in Coronado, CA this summer. We wish the families involved peace and good blessings during this tragic and trying time. Hopefully more details will emerge and whoever […]

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Arrest made in Mesa, Arizona hit and run ‘missing leg’ case

Posted by: Phoenix, Arizona Injury Attorney Nick Alcock of Alcock & Associates Law Firm MESA, Ariz. —Police in suburban Phoenix say they have made an arrest in a hit-and-run that left a fatally injured man’s severed left leg missing. Police said Tuesday they arrested 26-year-old Jose DeJesus Padillla-Rodriguez, who they suspect was behind the wheel […]

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LULZ Group Hacks DPS records, while DPS downplays effect of the security breach

Posted by: Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney, Nick Alcock The Arizona Department of Public Safety worked Friday to strengthen its computer networks after an international group of hackers exploited a weak spot in the system by accessing the e-mail accounts of eight officers stationed in rural areas of the state. The hacking group Lulz Security, which […]

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Over 600 Memorial Day Arrests

Well, I tried to warn you. I would be willing to bet that a lot of those people who got arrested for DUI were pulled over for no reason in particular. Nick Alcock, Attorney at Law DUI Lawyer Alcock & Associates Link to AZ Central article: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/05/31/20110531arizona-holiday-dui-arrests.html

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Hackers show racism, ethnic slurs, and spying on ethnic studies programs by Arizona police

Posted by: Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Attorneys of Alcock & Associates TUCSON — Hackers have once again slammed Arizona police, exposing racism and corruption. On Wednesday, the group Anonymous exposed a second set of data of Arizona police officers, which exposed a school cop targeting diversity studies in Tucson schools. The data also exposes […]

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Lawyers’ ethics concerns prevail as more Phoenix attorneys open own practices

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer Contrary to the belief that lawyers thrive in troubled times, law firms across the country have laid off thousands of associates and staff members since the beginning of 2009, and entry-level positions for recent law-school grads have become far more scarce and difficult to obtain. As a result, […]

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Goodyear Arizona officers cleared after county attorney decides not to file charges

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer and Attorney Nick Alcock The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges against a Goodyear police lieutenant and commander accused of illegally releasing court information about a former colleague. Yavapai Deputy County Attorney Jarrod Long said the case against police Cmdr. Ralph McLaughlin and police […]

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Arizona Local, Rapper DMX Ordered to Serve Extra Jailtime Despite Defense Lawyer’s Protests

Posted by: Nick Alcock, Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney DMX has been ordered to stay in jail for an extra week after he was allegedly caught with drugs. The troubled rapper was due to be released today, however, authorities supposedly caught him with illegal substances at a state prison in Yuma, Arizona. TMZ reports that […]

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Casey Anthony Acquitted, But What’s Next?

Posted by: Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorneys Great piece on what lies ahead for Casey Anthony upon release. To read the article in full see the link below. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-07-14-casey-anthony-freed_n.htm?csp=34news Anthony was acquitted July 5 in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, a verdict that sparked outrage from those who thought she was guilty. Scores of […]

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Police Break Up Teen Prostitution Activity at Phoenix Motel

Police have caught and arrested a 30-year-old man they believe was involved in prostituting a runaway juvenile girl he met earlier this month. The victim was allegedly forced to commit sexual acts for cash at the hotel. Joel-Davis Covington, also known as “Cash,” was taken into police custody at a Quality Inn and Suites hotel. […]

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Fireworks laws vary across the Valley, officials concerned about fire potential during Arizona dry season

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyers, Alcock & Associates Dozens of fireworks retailers have set up shop across the Southeast Valley, creating easy public access to sparklers, torches, spinners and fountains – most with a patriotic theme in honor of Independence Day. The challenge during this initial Fourth of July weekend […]

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What’s the Difference Between Bond and Bail Anyway?

Posted by Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Nick Alcock: So you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being arrested for a crime and booked into jail. You’ll soon be carted before the judge who gets to decide the terms and conditions of your bail order. This can be a confusing concept for many, even if […]

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Tempe City Court Location and Tips from Attorney Nick Alcock

Where is Tempe Municipal Court located? The Tempe Municipal Court location is 140 E. 5th Street in downtown Tempe, just two blocks East of Mill Avenue on Fifth Street between the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and the A.S.U. Sun Devil football stadium. As a DUI Attorney, I can say that I enjoy working in this […]

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Assault Jail Time in Arizona: Tips by Attorney Nick Alcock

What you need to know if you’ve been charged with assault in AZ. If you’ve recently been charged with assault in Arizona, you probably have many questions about what to expect from your case. An attorney’s answers to your questions will largely depend on the nature and circumstances of the specific assault charge. Because the […]

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Phoenix Municipal Court Location and How The Court Works

Where is Phoenix Municipal Court located? The Phoenix Municipal Court location is 300 W. Washington Street in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Because it is critical that you arrive in plenty of time for your court appearance it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the specific directions to ensure the most efficient means […]

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All-Star Mark Grace Avoids Prison Time with Plea

Defense attorneys for one very fortunate former major league ball player were able to strike a deal with prosecutors this morning in court that will prevent their client from serving time in a state correctional facility for his actions. Mark Grace, the long time Chicago Cub first baseman who would later go on to help […]

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Bond Redetermination Hearings

Criminal to Immigration Custody: After an arrest has been made and it has been determined that the defendant does not have legal status, or in some cases, after a legal permanent resident has been referred to ICE because they have committed a certain type of crime that triggers their immigration status, ICE will take custody […]

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ICE Agents No Longer Allowed To Barge Into Homes During Raids

Following a slew of lawsuits nationwide accusing immigration officials of violating constitutional rights when they conduct raids on private residences, federal authorities have agreed to establish new policies governing the conduct of immigration officers during raids, including restrictions on how and when agents can enter private homes. These invasive raids have long been a source […]

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MLB All-Stars Irked, But Otherwise Silent on Arizona

PHOENIX – Carlos Beltran offers a weary shrug when asked about immigration. The issue burned throughout baseball last summer, and still rages in the country. But at this All-Star Game, in this controversial state, the sport has decided to turn to sunnier matters. “I am going to be there,” Beltran said last week. Had he […]

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Charlie Brown Voice Actor Facing Multiple Felony Charges…Good Grief is Right!

It’s doubtful many out there would know the name of the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in the infamous and much beloved “Peanuts” shows. After all, he was just a child when he provided the iconic voice. However, the now 56-year-old actor turned real-estate agent, whose real name is Peter Robbins, was booked in […]

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Proposed Gun Control Reform Hits Close to Home in Arizona

After December’s unprecedented amount of gun violence, firearms have been a hot topic in America. Many states (and even our vice president) are pushing for comprehensive gun reform. Here in the Valley, people love guns. Arizona is home to a slew of gun-toting citizens that take pride in their arms. Accordingly, the Grand Canyon State […]

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Arizona’s Medical-Marijuana Law Safe From Federal Action

Phoenix Attorney Nick Alcock clarifies the facts surrounding the recent decision by the Obama Administration not to prosecute individuals who have the right under Arizona state law to carry medical marijuana.

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Cardinals’ Daryl Washington Arrested, Domestic Abuse Charges Filed

The promising and supremely talented Daryl Washington may be kicked off the team for good despite his strong emergence on the field in 2012. The embattled inside linebacker was already on suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. That incident alone was going to cost him the first four games of the 2013 regular […]

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ICE Detainee Commits Suicide Inside Infamous Arizona Jail

A Guatemalan woman in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Sunday at the Eloy Detention Center, of an apparent suicide. Twenty four year-old Elsa Guadalupe-Gonzales was found unresponsive in her cell Sunday evening by another detainee, who discovered her hanging. Detention facility staff immediately called 911. Emergency medical technicians responded […]

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Arizona Man Released After More Than 40 Years Behind Bars

It was one of the darkest nights in Tucson’s history when a morbid spectacle of human tragedy unfolded. Just after midnight, a blaze broke out at the prestigious Pioneer Hotel in downtown Tucson. The hotel was filled with eleven stories of guests combined with a lavish Christmas party going on in the grand ballroom. The […]

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Gambler Dies From Alcohol, Casino Slapped With Huge Wrongful Death Suit

Posted by Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorney Nick Alcock: One young man’s night of gambling and heavy drinking three years ago has resulted in a lawsuit alleged to be worth seventy-five million dollars. Family releatives of a Mississippi man are blaming casino employees for causing the gambler’s 2009 death by serving him too much alcohol. The […]

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Former Phoenix Police Officer Arrested for Sex With A Minor

Justin Francis Laclere used to be a police officer with the City of Phoenix. He how is charged with a couple of felony counts that could send him to prison. Let’s look at the law and see what he is facing. Officer Laclere is accused of using a cell phone app to lure the minor. […]

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Glendale City Court Location

Where is Glendale Municipal Court located? The Glendale Municipal Court location is 5711 W. Glendale Avenue. A new building is under construction at the former Larry Miller site at 4701 W. Glendale Ave. The City Court tries criminal and civil traffic violations, as well as non-traffic criminal misdemeanor cases. Among some of the more common […]

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Mesa City Location and Tips by Attorney Nick Alcock

Where is Mesa Municipal Court located? Attorney Nick Alcock describes what to look out for. The Mesa Municipal Court location is 250 East 1st Avenue on the northwest corner of 1st Avenue and Pomeroy Street which is one block South of Main Street and one block West of Mesa Drive. For your convenience, there is […]

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Scottsdale City Court Location and Tips

The Scottsdale City Court location is 3700 N. 75th Street in the city of Scottsdale. Because it is critical that you arrive in plenty of time for your court appearance, be sure that you familiarize yourself with the specific directions to ensure the most efficient means of transportation. It might also be wise to take […]

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Gilbert Municipal Court Location and Tips by Attorney Nick Alcock

Where is Gilbert Municipal Court located? The Gilbert Municipal Court location is 55 E. Civic Center Drive. The cross streets are Gilbert Road and Warner Drive just south of downtown Gilbert. Our team of attorneys handles matters in Gilbert virtually every day. We know the prosecutors, judges and how the system works. It is our […]

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DREAMers Celebrate Over What New Reform Bill Offers

The Senate immigration reformers commonly referred to as the “Gang of Eight” have filed bipartisan legislation that would put so-called DREAMers on a more generous fast-track to citizenship than any prior legislation. An estimated 2 million such young people have been waiting for such a bill to be passed that would finally grant them legal […]

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Alcock and Associates Plans Huge Advertising Change!

Ok, I’m an attorney and am pretty good at keeping secrets. But I’m having a difficult time keeping this one in the bag. Our firm is about to undergo a big marketing change that will get some attention. Look for a huge outdoor advertising campaign coming soon. I won’t give it all away, but also […]

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George Zimmerman has a $9,000 bond?

George Zimmerman was rearrested the other day. He was arrested for aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at at his girlfriend. This seems somewhat obvious. But the question on everybody’s mind is, “How could he get such a low bond?” In Arizona, there are plenty of people in jail who are held non-bondable for […]

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Ryan Ferguson Released from Custody

Ryan Ferguson was released from custody ten years after his murder conviction. His conviction spotlights a number of issues regarding murder trials in the U.S. Specifically, how jurors can get things very wrong. One of those jurors is not remorseful, stating, according to ABC news that they were wrong to rely so heavily on the […]

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Huge Changes for abogadophoenixaz.com

Our Attorneys are busy drafting new content for our Spanish language website as we speak. Look for new videos and testimonials from happy clients. We also linked to abogadoaz.com which has all the episodes of our TV Show Corazon De Hispano. At Alcock & Associates, we want our online properties to be as informational and […]

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Asu’s first weekend of the semester nets 486 arrests

Looks like the Tempe Police have been very busy. There were 1,812 traffic stops the first weekend of the semester at Arizona State University

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Attorney General Outlines New Drug Sentencing Reforms

The Justice Department will avoid charging certain low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimums. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that the policy shift will allow certain defendants — those without ties to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels — to avoid mandatory minimum sentences. Holder also announced that the Justice […]

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