Arizona’s Second Chances Act: A 2020 Ballot Initiative aiming to benefit all by ending mass incarceration, rehabilitating non-violent offenders, and reducing the $1.2 billion burden on taxpayers

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Arizona has the 4th highest incarceration rate in the nation, just behind Mississippi, Oklahoma and Louisiana.  For the last 2 decades, the prison population in Arizona has increased by 300% and the cost to fund it has increased by 400%.  In fact, Arizona spends over 1 billion dollars a year on prisons each year and has nearly 40,000 people currently …

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Is your loved one in prison being protected from Coronavirus?

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With the ongoing concerns of the spread of COVID-19, you may be wondering what precautions are in place to prevent an outbreak in Arizona’s prisons.  The Arizona Department of Corrections recently announced it will lift the $4.00 charge for requesting healthcare if an inmate has Coronavirus symptoms and will also lift the inmates’ charge for soap temporarily. However, according to …



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Updated March 20, 2019 Due to the current state of affairs, many states have suspended accepting Inter-State Compact Probation/Parole cases. This means that if you are currently on probation/parole in Arizona, or are sentenced to probation in Arizona, you may not be able to transfer your probation/parole to another state. According to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision, the …

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How does the Coronavirus affect my Arizona Criminal Case?

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Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many courts in Arizona have been modifying their instructions for defendants, criminal procedures, courtroom policies, and safety protocols. These changes arose after the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court implemented temporary measures beginning March 16, 2020 and ending April 17, 2020 in order to mitigate the Arizona community’s risk of exposure to Coronavirus.  …

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Am I Required to Give Police My Password in Today’s Digital Age?

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Living in the 21st century, new technologies are created regularly that offer services and experiences virtually rather than in person. With this constant evolution into a digital world, Federal and State Courts are presented with the struggle of how to interpret a Constitution hundreds of years old, and to apply it to present day innovations.  As technology advances and our use …

Can the State of Arizona subpoena my IP address from a third party provider without first seeking permission from a neutral judge or magistrate?

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On July 30, 2019, the Arizona Court of Appeals in State of Arizona v. Mixton, No. 2 CA-CR 2017-0217, held that obtaining an IP address and subscriber information through an administrative subpoena rather than obtaining a warrant based upon probable cause (some criminal activity) violates the right to be free from governmental interference in private affairs under article II, § …

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MCSO Offers Emergency Help at the Touch of a Button

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Being safe and being prepared when trouble is afoot is always a high priority at Castillo Law. Therefore, we wanted to give a shout out to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for bringing their 911 dispatch centers into the digital age and making them more accessible to those in dangerous situations and those with disabilities. On April 2, 2018, MCSO …

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Operation: No Need For Speed

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Operation No Need For Speed is in full force and effect, so be sure to slow down. This is a 30-day operation conducted by Department of Public Safety on the Loop 101, 202, and 303, in an attempt to get drivers to slow down. Over the past few weeks, many terrible accidents have occurred on our highways, and they all …

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Wrong-way Driver Prevention: What Arizona is Doing to Help

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It’s an all too common headline we’ve seen repeated over the past few years: “Wrong-way Driver Causes Collision on Arizona Freeway.” As of July 13, 2017, DPS reports that their troopers have responded to 928 calls regarding wrong-way drivers this year alone[1]. Of these calls, 14 have resulted in injuries and 7 in fatalities. Ultimately, 48 of these drivers were …

Honor the Fallen

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Although the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, please remember the true meaning of this special day. On this day, we remember and celebrate, and most importantly, we express our thanks as Americans to the countless number of men and women who have served in our military since the inception …

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Adult Classifieds Down On Backpage: Individuals Could Still Fall Prey to Sting Operations on Other Websites

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Breaking News: On Monday, shut down their adult only classified pages on their site, due to government pressure for allegedly facilitating and encouraging sex trafficking. Carl Ferrer, Backpage CEO, just recently won his battle with California attorney, Kamala Harris, in which Harris accused him of profiting from the illegal portions of his site that often involved pimping, child prostitution, …

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Last month, California attorney, Kamala Harris, swung hard at CEO, Carl Ferrer, as she tried to charge him with nine counts of pimping, five of which cases she alleged involved minors. Her efforts to put Ferrer behind bars consisted of accusing Ferrer of profiting off of illegal activity found on his sites, primarily prostitution and sexual exploitation. This court …

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Update: Veteran’s Courts in Arizona

Cindy Castillo Law News, Arizona Law

With Veterans Day coming up, we would like to take this time to congratulate the different municipalities in the valley that have recently begun offering veterans courts for veterans who are facing misdemeanor criminal charges. We’ve talked about veterans courts in our past blogs. We’ve outlined how veterans courts are popping up nationwide, and the benefits they provide to our …

Win Some, Lose Some: Supreme Court Ruling on State v. Sisco II

Cindy Castillo Law News, Arizona Law

On July 11, 2016, the Supreme Court of Arizona issued their opinion in State of Arizona v. Ronald James Sisco II, in which the Court considered whether or not the odor of marijuana suffices to establish probable cause for issuance of a search warrant, given the adoption of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”). Ultimately, the Supreme Court decided that …

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Better a Cruel Truth than a Comfortable Delusion: How to Improve the Use of Axon Body Cameras

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A Call for Law Enforcement Reform With the 2016 presidential election creating more and more buzz each day, many of our readers have undoubtedly heard discussion about law enforcement reform. This is a tangential response to movements nationwide, both on social media and in the community, calling for more transparency and accountability when it comes to police officer behavior and …

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How to Avoid Stress and Criminal Charges During The Holidays

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Season’s Greetings from Castillo Law It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps . . . means a little bit more!–Dr. Seuss The holidays are a time to show the special people in our lives how much we care about them. While we’re …

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Follow AZ Hunting Regulations and Avoid Criminal Charges

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Failure to Follow Game and Fish AZ Hunting Regulations May Result in a Huge Missed Steak this Hunting Season The regular football season is more than half-way over, Thanksgiving has ended, and, pretty soon, we’ll be snuggling by the tree opening presents.  While many of our readers may have already gone on their first hunt of the year, we’d like to …

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Drivers Beware: Failure to Remain Silent Could Result in False Reporting Charges

Cindy Castillo DUI, Law News, Arizona Law

Right to remain silent: Use It! Drivers Beware: Here is yet another reason why you should only provide your driver’s license, registration, and insurance, and nothing more. If you are stopped by an officer conducting a traffic stop and you have been drinking, do not make any statements. Your words will be used against you. An East Valley prosecuting agency …

Castillo Law New Location 2015 2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite B150 Phoenix, AZ 85004

New Location for Castillo Law Starting May 1st, 2015

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Castillo Law, PLLC is pleased to announce the relocation of our law firm, starting May 1st. Our new office will be located at: [schema type=”organization” orgtype=”Organization” url=”” name=”Castillo Law” description=”Criminal Defense Law Firm” street=”2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite B150″ city=”Phoenix” state=”AZ” postalcode=”85004″ country=”US” phone=”(480) 206-5204″ ] We are very excited to join the Alvarado Historic District in the Brookstone Office …

Castillo Law A Touchdown Defense: Do Concussions Create Criminal Behavior?

A Touchdown Defense: Do Concussions Create Criminal Behavior?

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While not everyone who suffers from concussions becomes a criminal, there is evidence in medical literature that shows how concussions cause behavioral changes. These changes include, impulsiveness, depression, aggression, inappropriate sexual behavior, lack of thought control and violence among people who, prior to their injuries, did not exhibit such behaviors. The question of how to apply these changes to criminal …

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Video Blog: Marijuana DUI Update for AZ

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Start transcription of Marijuana DUI update in AZ Hi, my name is Cindy Castillo with Castillo Law. Today I’d like to talk to you about a new Arizona Supreme Court opinion regarding Carboxy-THC. In the Shilgevorkyan case, which is the Arizona Supreme Court case, the court was considering whether or not it is illegal for an individual to drive while …

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Arizona Stand Your Ground Law interview on NBC12

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Cindy Castillo of Castillo Law talks with NBC 12’s Chris Hrapsky about the Arizona Stand Your Ground laws in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida. Cindy goes through a number of scenarios and how the law could be interpreted in each one from havin g a gun pointed at you to verbal abuse to the threat of …

What does SB1070 mean to you?

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Arizona Senate Bill 1070 also known as SB1070 or the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in April of 2010. This bill turned Arizona into a ‘Show me your papers state” by requiring law enforcement officers to request and review an individuals documentation if there is a reasonable suspicion that …

Stand Your Ground Law in Arizona

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In the wake of the Zimmerman decision, and for those of you who are wondering where Arizona law falls on Stand Your Ground, below is Arizona’s Justification statute. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-404(A) provides: Except as provided in subsection B of this section, a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent …

Race or Power Trip for DUI Arrest?

Cindy Castillo DUI, Law News

Simply put, Mr. Thorton has fallen victim to an over-zealous officer who sought to put numbers before common sense.  All too often, many officers who have been given tools in the academy to assist with arrest decisions refuse to consider any other possible reason a person might be demonstrating signs similar to alcohol/drug impairment.  This officer could have ended his …