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Plea Deal in Celebrity Child Pornography Case

Posted by Steven Sherick | Oct 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mark Salling, most known for his acting and singing role in “Glee,” was charged with 2 counts of child pornography. In 2015, law enforcement raided his home and found more than 25,000 images and 160 videos of child pornography and 29,000 images of child erotica stored on his computer. If convicte...

Minor in Possession: What College Students Need to Know

Posted by Adam Bleier | Sep 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

School is back in session. New students have had their orientation and are now moved into their dorms and aware of all the good places to go on campus. The University of Arizona is one of the top schools in the nation. It attracts students from all over the country and abroad. May of these same s...

Possible Defenses to Aggravated Assault in Arizona

Posted by Steven Sherick | Aug 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement officers must uphold the laws as any other citizen must; they are not above the law. A new case in Arizona illustrates this fact. A Pima County Corrections Officer was charged in June 2017 with aggravated assault of a juvenile. On May 26, 2017, there was a fight between juvenile i...

Senators Reintroduce Justice Safety Valve Act

Posted by Adam Bleier | May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

These are trying times for federal drug defendants as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has initiated a number of policy moves to increase the application of mandatory minimum drug sentences which had been effectively put on hold by the Obama Administration. However, a bipartisan movement of legisl...

Best Lawyers In America 2017

Posted by Steven Sherick | Apr 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Best Lawyers has once again chosen to recognize Steve Sherick for the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense.   Sherick and Bleier PLLC has been recognized again for Best Law Firms in the United States for Criminal Defense. 

Setting Aside a Criminal Conviction in Arizona

Posted by Steven Sherick | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arizona allows a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense to apply to judge for an order to set aside the judgment of guilt.  To be eligible to have a conviction set aside the individual must have fulfilled the conditions of his/her conditions of probation or discharged the sentence of...

Title IX Rights of Accused Students Violated

Posted by Steven Sherick | Oct 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently reported that Wesley College had violated the Title IX rights of students accused of sexual assault.   Among the violations found by OCR were:        1) The school would impose interim suspensions before interviewing the acc...

SORNA Victory for Defendants in SCOTUS

Posted by Adam Bleier | Apr 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday a Kansas man was improperly arrested and convicted for violating a federal law that required him, as a sex offender, to notify authorities when he moved to another country. In this case, a registered sex offender who lived in Leavenworth, Kansas, moved to the P...

Proposed Sentencing Reform Act of 2015

Posted by Adam Bleier | Nov 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Federal criminal sentencing for most non-violent offenses is extremely harsh.  This is because the law imposes mandatory minimum punishments on offenders if the given drug charged is above a certain threshold weight.  This has resulted in a huge increase in the prison population of non-violent dr...

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