COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on the Criminal Justice System

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark seemingly everywhere in our society, and the criminal justice system is no different. All aspects of the criminal justice system were affected, from crime rates during the lockdown, the types of crimes committed, how the criminal justice system responded, trials, sentencing, and corrections. We break down the three pertinent areas of the criminal justice system where the pandemic has had the most significant effect.

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How to Approach Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World

Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World

The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes to daily life. Life during COVID brought uncertainty, disruption, financial pressures, and isolation. It forced jobs and schools to adapt and find a way to accommodate at-home work. All of these unknowns paired with uncertainties and anxieties associated with getting sick…

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What to Do After A Car Accident

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A car accident is a frightening experience, and even a minor fender-bender can leave the most seasoned drivers tense and uneasy. At Antol & Sherman, we understand how difficult car accidents can be and sympathize with the victims in accidents of all severities. If you are in an accident, here is what to do to…

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Access to Justice: Are your constitutional criminal rights protected during a pandemic?

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Throughout the entire coronavirus stay-at-home order, courthouses in Arizona and locally in Coconino County have remained open. Government in general is classified as essential but the courthouses go a step further because they are our access to justice in the United States. The Coconino County courthouses take their instructions from a statewide judicial administrative order but the chief administrative judge for each county also has authority to further mandate how courthouses in their jurisdiction will function during coronavirus. The judges in Coconino County have individual discretion to decide what proceedings are going forward, which ones are postponed, and whether parties and their attorneys may appear in person or virtually. The current order will expire on May 31st, 2020 but it is anticipated that many restrictions will be extended into the summer.

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Price Gouging During a Pandemic: What’s in the law?

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Both online and in stores, shoppers are finding that many needed items are in short supply. Initial surges in panic buying due to the COVID-19 pandemic left shelves bare in supermarkets and other shops across the country. Some shoppers have since been unable to stock up on basic necessities such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and many healthcare products. To make matters worse, some see the crisis as an opportunity to take advantage of and profit from shoppers’ fear and uncertainty.

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What Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Mean for You

Family First Coronavirus Response

Signed on March 18, 2020, and in effect as of April 2, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) extends tax relief to employers and paid sick leave during COVID-19 to certain employees of small businesses. The bill also provides funding to state and government agencies to expand unemployment and nutritional assistance benefits and establish free coronavirus testing.

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How to Avoid Winter Hazards

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There’s nothing like waking up to a winter wonderland. A fresh coat of shimmering snow covering everything in sight is our favorite part about this time of year. But with this beauty comes some hazards we can often forget as soon as spring hits. We decided it was time for a refresher or an introduction…

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4 Ways to Stay Safer On Independence Day

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Tips to Stay Safe This Independence Day The Fourth of July/Independence Day is right around the corner and whether you’re going to the parade in Downtown Flagstaff, lounging by your favorite pool, having a big BBQ or heading out of town, staying safe will lead to a much more enjoyable holiday. Make sure to watch…

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Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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What is a “Personal Injury” Case? Even if you’ve never done so yourself, you’ve probably heard of people that have sued an individual, business, or other organization after experiencing an accident of some kind or sustaining an injury, but maybe you’ve never thought of doing so yourself. For some people, their natural response to an…

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Arizona Cannabis Laws: What’s Legal?

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Arizona Cannabis Laws: What’s Legal? With more and more states legalizing cannabis products, from medical to recreational marijuana and associated products such as those made with hemp or hemp-produced CBD — totaling 10 states and the District of Columbia since 2012 — it has become increasingly attractive to use and consume such substances. However, the…

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