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State v. Mr. R (DMC No. 5319)

Mr. R was undergoing Xanax withdrawals when he walked into an Old Chicago restaurant in Mesa, Arizona. Somebody called the Police claiming that Mr. R was acting erratically and when they arrived at the restaurant they saw Mr. R fleeing on foot. He was eventually chased down, thrown to the ground and taken into custody. While he was being arrested, he began to struggle and Officers charged him with Obstructing Governmental Operations under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2402(A)(2) and Disorderly Conduct under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2904.

We were able to provide Prosecutor with evidence that Mr. R was detoxing from Xanax which could cause paranoia. We also presented evidence that he was talking erratically on the night that he was arrested. We then showed them that it’s inappropriate to charge someone with Obstructing a Government Operation under the Statute. The Prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges against Mr. R. if he would remain law abiding for a short period of time and take some classes to deal with his Xanax addiction issues.

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