Author Archives: Gregg R. Woodnick, PLLC

About Gregg R. Woodnick, PLLC

Gregg R. Woodnick, P.L.L.C. is a family and criminal defense practice in Arizona. Our small team of attorneys includes adjunct professors at law schools, lecturers of legal-medical issues in medical colleges, and recipients of numerous awards in Arizona. You can read more about the attorneys and their practice areas at www.woodnicklaw.com.

Parenting Disaster

The tables were sadly turned on a well-meaning former Pennsylvania prosecutor and his wife when they were charged with child abuse. The couple, Douglas and Kristen Barbour, thought they were doing the right thing in adopting two children from Ethiopia, … Continue reading

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Implications of Protective Orders

Orders of Protection are not to be taken lightly. There are many ways an Order of Protection can affect your life. In Arizona, Orders of Protection are governed by the Arizona Rules of Protective Order Procedures. An Order of Protection … Continue reading

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Clerical Miracle?

In a bizarre clerical error a man convicted of robbery never saw the inside of the cell he was supposed to occupy. Cornealious “Mike” Anderson waited for his day to come. The sentence was given and he was ready to … Continue reading

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Whose Team are they on? CPS Removal and TDM Meetings

A CPS investigation is beyond frightening. What are your rights? Why does it seem like the investigator is interrogating me?  The investigator keeps saying that this is not a criminal matter, but do I need a lawyer?  Do I have to … Continue reading

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Parents’ Medical Nightmare

The Pelletier family is going through every parent’s worst nightmare. Their 15-year-old daughter, Justina, has been struggling with a rare disease that could lead to death. There is no cure for this disease, but despite the bleak prognosis, the Pelletier … Continue reading

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Former NFL Player Indicted

Former NFL player Darren Sharper, was indicted for sex-related offenses that occurred in Tempe, Arizona. The former star is alleged to have used Ambien to drug women and sexually assault them while they were passed out. Under A.R.S. § 13-1406, if … Continue reading

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Munchausen by Proxy?

It’s a tragic story. Garnett Spears, a 5-year-old boy, was given deadly amounts of sodium through his feeding bag, allegedly by his mother. After beginning treatment, hospital tests revealed unusually high amounts of sodium in the boy’s body, which accounted for … Continue reading

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Getting Back Baby Jack – Putative Father Registration and Consent to Adoption in Arizona

A nightmare scenario for one Utah father has made national news.  The most disconcerting part of his story is that it could happen again right here in Arizona. In 2010, Jake Strickland learned that he was to become a father.  … Continue reading

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The Importance of Counseling in Domestic Disputes

All too often, tragedies occur in the context of divorce and custody disputes.  In Arizona we no longer use the term “custody” and instead use the phrase “legal decision making,” but for the purpose of this article we will refer … Continue reading

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When Arizona Foster Parents are Ready to Adopt – A Rare Opportunity for a Free Lawyer

I received a call the other day from a potential client and her partner.  They had been fostering a child through a CPS placement for almost 19 months.  The baby was just three weeks old when he was placed in … Continue reading

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