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Arizona DUI Law

Coming to Super Bowl XLIX: What are the Arizona DUI Laws?

Super Bowl XLIX: University of Phoenix Stadium

 

Every year, cities and sports venues from all around America submit bids to host a Super Bowl. University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona was privileged to be awarded the right to host Super Bowl XLIX (49) to be played on February 1, 2015. The good news was delivered on October 11, 2011 and represents the second time this venue has been selected. If you plan on coming to the Phoenix area for the Super Bowl, we’ve put together a few places you might want to visit while you’re here on your trip. We also put together an outline of the Arizona DUI Laws which are good to know when traveling to an event where partying may be on the menu.

Things to Do in the Phoenix Area During the Super Bowl

One of the great advantages that comes from hosting a Super Bowl is a temporary (BIG) boost to the local economy. The Phoenix metro area is loaded with things to do and sights to see.

  • Super Bowl Central – Groups involved with presenting the Super Bowl will be sponsoring concerts, beer gardens, food stands and other fun activities during the week leading up to the game.
  • The Phoenix area is loaded with some of the top golf courses in the country. Late January is a great time to tackle desert courses. And the PGA Tour will be in town the same weekend with the Waste Management Phoenix Open being played over in Scottsdale.
  • The city also features great fine dining facilities and some of the best nightlife in the region.

 

DUI Laws in the Phoenix Area

There is no denying that Super Bowl week creates a party environment. There are public and private parties at locations all across town. Because Arizona has very strict drunk driving laws it would be smart for visitors to be aware of the DUI laws, particularly in the Phoenix metro area that includes Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Gilbert, & Chandler.

DUI in Arizona Penalties

  • Misdemeanor DUI/DWI (BAC .08-.149) = 10 days in jail, DUI classes, suspended license for 90 days, ignition locking device for 1-year, fines up to $1,500
  • Extreme DUI (BAC .15-.199) = 30 days in jail, DUI classes, suspended license for 90 days, ignition locking device for 1-year, fines up to $2,700
  • Super Extreme DUI (BAC .2.0 or above) = 45 days in jail, DUI classes, suspended license for 90 days, ignition locking device for 18 months, fines up to $3,200
  • Felony or Aggravated DUI – minimum of four months in prison for 3rd offense in seven years, receiving a DUI with a child (under 15) in the car, or receiving a DUI while license is suspended.

Best DUI Defenses

  • Proof of Defective Testing Equipment – This includes out-of-date certification of testing equipment by the DHS
  • Stopped Without Probable Cause – Law enforcement must have probable cause to stop any vehicle.
  • Not Operating the Vehicle (No Actual Physical Control) – The driver must be in the act of operating the vehicle, not just sitting in it.
  • Violation of Rights – You have the right to speak with attorney if you ask law enforcement to speak with one. Any delay could be a violation of your civil rights.
  • Probable Cause to Arrest – Officer must have proper and reasonable proof in order to stop and arrest you for DUI.

 

The chance to experience the Super Bowl is an awesome experience and privilege. The last thing anyone wants is to have the week ruined by a DUI charge or other criminal arrest. If you or someone you know needs a defense attorney for a criminal matter in Arizona, please call the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor to schedule a free case review with one of our lawyers. You can call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (602) 307-0808 or send us an email and one of our lawyers will contact you as soon as possible.

 

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Fourth of July 2014 DUI Patrols

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Summertime is one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. and more specifically, the Fourth of July is a time when people in Arizona head to the lake for some fun in the sun! With that comes increased risk of drinking and driving (or boating). Local law enforcement in Arizona is out looking to arrest people for DUI if they have consumed too much alcohol and think they are OK to drive a car or boat. Our suggestion is if you’ve had any alcohol, please get a ride. If you are out on the lake boating, make sure you have a designated driver because law enforcement may be conducting sobriety checkpoints (and looking for life jackets for every passenger!!) on the lakes in Arizona (Bartlett Lake, Lake Pleasant, Roosevelt Lake, Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Lake Havasu, Colorado River, and Saguaro Lake).

If you find yourself at one of these sobriety checkpoints and are not sure what your BAC level is, read our DUI do’s and don’ts HERE.  That page will provide you with all the knowledge necessary about what to do if stopped by law enforcement after you have been drinking. For example, don’t take the eye test or any coordination tests.  You are not required to do these and if the officer is asking you to do any test, chances are he/she is going to arrest you anyway.  The test results just help the prosecutors case.

If you found this page after being suspected or arrested for DUI on the Fourth of July 2014 weekend, we have a number of resources relating to DUI and OUI (Boating DUI) in Arizona.

The most important thing you MUST do is ask to speak with an attorney BEFORE agreeing to any test (breath, blood, etc.).   Put our phone number (602-307-0808) in your cell phone now and call us before speaking to police.

Waste Management Phoenix Open 2014

The Waste Management Phoenix Open 2014 has officially started and is in full swing!

If you are planning on going to the Waste Management Open 2014 and drinking there, make sure you take a cab there and a cab home.  There is a new driving service App called UBER, which will pick you up close to the venue so you do not have to wait in the infamous Waste Management cab line.  UBER cabs arrive very quickly so plan accordingly when ordering a car.

If you do not take a cab or UBER and still decide to have a few drinks then drive, there are a few things you should know in case you get pulled over and questioned for DUI.  No matter what question the police officer asks you, you need to reply the same way as if you are being questioned for murder or robbery.  The answer is “Officer I am not going to answer any questions or do any tests until I talk to my lawyer”.  By saying that you did not lie to the officer nor did you confess, you simply said “let me talk to my lawyer”.  In trial the officer cannot comment on your right to remain silent so the jury can only consider the evidence before them; which would be very minimal.

Put our 24/7 phone number, 602 307-0808, in your phone right now under “lawyer” just in case you get questioned for DUI or any other crime and call us.  Set up a Free Initial Consultation Here and we would love to meet with you and help you out.

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