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Bad Service America: Diner for Schmucks


Today’s topic starts with an article in the current issue of GQ and food critic Alan Richman’s latest review. The title and opening illustration give you a hint that this review is not going to be a good one. Alan describes going to M. Wells on a few occasions. the first two were unannounced and simply to eat. By the third visit he had spoken with the owners to get an offsite interview and let them know he had already made plans to dine there in a few days. The food part of the review is pretty fair and would probably tempt a number of people to go for dinner. Then Alan’s story takes a turn for the worse. The service takes an already ho-hum reputation and nose dives into what one of his compatriots describes as “the worst restaurant experience I’ve ever had.”
In the review Alan comments about how the waitstaff was innatentive and careless. This has unfortunately become a bit of the norm in the US dining establishments and the workplace in general. At the third dinner they wait 45 minutes and finally wave down another waitress who seemed less than happy to be taking their order. He leaves and gets an email the next day from the co-owner blaming him for having a bad dining experience and then the fireworks go off: he is accused of sexual assaulting the waitress. Needless to say Alan is pretty shocked and replies back asking to meet his accuser.
The article is really well written and we recommend picking up the latest issue and reading it for yourself.
In David’s video his recaps these events but then goes a little further regarding the poor service and some of Alan’s thoughts on the “Too Cool to Care” attitude. The hipster mentality may be going too far or too ironically for many of Americans to appreciate any longer.
What do you think?

Penalties for DUI, DWI, Extreme DUI in Phoenix, AZ

A DWI or DUI in Phoenix conviction has lifelong consequences. This article will discuss the possible punishments and penalties for DUI, DWI and Extreme DUI in Phoenix. It will discuss the mandatory minimums of jail time as well as fines and other penalties associated with first offense misdemeanor DUI, DWI, Extreme DUI and Super Extreme DUI in Phoenix.

First offense misdemeanor:
Regular DWI or DUI in Phoenix – The penalties for a first conviction of non-extreme DWI or DUI in Phoenix are: a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail – 9 days can be suspended only upon completion of mandatory attendance at alcohol screening (approximately $200); any recommended classes (approximately $400); and a minimum fine and surcharge of approximately $2100.00. The maximum can be six (6) months’ jail. In addition, the Court now must order one year of a mandatory breath test interlock device being attached to your steering wheel, which requires you to blow into the device every time you start your car. In addition, you must then continue to blow into the device every 15 minutes to keep your car’s ignition on! Lastly, if the court chooses, they can order “more than twelve months” of an interlock device in severe cases. For more information on first offense DUI in Arizona, click here.

Extreme DUI in Phoenix.15% and above BAC; first offense mandatory minimum 30 days jail and no days can be suspended; this means you must serve all 30 days in jail – day for day; a $2500.00 fine and alcohol classes double; one year of a mandatory breath test interlock device being attached to your steering wheel after all suspensions are completed (at a cost of $1500). Once you start your car, you must then continue to blow into the device every 15 minutes to keep your car’s ignition on! Lastly, a judge may order a person convicted of Extreme DUI in Phoenix not to consume alcohol for a period of thirty days or more by requiring them to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device on their ankle, or blowing twice daily into a telephonic breath testing device. The court, in its discretion, may also extend this period of continuous alcohol monitoring.

Super Extreme DUI in Phoenix.20% and above BAC; first offense mandatory minimum 45 days in jail and no days can be suspended. This means you must serve all 45 days in jail-day-for-day!; a $2500.00 fine and alcohol classes (presumably at least 36); 18 months of mandatory breath test interlock device being attached to your steering wheel after all suspensions are completed (at a cost of over $2000.00). Once you start the car with the device, you must then continue to blow into the device every 15 minutes in order to keep your car’s ignition on! Lastly, the judge can order you to not consume alcohol for a period of ninety days or more and require you to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device on your ankle, or blow into a telephonic breath testing device twice a day.

There are harsh penalties associated with DUI, DWI and Extreme DUI in Phoenix charges. However, there are many defenses to DUI, DWI and Extreme DUI in Phoenix charges and depending on the facts surrounding the individual case – Dismissal or Acquittal is possible. Click the following link to view a sampling of our DUI case victories.

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DUI Arizona: The Difference between a DUI, DWI and an Extreme DUI

Both DWI and DUI in Arizona charges are equally serious and carry matching punishments. Extreme DUI In Arizona carries a much more severe penalty. Arizona usually files two or three charges:

  • DUI (A.R.S. §28-1381 (A)(1)) Driving Under the Influence of intoxicating liquor (or drugs).
  • DWI (A.R.S. §28-1381 (A)(2)) Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or greater within two hours of driving.
  • EXTREME DWI (A.R.S. §28-1382) Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.15% or greater within two hours of driving.
  • SUPER EXTREME DWI (A.R.S. §28-1382(D)(1)) Driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.20% or greater within two hours of driving.

The key to defending against the charges of DUI in Arizona is knowing the difference between these three. If you would like a free DUI case consultation, call our offices 24 hours a day (602) 307-0808.

The DUI in Arizona charge, by itself, does not require a breath reading. It deals with suspicion of driving while under the influence, according to the manner of driving, physical and mental symptoms of impairment, or verbal admissions.

The DWI charge in Arizona does not require that the accused have a BAC of .08% or greater “at the time of driving”. Many defendants plead guilty if their breath or blood test is above a .08% (or .15% if Extreme DWI, or .20% if Super Extreme DWI). The ordinary citizen does not realize the test results only show their BAC at the time they were tested and NOT at the time they were actually behind the wheel. As one of the dui defenses in Arizona we note that there is a way to mathematically calculate what your true BAC level was “at the time of driving”. This math formula is known as a “retrograde extrapolation”. If your BAC is found to be below a .08% (or .15% if Extreme DWI, or .20% if Super Extreme DWI) “at the time of driving”, this is a possible defense.

The Extreme DWI charge is the same as the DWI charge except it requires the BAC to be .15% or greater. The punishment for Extreme DWI is 10 times more jail time than a regular first offense DUI or DWI.

The Super Extreme DWI charge is the same as the DWI and Extreme DWI charges except it requires the BAC to be .20% or greater. The punishment for Super Extreme DWI is 45 times more jail time than a regular first offense DUI in Arizona or DWI. This is true even if it is your first DUI offense ever!

By citing drivers under two or three laws, DUI in Arizona (A.R.S. §28-1381 (A)(1)), DWI (A.R.S. §28-1381(A)(2)-[BAC of .08% or higher]), and Extreme or Super Extreme DWI (A.R.S. §28-1382, if applicable) the State gets multiple chances to convict. If convicted of one or both DUI or DWI, the punishment is the same. If convicted of Extreme DWI or Super Extreme DWI, the punishment is much more severe (See the Possible Punishments section).

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Legal Update on DUI, DWI, Extreme DUI in Arizona
As of 7/17/00 the Legislature passed a law stating that this is only a defense to the DUI in Arizona charge, not the DWI or the Extreme DWI charges. However, Arizona DUI lawyers are currently challenging this change in the law as unconstitutional. This has already been successfully reversed in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

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