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.
- For a little culture, try visiting Heard Museum, Desert Botanical Garden or Musical Instrument Museum.
- 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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