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Arizona among leading states in harshest DUI penalties

Chances are good that if you are already reading this, you're probably aware that Arizona has some of the strictest punishments for DUI convictions in the nation. But how do the sobering penalties of the Grand Canyon state look when compared to the DUI penalties of other states across the country?

Every state determines its own laws for dealing with criminal behavior. There can also be further distinctions made on the city and even county levels that differ from the general state laws. Understandably, this multi layered system can become exceedingly confusing when an attempt is made to compare them in too much detail, but there are a few keys factors that we can focus on to see just how broad the differences can be. But first, let's have a brief refresher course on the DUI penalties for a first time offense here in Arizona.

Don’t ruin your summer vacation: A sobering look at federal DUIs

If you’re not a frequent visitor to Arizona’s national parks and forests, you may not know much about the consequences of being charged with a DUI while on federal land. Hopefully, this topic will help someone avoid what could be a very unpleasant end to their summer vacation on federally controlled lands.

What is considered federal land?

When is drinking a beer while driving legal in Arizona?

Chances are good that anyone reading this is already aware of some of the more standard laws regarding drinking alcohol while driving. For example, it’s illegal in 43 states, including Arizona, for a driver to be in possession of an open container of alcohol while they are in control of a motor vehicle. In most states, this restriction also logically extends to anyone within the passenger compartment of the car as well. This means anyone in the front or back seat, but also includes the storage of any previously-opened bottles of alcohol in the glove compartment or other unlocked storage areas

But do these laws also apply to non-alcoholic beverages? That might seem like a silly question, but there is a distinction that should be pointed out here. There actually is a difference between a beverage that is “non-alcoholic” and one that is “alcohol-free”.

FAQs about Dram Shop laws: Who they protect and how

Bar and restaurant owners have all probably had to deal with a customer insistent on drinking much more than they should. This scenario plays itself out in bars or liquor-licensed restaurants all the time, but where do legal responsibilities lie in these situations?

In the interest of stressing the social responsibilities that our bar and restaurant owners owe to their communities and their patrons, we've compiled a list of some of the most common questions and answers regarding Arizona's liquor laws and how they apply to these establishments. 

Yes, there really are effective defense strategies for DUI

Search the Internet or pick up the local Yellow Pages and you are likely to see hundreds of Websites and advertisements for law firms defending people charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. With so many defense attorneys each saying they are the most effective, what should you believe.

This blog post, I will discuss the foundations of some of the most successful defense strategies that Rosenstein Law Group often employs when protecting our clients' rights.

Is marijuana safer than alcohol?

The question of what kind of effect legalized marijuana is going to have on our country is a hot issue in debate right now. As of this moment in 2017, marijuana is legal as a recreational drug in Washington D.C., as well as the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Arizona was one of the five states that voted on legalization in the fall, and the only one in which it didn't pass.

Many advocates of legalization are quick to point out that when compared to other illegal substances, marijuana is considerably less dangerous. But the question many people are asking is not about the comparison of marijuana to illegal drugs - it's about how it stacks up next to a much more familiar vice - Alcohol.

In 2016, Arizona's own governor, Doug Ducey spoke out against legalization, encouraging voters to seek out the facts regarding the addictive properties and general safety concerns between marijuana and alcohol, insinuating that marijuana is the more dangerous of the two substances. But is that truly the case?

DUIs and the dangers of driving after a brain injury

Let me present a hypothetical situation. There has been an accident. It might be something minor - someone veers off the road or hits a parked car in a parking lot. When the police arrive, the driver of the vehicle shows all the usual signs of intoxication. Their speech is slurred. They may be moving lethargically or might become aggressive. The police put them through the field tests for sobriety - they are unbalanced and seem to have trouble following directions. Our strict laws regarding driving under the influence means that this combination of circumstances is enough to earn drivers acting suspiciously a DUI arrest in Arizona, including the immediate penalties that come along with that.

Safer Senior Citizens: Discussing DUI Laws Before it's an Issue

Age creeps up on all of us. Everyone probably has a moment of clarity every now and then, when they bend over to put on their shoes and hear the clicks and pops that come along with a life well lived. In addition to failing joints, there is a related legal issue worth addressing here that most people don't like to approach too directly; either because they don't want to embarrass or hurt the feelings of a parent or friend, or they don't feel it's their place to point it out at all.

The issue I'll be discussing in this blog is about alcohol affects us differently as we age.

Dispelling the Myth: The Real Consequences of a Motorcycle DWI in Arizona

There seems to be a perpetual myth - not only in Arizona but in most other states as well - regarding the severity of DWI/DUI laws and the penalties for operating a motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This confusion could be related at least in part to the fact that, even in Arizona, motorcycles are vastly outnumbered on the roads by automobiles. Statistically, they are involved in far fewer DWI arrests. This seems to have fed the growth of a misconception that the laws governing motorcycle DWIs and the penalties for being arrested are not as harsh as the laws applying to automobile drivers - as well as the mistaken assumption that there is less likelihood of being stopped or arrested for DWI on a motorcycle.

In truth, Arizona DUI laws and penalties for bikers are no different than those applied to car drivers. And as most of you are probably aware, the state of Arizona is somewhat infamous for their strict and frankly, draconian approach to punishing those accused of drunk driving.

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