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Arrested for DUI after you pulled into your driveway?

Consider the following hypothetical scenario - you’ve gone out to celebrate good news with friends. Over dinner and good conversation, someone buys one last round of drinks. You have your last drink, maybe one more than you normally would, but you don’t really feel as though it was excessive. On your drive home, you find yourself feeling a little more intoxicated than you thought you were. You catch yourself swerving a little once or twice, but are relieved to make it to your house without incident. You park in your driveway, head inside and go straight to bed. 

It’s a certainty that situations just like this play out somewhere every day. While most people probably get home and make their way to bed, considering themselves lucky and telling themselves they’ll be more careful in the future, sometimes nights like this end with a very unpleasant surprise - police officers at your door with a breathalyzer and a DUI arrest. 

Explaining DUI blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

All drivers in Arizona, regardless of their own possible experience with DUI charges, should at least be somewhat familiar with the procedures that are followed when someone is pulled over by the police and there is reason to believe that they might be intoxicated. One of the key components of Arizona’s notoriously strict approach to drinking and driving relies on what is commonly referred to as the driver's BAC  (blood alcohol concentration) at the time of the traffic stop. But what does that really mean? How much does the average person know how the BAC is calculated and whether it is accurate evidence of being over the DUI limit?  And more importantly, are the results of these tests as infallible as we’ve been led to believe? 

Is Utah’s .05 BAC law a glimpse into Arizona’s future?

The state of Arizona does not fool around when it comes to drinking and driving. Our laws regarding driving under the influence are, let’s be honest, somewhat infamously strict when compared to the rest of the country. But is it possible for a state to create DUI laws that are so restrictive that they cease to be truly beneficial?

This question may have an answer relatively soon, thanks to a new DUI law in Utah which is currently set to go into effect at the end of 2018. 

MADD v. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

There is an old saying that politics makes for strange bedfellows. Following a recent study conducted jointly by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, it would seem politics may also make for some strange enemies.

First The Back Story

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?

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