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November 2010 Archives

After a DUI Arrest, You Have a Right to an Independent Blood Test

When a person is arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence (DUI), and a blood sample is drawn, the arresting officer is required to advise the person that they may have an independent test of their blood performed. However, in Arizona it is very difficult to find a facility willing to draw blood after business hours (typically when a DUI arrest occurs), and test it for alcohol concentration. By the time the person finds such a facility, secures transportation to that facility, and waits for blood to be drawn, many hours have passed. Due to the fact that alcohol disappears from one's system over time, this is can be an important issue.

Marijuana (Pot) and DUI Drugs in Arizona

The world's view of marijuana, or pot, is changing. We see this with an ever-growing amount of states passing medical marijuana laws, and have also seen it with the 40% of California residents that voted to legalize pot outright in California. Despite these facts, Arizona's laws on the subject haven't changed. Arizona has incredibly strict DUI Drugs laws on its books, under which guilt is determined by the mere presence of a drug or its metabolite in your system. That means that if you smoked one marijuana cigarette or joint three or four weeks ago, then every time you drove during that time (until your urine was absolutely free of the marijuana metabolites), you were driving under the influence of drugs (also known as DUI Drugs).

The Officer Blood Draw - Are Vampire Cops Real?

The era of the "Vampire Cops" is upon us. Well, I'm only kind of joking. The state of Arizona allows its police officers to draw blood from people that they arrest under the suspicion of DUI. Arizona has been doing this for years and was ahead of the recent vampire trend in TV and movies. If something about cops drawing blood gives you an uneasy feeling, you are not alone. Defense lawyers continue to challenge the constitutionality of such actions, and Arizona's unique stand. You can see one such legal opinion: Constitutionality of Officer Blood Draws in Arizona.

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