In an Arizona DUI case, there are typically three ways for the DUI case to resolve. One way is for a plea agreement to be reached, and the case will thus end with the defendant entering a plea of "guilty" on a certain charge or charges. Another way for the case to resolve is through a trial (either in front of a jury, or a Judge alone). Finally, the case could also end as a result of a dismissal, which is when the charge(s) that the State filed against the defendant is/are dismissed (and which can occur for numerous reasons).
Time and time again in Arizona DUI cases, I have seen a very real, recurring problem in the blood testing that occurs to determine the BAC (blood alcohol content) of the person accused of a DUI. The problem lies with the amount of blood drawn from the person.
Combine Arizona's booming tourist industry and Arizona's tough DUI enforcement and punishments, and the rationale behind the Arizona saying "Come on vacation, leave on probation" becomes all too apparent.
The following scenario is becoming more and more prevalent in Arizona. A person is pulled over for some very minor driving offense (like having a license plate light out or turning into the middle lane and not the curb lane), and a police officer approaches and asks if they've had anything to drink. The person then honestly answers that they've had one beer with dinner. That person trusts police officers, so, even though they do not believe they were driving while impaired, they comply with every request, hoping to be let go, only to be told that they've failed all of the balancing tests and are being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The person's car is then towed, and he or she is taken to a police station and held until a phlebotomist arrives and draws his or her blood. The person's blood alcohol level is accurately tested, and it comes in as expected: way below the legal limit, perhaps a 0.00 BAC.