It wasn't a vacation. Attorneys Craig Rosenstein and A.J. Hall were invited to a seminar in New Orleans called Mastering Scientific Evidence. It was hosted by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). It is an intensive multi-day course on scientific principles and forensics surrounding blood, breath, and urine currently used in crime labs. Some of the country's most reputable forensic scientists taught the country's best DUI lawyers the intricacies in representing clients accused of impaired driving. It is in-depth knowledge of how crime labs work, and some of the scientific short comings within those labs to produce erroneous results, that separate the attorneys at the Rosenstein Law Group from other attorneys practicing DUI defense in Arizona. If you are accused of impaired driving, you should immediately contact the attorneys at Rosenstein Law Group to help extricate you from the criminal justice system.
Whether you know it or not, you have agreed to give an officer a blood, breath, or urine sample at their request if they have reason to believe that you were operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) above a .08%. It was one of the many lines in small print right above the signature line when you signed up to get your AZ driver's license issued. The agreement (that you probably didn't even know you entered) says that if you are found by MVD to have been driving with a BAC above a .08, than you will be forced to serve a 90 day driving suspension. There is no automatic hearing to make that determination. If the officer thinks your BAC is higher than a .08, then you get a suspension. Since driving is a privilege and not a right in Arizona, due process does not attach as stringently, which means that a Judge does not have to look at it. YOU have to request that a Judge reviews the material or else the suspension automatically goes into effect. Furthermore, YOU have to request that a Judge look at it within 15 days of the officer notifying MVD or else you waive your right to have a Judge look at it. From a practical perspective, it means that you can be totally innocent of DUI, be picked up and arrested in a holiday sweep, and if you don't know the system intricately enough to make timely request for hearing with MVD, then you are stuck losing your license for 90 days. No matter what your circumstance is, if you have been arrested for a DUI, you need to have a smart and aggressive attorney help you assert your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.
The short answer is: maybe. Right now the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is figuring out how to implement some of the changes in the 2012 Arizona DUI Law, known as SB 1200. It is a common misunderstanding to think that the law reduced the interlock requirement in Arizona to 6 months. What it does is offer some people a deferment of 6 months after successful completion of 6 months. This deferment can be revoked at anytime and may not be offered. Its retroactivity to 2011 and earlier arrests is very much in question, but currently Arizona MVD seems inclined to only offer to people with dates of violation after Jan 1, 2012. This may change. What's more interesting are some provisions that will allow individuals to not have ignition interlock on at all. Yes- No interlock!! If you've been arrested for a DUI call a competent Arizona DUI attorney and see if they can help navigate you to a situation with no interlock requirement.
The most comprehensive DUI law changes since the 1990's were passed this past legislative session. SB 1200 has completely changed the way a person accused of DUI will be treated within the criminal justice system. This new law that went into effect January 1, 2012 will effect a person's rights, and potential consequences in all aspects of their case. It is unclear, because of how the law was written, which parts will apply to people arrested before that date. Additionally, contrary to internet rumors, not all aspects of this law will benefit those accused of alleged impaired driving. It is extremely important (perhaps now more than ever) to hire a competent DUI lawyer. Otherwise, you could both miss out on benefits in the change in law and be subject to some of negatives that could easily have been avoided.